1st timer: Grand Canyon vacation

The only advice I can offer is “Don’t fall in.” Obvious, yes, but a rule I came closer to breaking than I cared to. (Well, I suppose there’s a corollary of “Make sure any buses you get on are well-maintained.” My one visit was brief, but not uneventful.)

Magnificent place, though.

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A few caveats, as I’m traveling with small children. I imagine I’ll want to come back when they’re older, but now’s not the time for “only two days, are you crazy?” or “don’t go where the tourists go, there’s this 8-mile hike with stunning views away from the main roads.” With that in mind:

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I get it and sympathize completely. I’m not trying to convince you otherwise. Here is Toroweap Point, one of my favorite places in the world, and it’ll still be there later whenever you want to make that trip.

What you don’t realize from the pics is that for most of these shots you’re standing with one foot on the solid plateau and one on a large, perched boulder and there’s a gap between your legs that falls off an appreciable difference. At least that was the case the last couple of times I went, albeit over a thirty year period. Heck, maybe it fell.

Thanks all for the advice and suggestions.

We are doing the Hermit’s Rest trail, which I’ve read is not an easy one. However, it is a Junior Ranger program, guided by a Ranger. So I’d imagine s/he would keep a reasonable pace and not go too far. The TripAdvisor photos shows kids about their age on it.

My kids are huge fans of the Junior Ranger program. The workbooks gives them something to search for and you must take a ranger program. We find we learn things too, more than wandering around and taking pictures. Last big road trip; they got Little Bighorn, Mt Rushmore, Badlands, Devils Tower, and Yellowstone. This trip they’ll earn Sequoia, Death Valley, and Yosemite, too. Quite a collection for two kids stranded on an island in the middle of the Pacific.

So your username is kinda like the 6’11" guy being called Tiny? :smiley: