The Grand Canyon is not too far from Sedona. Stephen had never been there so what a better way to celebrate his birthday with a visit, and check it off the bucket list?
We left Sedona early at 6:30 am, partially due to the heat. On our way there we made some stops, with the first one at Bell Rock Trail.
Then, a few miles later we watched the sunrise above the Red Rock Visitors Center.
The rest of the journey was smooth sailing. It’s probably the best reason to get up early…. hardly any traffic.
We arrived at the Grand Canyon around 9:00. Not all parts of the Grand Canyon is open to the public. The South Rim, the most popular entrance, was. The park asks that masks are worn and social distancing is observed. For the most part, most people were observing this.
There was plenty of parking at the visitor center. Although the center itself was closed, thankfully not the bathrooms. There were signs all over the visitor center with helpful tips on what to do.
We decided to start along the Mather Point viewpoint, and continue along the path to Yavapai Point, taking pictures from the overlook.
Since many areas were off limit, the visitor center had a sign suggesting that we should follow the Desert View Drive to check out various viewpoints. We went to five.
Lipan Point was the end of the road for us, as the East entrance was closed, which was where the Navajo Point (highest vista on the south rim) and the Desert View watchtower was located. We turned around and headed to Flagstaff for an early dinner.