Pima Point overlook Grand Canyon NP
So many people have commented on the wide variety of views at Grand Canyon. When I’m working in the visitor center on the North Rim during the summer I am often asked by visitors “where’s the best view?” My pat answer, “there’s no bad views of Grand Canyon.”
Yet I am unfamiliar with the South Rim overlooks so was excited to get a chance to drive out on the Hermit Road to explore the many views with parking and small walks, like Mohave, Hopi and Pima Points.
Look closely on the left side of the fin seen in the lower right and you’ll see part of Hermit Trail which leads to the remains of Hermit Camp Built by the Santa Fe Railroad in 1911-12. Back in those days visitors arrived by train then traveled nine miles by stage coach to Hermit Rest, one mile west, followed by a mule ride to the river and a night’s stay at Hermit Camp for $18.25. The tent accommodations included stoves, glass windows, real beds, and wooden floors covered with Navajo rugs. Cabins eventually replaced the tents. An aerial tramway from Pima Point carried supplies to Hermit Camp. In 1928 the Santa Fe abandoned the camp. I haven’t hiked this one, yet.
To the west I recognized Wotons Throne in the distance.
And just before I left a sundog appeared. I’ve been blessed with several of those this winter. Next stop, end of the road at Hermit Rest.
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