Reminder: Grand Canyon Tour June 24th – 29th, 2022

By: Roger Heath

Now that the Holidays are over it’s time to start thinking about summer and with summer comes trips. If you’re new to the club or just haven’t decided there is a two part trip to the Grand Canyon. Plan is to leave Friday, June 24th and spend 2 nights in Kanab. Recommended hotels are the Best Western or Comfort Suites. However you’re free to stay wherever you want. The first part of the trip will be to the North Rim, spending part of the day in the park and for those that want head east along the Vermilion Cliffs to the Navajo Bridge spanning Marble Canyon. If time allows we can stop by Lees Ferry before heading back to Kanab.

 

For those that want to spend a couple of extra nights we’ll head to the South Rim on Sunday, June 26th, spending 2 nights inside the park. If you intend to do this part lodging is filling up quickly. 

 

Please see the Events tab in the Utah Miata Club Facebook group for more details or ask me, Roger Heath.

This will be a two part trip split into three days each. You can do only one part or combine them into a single long tour. Part 1 visits the north rim of the Grand Canyon while part 2 spends time on the south rim.

- On Friday we leave Draper head south via Spanish Fork Canyon to Kanab for two nights. On Saturday, June 25th, we head to the north rim where you can hike, spend time gazing over the canyon, driving to other viewpoints, or all three. If time permits we will leave the canyon and drive along the Vermilion Cliffs to the historic Navajo Bridge and hopefully catch sight of the California Condors.

For Kanab I suggest either the Best Western Red Hills or Comfort Suites Kanab National Park Area. Both are right across the street from each other.  Sunday, June 26th, for those only doing part 1 of the tour it is your time to head home. There is no designated route home as there are multiple ways you can go depending if you want scenic or the quickest way home.

Part 2 (June 26th – 29th) – We will begin part 2 and head south out of Kanab towards the north rim again. Rather than going to the north rim we will continue on highway 89A, past the Vermilion Cliffs on our way to the south rim and Grand Canyon Village. We spend two nights, June 26th and 27th, in Grand Canyon Village.

Tuesday, June 28th, we begin our trip home. Once again, there is no designated route home. If you like a long drive you could head straight home on the 28th or spend another night somewhere in between.

Lodging goes quick at the South Rim as lodging outside the park is not very convenient. It is highly recommended to make reservations as soon as possible if you plan to go or are just a maybe. For the  lodges on the rim reservations can be made at grandcanyonlodges.com or by calling 888-297-2757. There seems to be an issue with the website. When you enter the dates and click on Check Availability the next page shows all lodges sold out. However if you click on the View Calendar link for the lodge you want and scroll to June 2022 you will see the dates with vacancies and types of rooms available. You will be charged the first night’s rate as a deposit but it is fully refundable if you cancel at least 48 hours in advance. Currently Bright Angel Lodge is your best value.

If you prefer to stay at Yavapai lodge you can book at www.visitgrandcanyon.com or by calling 877-404-4611. You will be charged the first night’s rate as a deposit but it is fully refundable if you cancel at least 48 hours in advance.

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