Quality Inn Navajo Nation
10 North Main Street
Tuba City, AZ 86045
Phone: (928) 283-4545
Fax: (928) 283-4144
Stand on the big bend of the Grand Canyon's Northern Rim and see the Colorado River from a hawk's point of view. Rocky vistas stretch as far as the eye can see, both east and south, with the river sparkling like a ribbon tied down the center. A nature trail leads adventure-seeking souls over Angel's Window, a stunning natural limestone bridge that forms a "window" through which mortals and angels alike can peer down at the gorge below. Signs along the trail give insight on the wildlife and vegetation in this awe-inspiring high desert region.
Imagine hiking only half a mile through 800 years of history. Wupatki National Monument is home to some incredible prehistoric pueblos built by early wizards of masonry; the American Indians who once farmed this rugged terrain. Three trails each promise unique and rewarding sights within this self-guided scenic park. Visitors can picnic atop a cinder cone and enjoy panoramic views from Doney Mountain Trail. Bring your hiking shoes, camera, and quest for adventure. A visitors' center offers exhibits and restrooms. The USD3 park admission fee is also redeemable at Sunset Crater Volcano Monument.
At 8,803 feet above sea level, Point Imperial overlook treats travelers to the northernmost view of the Grand Canyon. Here, the Colorado River spills from the spire-like walls of Marble Gorge. To get there, take the Cape Royal Scenic Drive. From Grand Canyon Lodge, go north three miles on AZ 67 to the paved park road that juts off to the right. Drive five miles to the three-way intersection and turn left at the sign for Point Imperial. Continue three miles to the lookout point.
If you are planning your first-ever visit to the Grand Canyon, Angel Point is a fabulous place to catch your first real glimpse of its grandeur. Just drive to the Grand Canyon Lodge at the North Rim. From the parking lot, you are just steps away from the breathtaking views at Angel Point. From this lofty ledge, travelers can easily see countless tributary canyons winding their way into the heart of the gorge.
Of the two maintained trails in the south rim, this 6.3-mile trail is the less traveled. While it affords extensive views in both directions, it offers no shade and is considered steep, descending 4,500 feet to the river below. It was built along a ridge line in the 1920s. Although it is considered more strenuous than the other maintained trail, it is also believed to be more scenic.