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In April 2013, my husband and I did a Utah and Arizona Grand Circle tour-covering the Grand Canyon, the Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, Natural Bridges National Monument, The Needles and the Island in the Sky of the Canyonlands National Parks, Archers National Parks, Goblins State Park, the Little Wild Horse slot canyon, Capital Reef National Parks, the Devils Garden in the Grand Escalante National Monument, Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, Wahweap Hoodoos, Lake Powell National Recreation Area, Buckskin Gulch slot canyon, and finally back to Grand Canyon. Altogether spending fifteen days and fourteen nights for this amazing trip. By reading all the past Fodorites forums, helped me planned a very successful trip of a life time. I would like to thank everyone who has written all these detail reports that help others to plan their respective trips to all these wonder places. Life is beautiful- when we take time to appreciate what nature has given us to marvel.
The trip began at Grand Canyon and ended at Grand Canyon. We got a last minute opening for a night at Phantom Ranch, even though we did not prepare ourselves for this hike, but we decided to jump on this opportunity. Thinking that if we took our time, one step at a time, we would eventually reach the bottom of the canyon. We chose to hike down the Bright Angel trail, and up the South Kaibab trail, thinking that we would have enough time to drive to The View Hotel for the night.
Day 1 – Arriving GC around 3pm. Checked in Bright Angel lodge, and took the shuttle heading towards Hermit Rest. Stopping at various points to marvel at the grandeur of the canyon, and enjoying the leisure day for a beautiful sunset at GC.
Day 2 – After an early breakfast, we were ready to hike down the canyon. It was a gorgeous day for hiking, and the inner canyon is so beautiful. Even if you just do a short hike along the Bright Angel Trail, you will appreciate the canyon more than just on the rim. We went down the trail slowly, stopping now and then to see the surrounding sceneries. It took us nine hours to reach Phantom ranch, just enough time to take a short nap before dinner. After dinner, we joined the ranger night program before turning in for the night.
Day 3 – The breakfast call was 4:30am. We decided to leave before day break, so it had only amber night in the surroundings. It was so peaceful, quiet, and beautiful. By the time we reached the Black Bridge, day break had just began. South Kaibab Trail is very steep, but shorter than Bright Angel Trail. It was a very hard climb, but the scenery was spectacular. The last three miles seemed forever, but we would still do it all over again. It took eight hours for us to climb to the top. After some rest, we drove straight to the Monument Valley just in time for the beautiful sunset.
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