|The Grand Canyon and Condor - Part 5 of 11 of
2010 Tour of fantastic Southwest USA
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Angel's Window near Cape Royal in the North Rim of Grand Canyon. It is a natural arch. Notice the size of
people on the Angel's Window Overlook above this Window.
Zoom in for a closer view of people on Angle's Window Overlook. They walk straight over the hole in the rock
which they saw only minutes before.
Another view of the Colorado River at the bottom. Here you can fully enjoy the beauty of mother nature.
The Glen Canyon Dam Bridge high above the canyon for Highway 89 to cross the Colorado River here.
A 10-minute video is available to provide more information on the tour of Glen Canyon Dam, Bridge and Lake
Powell at the following website:
Through this 2010 trip plus several of my previous trips, I have accumulated substantial experience of
sightseeing and photography along the mighty Colorado River in USA as listed in the following:
A. Upper Colorado River Scenic Byway 128 along beautiful upper Colorado River with spectacular steep red
sandstone narrow gorge along southern border of Arches National Park (just north of Moab) in our 2003 tour
of southwest USA.
B. The giant Gooseneck of Colorado River between Canyonlands National Park and Dead Horse Point State
Park as shown on my web page at:
C. Lake Powell, Glen Canyon Dam and Glen Canyon Dam Bridge, Horseshoe Bend, Navajo Bridge, Condor,
and Grand Canyon as shown on this web page,
D. Hoover Dam, Lake Mead and big horn sheep as shown on my web page at:
E. Scenic Highway 68 at the southern end of Lake Mead National Recreation Area about 60 miles south of
Hoover Dam as shown on my web page at:
F. Scenic Highway 93 from Kingman to Hoover Dam, then to Las Vegas as shown on my web page at:
G. London Bridge on Colorado River at Lake Havasu City in Arizona, and bird watching at several national
wildlife refuges along the lower Colorado River Delta at the border between California and Arizona as shown
on my web page at:
H. Bird watching at Salton Sea in southeast California (Salton Sea was created by the flooding of the
Colorado River many years ago.) as shown on my web page at:
Location and Direction:
How to get to North Rim of Grand Canyon: Take Arizona Highway 67 from the village of Jacob Lake going
south through Kaibob National forest for 30 miles to reach North Rim entrance. The Bright Angel Point at the
actual rim of the canyon is an additional 14 miles south from the North Rim entrance. There is a gas station, a
restaurant and a hotel at the village of Jacob Lake in north central Arizona. The village of Jacob Lake at the
junction of Highway 67 and Highway 80-Alt is known as the "Gateway to the Grand Canyon" because it is the
starting point of Highway 67, the only paved road leading to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon some 44 miles
to the south. The trees and the meadows along Highway 67 are very beautiful and we saw 10 to 15 deer
grazing on the grassy meadows along Highway 67.
Map: Click here to see Google Map showing location of Grand Canyon-North Rim
In addition to the Bright Angel Point, there is a winding scenic paved drive (Cape Royal Road - 45-minute drive
one way) to reach several other spectacular View Points, such as Cape Royal, Angels’ Window Overlook,
Walhalla Overlook, Vista Encantadora, Cape Final, Roosevelt Point, and Point Imperial. From the Grand
Canyon Lodge, drive north 3 miles, then turn right to take the scenic Cape Royal Road for panorama up, down,
and across the canyon. Stop at several scenic overlooks along the way. The enjoyment along this scenic drive
can easily take half a day.
Detailed Park Map of North Rim of the Grand Canyon is available on page 8 of the following website:
Horseshoe Bend is 5 miles southwest of the town of Page in Arizona. It is on the south bound side of Highway
89 and 1.4 miles south of the junction of Highway 89 and Highway 98. It is 0.2 miles south of the Mile Marker
545 on Highway 89. At that point, there is a roadside signboard of Horseshoe Bend Overlook and a short dirt
road to go west into the parking lot for visitors of Horseshoe Bend Overlook as shown in the following photo.
Map: Click here to see Google Map showing satellite view of location of Horseshoe Bend
This sign shows that condor is the largest with a wing span of nine and half feet, the next is the golden eagle
with a wing span of seven feet and the third is the red-tailed hawk with a wing span of four feet. This sign is
located at a condor observation site on the (unpaved) House Rock Road 2.9 miles north of junction of Highway
89-Alt and House Rock Road (BLM Road 1065) in northern Arizona. This junction is between Mileposts 565
and 566 of Highway 89-Alt and is about 14 miles east of Jacob Lake. This is near a release site of condor on
the majestic and beautiful Vermilion Cliffs along scenic Highway 89-Alt.
Map: Click here to see Google Map showing location of this Condor Observation Site
When we were enjoying the beautiful scenery of Vermilion Cliffs while driving on scenic Highway 89-Alt from
Page to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon in Arizona, we saw some large birds flying high on the sky as
shown on the picture above. However, they were flying so high that I could not be certain that they were
A view of the winding Colorado River at the bottom 5,700 feet below the North Rim.
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On the edge of one of the world's natural wonders! Wow!
