In Arizona there are so many awesome dry camping opportunities, so we decided to do some boondocking not too far from the Grand Canyon for a few nights.
We found an amazing spot nestled in the pine trees in the Forest Service Section #688, just about 10 miles from the south entrance. It felt so good to be back in the wilderness, and we took several long walks in search of unusual rocks, animal tracks and adventure. The kids were right at home running wild through the trees. The nights were so quiet and peaceful, and Pippa even tried to chase off a few elk.
It was an easy 10-minute drive to the south rim of the Grand Canyon from our spot. We were all blown away by the magnitude of this great natural wonder. It is named appropriately - very grand, indeed. Just peering over the edge of the steep cliffs was exciting. We could see the Colorado River way in the bottom of the canyon and even spotted the shadow of a bridge for hikers to cross. We started at Mather's Point then walked along the rim a few miles to check out several different viewpoints and visit the Geology Museum.
On our last morning in the area we got up at 5:00am to drive up to the canyon and battle the frigid cold wind to see the sunrise. It was a little cloudy, but it was still spectacular!