One of the highlights of a visit to the Grand Canyon
is following the Desert View Drive, which runs along the canyon rim for 23
miles. This is the only scenic drive open to private cars on the South Rim. With
one breathtaking overlook and pull-out after another, this portion of SR 64 offers
some of the most stunning panoramas of the canyon.
The majestic Grand Canyon!
Print out a guide which provides mile markers for each noteworthy stop. There is parking at every viewpoint; just be sure to allow plenty of time (at least two hours) to appreciate the marvelous scenery.
Here is a visual tour of our journey:
Pipe Creek Vista at mile marker 242.5 is the first pullout from the Grand Canyon Visitor Center.
|Colorful rock formations at Pipe Creek Vista|
|People see different things in the Grand Canyon formations.|
Point, a popular viewpoint at mile marker 251, offers
panoramic views of Grand Canyon from east to west, including several bends of
the Colorado River to the east.
The Colorado River sneaks into view. Incredibly beautiful formations take shape at Grandview Point.
Point, at mile marker 258, highlights three main rock
groups of the Grand Canyon—Layered Paleozoic sedimentary rocks, Grand Canyon Supergroup,
and Basement Rocks (oldest at the canyon).
A variety of rock groups make up the Grand Canyon.
Point, at mile marker 263.5, offers views of Hance
whitewater rapid; Unkar Delta, home of ancestral Puebloan people; and the
Supergroup, a unique rock strata that is visible from only a few places on the
There are many whitewater rapids on the Colorado River.
Desert View, mile marker 264.5. From the Point you have excellent views of the Colorado River as it makes a big bend to the west.
|The Colorado River winds among the walls of the Grand Canyon.|
Photos by Larry and Beverly Burmeier
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