Toroweap: North Rim of the Grand Canyon

Carol and I visited Toroweap on the way home from a summer trip to Colorado. Toroweap is on the north rim of the Grand Canyon on the Arizona Strip. The road to the rim of The Canyon is 50+ miles of dirt and silt, finished off with lots of rocks the last few miles. There’s only a few NPS campgrounds, which consists of a table and fire ring. From the rim at Toroweap, you can look straight down 3,000′ to the Colorado River without railings or other people.

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The drive to the rim of the canyon is generally easy and fast. Of course, weather can degrade road conditions making it impassible.

The drive to the rim of the canyon is generally easy and fast. Of course, weather can degrade road conditions making it impassible. Start in Kanab, UT, then drive south to the Arizona Strip.

One day we were driving out to visit some nearby petroglyphs and ran into this guy in a little Suzuki car stuck in a deep siltbed.

One day we were driving away from the canyon to visit some nearby petroglyphs and ran into this guy in a little Suzuki car stuck in a deep silt bed. He kept saying “… but it’s four wheel drive!” Uh, yeah, right.

Looking upstream along the Rio Colorado from Toroweap.

Looking upstream along the Rio Colorado from Toroweap.

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The local residents at Toroweap weren't happy about sharing the neighborhood with the tourists.

The local residents at Toroweap weren’t happy about sharing the neighborhood with tourists.

The view from our campsite.

The view from our campsite.

Our campsite. That rip in the earth, about 1/4 mile behind us, is the Grand Canyon. You really can't see it until you get to the edge.

Our campsite. That rip in the earth, about 1/4 mile behind us, is the Grand Canyon. You really can’t see it until you get to the edge.

Summer temps were very warm, so we just left the ingredients in the sun to "cook" dinner.

Summer temps were very warm, so we just left the ingredients in the sun to “cook” dinner.

Toroweap is the only place in the Grand Canyon where you can look straight down, 3,000 feet, to the river.

Toroweap is the only place in the Grand Canyon where you can look straight down, 3,000 feet, to the river.

Finding the nearby petroglyphs required about 20 miles of driving on remote roads, and a 10 minute, cross-country hike. And some orienteering.

Finding the nearby petroglyphs required about 20 miles of driving on remote roads, and a 10 minute, cross-country hike. And some orienteering.

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