Fantastic classic views of the Grand Canyon from the North Rim at an elevation of 8,000 feet and is 1,000 feet
higher than the South Rim. North Rim is everything you expect from Grand Canyon, without the big crowds!
Enjoy the quiet fresh air of altitude.
The North Rim is reasonably close to many other points of interest in our 2010 Tour and is therefore, included
in this tour. We toured the North Rim of the Grand Canyon in Arizona, USA on June 7, 2010.
Grand Canyon and nearby area is an important area to see something very large, not just the large canyon,
but also very large bird, condor, which is the largest bird in America with a wing span of nine and half feet. It is
a jumble-sized vulture as shown in the following picture of comparison of relative sizes of three kinds of large
birds: Red Tailed Hawk vs. Golden Eagle vs. Condor.
At Navajo Bridge where Highway 89-Alt crosses the Colorado River, we saw four condors sunning on cliff
ledges below the bridge and above the river as shown in these two photos. This is at Mile Marker 539 of
Highway 89-Alt near the area of Marble Canyon and Lee's Ferry and is a few miles southwest of Page in
Map: Click here to see Google Map showing location of Navajo Bridge
As a bird-watcher, I am very happy to see these condors at such close distance. A trade mark of condors and
vultures is that there is no feather on their heads and necks.
In 1985, the wild population of California condors consisted of nine individuals. Critically endangered due to
loss of habitat and environmental hazards, the US Fish & Wildlife Service moved these last remaining wild birds
into conservation breeding programs as part of the California Condor Recovery Program. A multi-agency effort
was able to reintroduce the condor back into the nature and has since brought the species back from the brink
of extinction. The Recovery Team continues to monitor the movement and behavior of the released condors in
the wild. Therefore, many of these released condors, each has an identification number on its wings. A nice
video program about condors can be seen at the following website:
These released condors have been breeding to produce offspring in the wild successfully. For example, an
non-tagged condor has been sighted in Kolob Canyon in Zion National Park in Utah as described at the
In my subsequent 3-day tour of the South Rim of Grand Canyon from October 10 to 12, 2014, I did see and
took nice close up pictures of a condor soaring above the Grand Canyon as shown on my web page at:
This is the Navajo Bridge which is at the eastern end of the Grand Canyon. It towers some 467 feet above
the Colorado River. The background is the beautiful Vermilion Cliffs. The bridge on the right side is a
footbridge for pedestrian and the bridge on the left side is for vehicles.
Map: Click here to see Google Map showing location of Navajo Bridge
At the eastern end of the Grand Canyon near the Navajo Bridge, the canyon is narrow but beautiful. It was
here that we saw those four condors on the cliff above the Colorado River. This beautiful area marks the
beginning of the Grand Canyon at its most eastern point. The cool waters of the Colorado River offer a
stunning contrast to the ancient rock walls that rise to form the majestic Marble Canyon.
Beautiful bright pink Vermilion Cliffs along scenic Highway 89-Alt between Page and North Rim of the Grand
Canyon. The Vermilion Cliffs are the second "step" up in the five-step Grand Staircase of the Colorado
A nice picture of a condor flying under the Navajo Bridge at Marble Canyon is available at the following
Zoom in for a closer view of the winding Colorado River at the bottom with some white water.
Wonderful View from Roosevelt Point in North Rim.
Gorgeous view of Bright Angel Canyon from one of two long decks outside the sunroom of the Grand Canyon
Lodge at the North Rim. This lodge sits precariously perched on the rim edge with abundant patios and viewing
sites overlooking the abyss. A paved, half-mile (round-trip) trail leads from the lodge, out the spine of the
ridge, to the Bright Angel Point for dramatic views of the South Rim, side canyons, and the distant San
Francisco Peaks. This trail is steep in places, with drop-offs and stairs. I felt the effect of the thin air at 8,000
feet elevation quickly when I had to go uphill on this trail.
Horseshoe Bend: The emerald green Colorado River makes a giant horseshoe turn under the 1,000-foot steep
cliff around an orange colored sandstone butte here, and therefore, the name of Horseshoe Bend for this
location. This is not in the Grand Canyon, but is a few miles further northeast of Navajo Bridge in Marble
Canyon. It is 5 miles southwest of the town of Page and is near Glen Canyon and Lake Powell. After making
this horseshoe turn, the Colorado River rushes towards the Grand Canyon. We were on a cliff 1,000 feet
above the Colorado River here. It is magnificent and scary because there is no safety guard rail at the edge of
the high cliff.
To take this picture, I had to lay down flat on my stomach on a flat rock surface near the edge, then moved
inch by inch forward towards the edge 1,000 feet above the river. I still did not dare to poke my head over the
edge. Instead, I used my two hands to hold my camera out and over the cliff, and turn the fully articulating
LCD screen of my camera to compose and to take this picture. The air temperature was more than 100
degrees in this desert environment such that it was not comfortable to lay down flat on the very hot rock
surface. Therefore, this picture is very special to me. However, the 28-mm focal length of my camera is still
not wide enough to capture the bend in its entirety. Some professional photographers use wide angle lens with
focal length in the range of 10 to 14 mm to be able to capture the beautiful bend in its entirety.
