Hey there, Chrissettes!
Ready for a more travel-y post? You’re in luck – this time it’s all about the Grand Canyon’s North Rim.
Located in Arizona and nearby Utah, the North Rim tends to be the most uninviting part of the Grand Canyon because of its remoteness as well as the long distance to get there. But like the West, East, and South Rims, it is as equally breathtaking.
Let me tell you why. 🙂
Reason 1: It’s Not Crowded Around this Time
Personally, I love to explore new places when there aren’t a ton of people wandering about. The less people there are, the more of a magical experience it is for me.
Even when planning a shoot, I always try to make sure I do it early in the morning or an hour before sunset to take advantage of golden hour.
According to this website, the best months to visit the Grand Canyon’s North Rim are from May 15th through October 15th every year. When I went, it was during the first week of August, and there weren’t that many people there. I personally like to think one of the reasons why, aside from the distance and all, is because school’s back in session (I only saw a few families).
tl;dr Less people photobombing your amazing photos that should have been on Facebook or Instagram.
Reason 2: It’s a Lot Cooler than You’d think it Would Be
One of the things I regretted the most is not bringing jeans or warm enough outerwear. Despite the awesome photos of this super chic OOTD, I was actually shivering to the point where my teeth were chattering. LOUDLY.
The trip there is an interesting one as the North Rim is a lot closer to the Utah border. During this time, Utah was pretty warm, so I thought I’d be fine with my denim skirt and a shirt dress turned shirt. Don’t believe me? Here’s the actual dress here.
But as I got closer and closer, it was like watching nature grow; you’d start off with stunning reddish, orange-y rock formations to a ton of flat land before entering a forest a couple hours later.
So maybe you don’t get cold that fast as I do, but having lived in a desert area for most of my life, you definitely need to have a jacket on hand as the months get colder and colder, especially in the mountainous parts of North Rim.
And check this, according to the National Park Service website, it once got as low as -22F° on February 1, 1989. It’s also one of the more rainier regions as well.
If you do decide to go there around this time of year, please don’t be like me and bring along some comfortable pants and cozy jackets in your travel bags.
tl;dr You won’t die that much.
3. There’s a TON to Explore
Prior to the trip, I didn’t think that it would be that ginormous; you see, I had only seen the Grand Canyon in photo form, and after being in just ONE part of it, photos really can’t capture how small it makes you feel.
In addition, there are multiple entrances to get into certain parts of the Grand Canyon because of how large it is. I mentioned this earlier, but I went to the more lengthy route, aka the North Rim. The southern route, however, tends to be the more popular route as it leads to the innermost parts of the Canyon and is a lot shorter, time-wise.
While I haven’t gone through the former, the northern route still has a lot of charm and a lot of pretty rock formations, if you’re into that kind of thing
like me. Bryan Vaughn, founder and designer of Vaughnberry, suggested that I should give Zion, nearby national park, a try. Sadly, I wasn’t able to visit, but it’s definitely on my travel bucketlist for the next time around.
Since the Northern part of the Grand Canyon is a lot more forested, there are plenty of trails to walk around. I’ve even heard of trails that can take as long as two days to finish!
Also, a popular activity you can do there are the Mule tours. Since the 1920’s, the mules have carried people like Theodore Roosevelt (there’s even a special spot dedicated to him) to experience the beauty of the North Rim up close and personal.
tl;dr lots of walking and going on Mule rides you can tell your friends about.
Reason 4: You Can Extend Your Stay
When you enter the North Rim, you first stop by this little booth where you purchase a pass to enter the national park. Due to how enormous the park is, the pass lasts for an entire week. It’s highly recommended you stay a couple of days rather than leave a couple hours later like I did.