Located in Northwestern Arizona, the Grand Canyon is 277 miles long, up to 18 miles wide and a mile deep. Carved by the Colorado River and the forces of nature, the majority of this geological formation lies within the borders of the national park; however the newly constructed horseshoe shaped glass walkway is located on the west rim, on Hualapai land. That said, no matter what area of the park you visit, there’s no shortage of breathtaking views at this national treasure.
- For an interesting look at the history of the Fred Harvey Company, El Tovar Hotel and Bright Angel Lodge, pop into the Bright Angel History Room on the South Rim. Exhibits include artifacts from these two Harvey Houses, as well as old photos, an 1880 Harvey House dinner gong, and even a vintage Harvey Girl uniform. It also includes information and photos from a Harvey Indian Detour excursion, which took train passengers on a five-night trip to nearby Native American sites. The accessible entrance to Bright Angel Lodge is located on the canyon side, as there are stairs up to the front door of this historic building.
- All but one of the in-park lodges have accessible rooms. That said, Kachina Lodge is the only property with an elevator, so it’s a good choice for slow walkers who want an upper floor standard room, but cannot do stairs.
- A little known driving route to the bottom of the canyon is located on Hualapai land in Peach Springs, about halfway between Seligman and Kingman on old Route 66. Diamond Creek Road begins across the street from Hualapai Lodge, and runs for 19.5 miles to the bottom of the canyon. About a mile from the beginning, the pavement gives way to a graded dirt road; and although a four-wheel-drive vehicle is not required, the drive is not recommended for low clearance vehicles. A permit, which is required to drive the bottom of the canyon, can be purchased at Hualapai Lodge.