We thank our friends, Chih Kwan and Shan Cheng Chen, for their valuable information and experience about
A satellite view of the Horseshoe Bend on Google Map can be seen at the following website:
This is the "regular" picture of the Horseshoe Bend that I took when I stood up on the edge but stayed about
two or three feet away from the edge for safety.
A spectacular 360° Aerial Panorama of the Horseshoe Bend can be seen at the following website:
There is a boat tour on the Colorado River to enjoy awesome canyon vistas including Horseshoe Bend from the
river below as shown in the 11-minute Video at following website:
The 15-mile section of the Colorado River from the bottom of Glen Canyon Dam to the historic Lee's Ferry is
calm, smooth with no white water rapids. The Glen Canyon here is one of the river's true treasures and one of
the few places along the river's length that the stunning scenery is accessible for day trips. Information on this
15-mile float is available at the following websites:
Going north along the Colorado River a few more miles, we also visited the Glen Canyon Dam and saw the
beautiful Lake Powell above the dam. This dam is only about one mile northwest of Page.
There is a hiking trail for visitors to go down from the Grand Canyon Lodge to the Vista Point in this picture. All
together this equals a fantastic Grand Canyon experience
From this parking lot, the visitors take a 0.75 mile walk on a sandy trail to go up and down a hill to reach the
edge of the 1,000-foot cliff at the Horseshoe Bend Overlook. This photo of parking lot is taken on the top of
the hill half way between the parking lot and the edge of the cliff of Horseshoe Bend. Walking on this sandy
The short sandy trail to go from the parking lot up to the hill.
The sandy trail continues from the top of the hill to go down to the edge of the Horseshoe Bend Overlook.
Notice that there is no safety rails at the edge of the 1,000-foot cliff.
Glen Canyon Dam and Bridge is on Highway 89 and is about one mile west of the City of Page.
Map: Click here to see Google Map showing location of Glen Canyon Dam and Bridge
We toured Antelope Canyons, Glen Canyon Dam and Bridge and Horseshoe Bend on the same day of June
6, 2010. After all those hiking on the sandy trail going up and down and climbing up and down in Antelope
Canyons in 100 degree desert high temperature, we were exhausted at the end of the day. We needed a
good dinner to regain our strength. We had the dinner at Mandarin Gourmet Buffet Restaurant at 683 South
Lake Powell Boulevard in Gateway Plaza in Page. Wow! That "All-You-Can-Eat" buffet dinner tasted so
good after we were so exhausted at the end of that day. We really needed that good meal to recover our
energy for the Tour of Grand Canyon on the following day of June 7.
Our 10-Day 2010 Tour Route of Southwest USA is a large loop starting and ending in Las Vegas in Nevada,
USA. The sequence of fantastic Point-Of-Interest (POIs) on this large loop is:
Las Vegas in Nevada --------> Kolob Canyon in Zion National Park in Utah ---------> Cedar Break National
Monument in Utah --------> Red Canyon State Park in Utah --------> Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah
--------> Scenic Byway 12 through beautiful Grand Staircase-Escalante Monument in Utah --------> Scenic
Burr Trail and southern Part of Capital Reef National Park in Utah --------> Goblin Valley State Park in Utah
--------> Dead Horse Point State Park in Utah --------> Canyonland National Park in Utah ---------> Arches
National Park in Utah --------> Goosenecks State Park in Utah --------> Monument Valley in Arizona
Antelope Canyons in Arizona --------> Glen Canyon Dam and Bridge over Colorado River in Arizona
Horseshoe Bend of Colorado River in Arizona ---------> Navajo Bridge over Colorado River in Arizona
Scenic Highway 89-ALT from east to west along beautiful Vermilion Cliffs National Monument in Arizona
--------> Grand Canyon - North Rim in Arizona --------> Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada --------->
Hemenway Park in Boulder City in Nevada ---------> Las Vegas in Nevada.
From the top of the hill, I zoomed in for a closer look of the edge of the 1,000-foot cliff over the Horseshoe
Looking from the edge of Horseshoe Bend back to the sandy hiking trail and the top of the hill. It looks much
brighter this way because of the direction of sunshine. With 100 degree desert temperature, it took
substantial effort to walk this 0.75 mile of sandy trail up and down the hill.
When I was taking pictures of the Horseshoe Bend, my camera was pointing almost against the sun.
The bright pink Vermilion Cliffs rise 1,400 feet above the scanty vegetation of House Rock Valley. Modern
U.S. Highway 89A basically follows the old wagon route past the cliffs through House Rock Valley and up the
Kaibab Plateau to Jacob Lake.
Breathtaking landscapes, Wonderful experience of the feeling of gazing out over such incredible, gorgeous
views of Grand Canyon! They defy description.
A picture of me (Sing Lin) with my camera
and my monopod in Grand Canyon - This
photo by May Lee.
All Android smartphones and Android tablets running Android Version 4.2 or newer have a nice feature of
highly automated way to take panoramic pictures easily. iPhones also have similar feature. So, now it is
much easier to take panoramic pictures of fantastic views. For spectacular panoramic views of Grand
Canyon from South Rim in our subsequent 3-day tour from October 10 to 12, 2014, please see my new web