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Apr 11, 2008 16:58 |  #1

I'm leaving San Diego early next week. My next stop is the Grand Canyon but, after the last few hours googling information on the Grand Canyon i'm still unsure about what side of the Grand Canyon to go to.. the North Rim or the South Rim? I'm not too concerned about hotels and restaurant stuff just from a photography point of view which side will I get the most out of? there's always the option of shooting sunrise from one side and then sunset from the other but if one is better than the other than I can change those plans up. So, anybody who's been to the Grand Canyon or has any advice let me know.

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Apr 11, 2008 17:10 |  #2

Isn't the South side the more popular one?
I would say either way you go, you'll get PLENTY of photo ops. I did both sunrise and sunset there and it was very nice.

I went to the Canyons a few years ago around this time and it wasn't too crowded so it was great.

Actually, the more interesting spots of my trip were Bryce, Monument Valley, and Antelope.

But can't beat the sheer enormity of the Canyons that's for sure!




  
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Apr 11, 2008 17:22 |  #3

At The South Rim:

- you'll have the sun more to your back...
- more developed walking areas...
- far more ammenties...(Food, Drink, etc...)
- you might get to see the GC Railroad arrive or depart...
- the mule trips depart and come back on this side...
- there's a bus that makes circuits for when you get tired...
- the shopping is better (if you need souvenirs to take home...)
- lodging can be four star (El Tovar hotel...)
- closer to civilization (town of Tusyan is right outside the park...)

At The North Rim:
- you'll shoot more "up sun"
- far less developed
- much farther from "civilization'...
- views most never see
- more area to drive through (long drive into the park...)
- more diverse vegitation (seem to be more Aspen trees...)
- you can go to Point Imperial (highest point along the canyon...)
- if roads are closed (fire, snow, etc...), harder to get around than the south...
- lodging is much more "rustic" (no real "hotel" .. just cabins...)

I'm sure others can add but having been to both myself just this past September, these are the points that stand out.

Something I'd never considered, it's only one more hour to the North Rim from SD than it is to the South. Coming from North to South though is a long drive around the east end of the canyon...

Enjoy your trip!!


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Apr 11, 2008 17:59 |  #4

Actually, according to the NPS website, Highway 67 to the North Rim is still closed due to ice and snow, so that may be the decision maker for you, though I don't know if there are alternate routes, but I would imagine they of the same fate.

Having been there a number of times in the past couple of years, the South Rim has no shortage of great photo ops :)

EDIT: Per the NPS Grand Canyon Trip Planner, "The North Rim is open from mid-May through mid-October, weather permitting."


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Apr 11, 2008 21:26 |  #5

We went last year. Decided to go to the north rim as the South rim gets 80% (per GC brochure) of the traffic. I hate crowds. Seeing the North Rim I don't know how much better the South really could be. I suspect it has to do with the long drive through the park before you actually get to the canyon. I recall the drive to the rim took around an hour.


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Apr 12, 2008 00:26 |  #6

thanks for the tips folks I do think the North Rim sounds more appealing i'll google road conditions and see what comes up.

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Apr 12, 2008 00:34 |  #7

FWIW, I posted some views from the north rim here (starts with image #7...)

http://www.pbase.com/f​lyingphotog/northern_a​z (external link)

I'm rather proud of this pano of the North Rim:

http://www.pbase.com/f​lyingphotog/image/8604​2050 (external link)


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