Grand Canyon Area Travel Guide

Resource for those planning to visit Grand Canyon National Park and other locations in and around the Grand Canyon and Northern Arizona. The area features diverse outdoor recreation and some of the world’s most spectacular sightseeing. Coverage includes North Rim, South Rim, Inner Canyon, Toroweap, Havasu Canyon, Grand Canyon West, and Grand Canyon Skywalk.

Hiking the Jumpup, Kanab, Deer Creek Canyon Loop

Over the years, we had the good fortune of backpacking to the bottom of the Grand Canyon six times. We had started with the popular and relatively easy “tourist” trails such as the Bright Angel, North Kaibab, and South Kaibab, and progressed to steadily more challenging routes each time. One reason was the sense of adventure.

Tuckup Canyon and the Fantastic Shamans’ Gallery

Shamans’ Gallery in Tuckup Canyon, which is located in the remote and desolate far western section of Grand Canyon, is a spectacular rock art site, with many life-sized figures. The artwork may be over 3,000 years old. It is comparable in scope and perhaps context to the Great Gallery of Horseshoe Canyon in Canyonlands National Park, widely viewed as North America’s finest rock art gallery.

Hiking and Backpacking to the bottom of the Grand Canyon

Hiking to the bottom of the Grand Canyon is one of America’s great outdoor adventures. However it is also a great challenge. You must be in excellent physical condition and well-prepared. It can make the difference between a pleasurable trip and a tortuous ordeal.

An Introduction to Grand Canyon National Park

The Grand Canyon is perhaps the world’s greatest natural wonder. It offers an innumerable variety of sensations from the sublime vistas at the canyon rim to the subtle charm of the tiny creeks and streams which nourish the backcountry traveler.

Reminiscences of a River Rafting Photographer by John Blaustein

Our special guest, renowned photographer and author, John Blaustein, offers his reminiscences as a professional river-runner at the Grand Canyon. He explains how it led to his collaboration with the late Edward Abbey, the famed environmental author, on their classic, “The Hidden Canyon: A River Journey”.

Fine Art of the Inner Canyon, by Photographer John Blaustein

Our special guest, renowned photographer and author, John Blaustein, pays a second visit to American West Travelogue to showcase some of his Inner Canyon favorites. John spent ten seasons photographing the Grand Canyon while working as a guide rowing dories down the Colorado River.

Hiking the Canyon: Three Rules for a Fulfilling Trip by Ken McNamara

“My life is about to take an unexpected turn – and I don’t even have a clue. A few minutes after this picture was taken I stepped below the rim of the Grand Canyon for the first time.”