Rim Grand Canyon Lodging
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Mileage: Mount Carmel Jct.
Tuweep 90 miles
South Canyon 75 miles
North Rim 85 miles
Zion Park 12 miles
Bryce Canyon 60 miles
Grand Staircase 9 miles
Cedar Breaks 45 miles
Red Canyon 47 miles
Dixie Forest 22 miles
Sand Dunes 11 miles
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In these pages you will find insiders information
on the best Grand Canyon hikes and Backpacks including Tuweep and South Canyon
Trails. This detailed guide includes road maps, park maps, pictures, trail beta,
backpacking, history, fees, geology, flora, fauna, campgrounds, things for kids
to do and even information on Grand Canyon North Rim hidden treasures.
Making grand memories in the Arizona national parks.
Canyon North Rim Road Map
Directions to North Rim Grand Canyon: From Zion National Park,
take on U-9 through the park to Mt. Carmel Jct. Turn south on US-89 to Kanab.
There is only one stop light in Kanab; this is where US-89 changes to ALT 89.
Fredonia, Arizona is 6 miles. In Fredona take 89A to Jacob lake (36 miles), then
take AZ 67 to the Grand Canyon North Rim park entrance.
Winter Road Conditions and
Highway 67 Road Closures
Toroweap Point offers the most magnificent view
in the entire Grand Canyon, but the backcountry road to the rim keeps most visitors
Directions to Tuweep
The main entrance is accessed from either Hurricane, Utah or Fredonia, Arizona
along AZ 389, located 7 miles west of Fredonia. A small sign pointing towards
the dirt BLM road (109) road will say: Toroweap 61 miles." Drive slowly
along this road or your chances of having a punctured tired increase greatly.
The first 20 miles of the road seem harmless, but the reputation the road has
for puncturing tires is well deserved. Make sure you have a spare tire and all
the tools needed to change a tire. If you plan to travel at night make sure you
have a flashlight. Night travel is also slowed by the numerous jackrabbits that
run in the path. Watch for rocks that are standing up on end and travel slow
over the cattle guards. Brings lots of water and blankets in case you become stranded.
This road gets little travel, so be prepared. There are no services during the
5 hour round trip on the primitive backcountry road. This road may be impassable
when wet. Call the ranger station for road conditions before travel during inclement
weather. (928.638.7888) After reaching the entrance to Tuweep there are several
more miles to drive to get to the view point. A 4WD will giving provide a smoother ride
over the washboard road, but it is not usually required if the roads are dry. A high clearance vehicle is mandatory however.
Snake Gulch Rock Art
This huge site of pictographs is located near the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and the Kaibab Forest in the Kanab Wilderness Area.
Nearby View Points
Crazy Jug Point
From Fredonia, Arizona, drive south on Highway 89A toward Jacob Lake for 1.5 miles and look for Forest Road 22 on the right. Turn right onto Forest Road 22 and follow the road, driving past several intersections and signs that indicate various vistas. At mile 28, notice the Big Springs Field Ranger Station. At 33 miles, turn right onto Forest Road 425, headed toward Crazy Jug and Monument Point. There is another intersection at mile 41, continue straight on Forest Road 425 to Crazy Jug Point. map
Follow the directions above, but continue on Road 425 past Crazy Jug. Look for a corral and a "Y" in the road at mile 43 where you will turn right on Forest Road 292. Continue for .3 miles to the next "Y" and turn right. There is one more intersection at 44.5 miles. Continue straight through it and drive 2 more miles to Monument Point. map
Tuweep - Toroweap
If you stop and ask directions you will find some locals will call it Toroweap and others will call it Tuweep. Toroweap was given by John Wesley Powell, but today it is used only to describe features of the area including the fault, formation and the point. The name Tuweep came into use to describe the white settlement and later the park district.
A trip to Tuweep is not for everyone, but for those
who do not mind driving for 2.5 hours on a washboard dirt, tire ripping, primitive
road to the very edge of the Grand Canyon, Tuweep is magnificent! Although
think again if you have a fear of heights. Toroweap Point is the lowest viewpoint in
the Grand Canyon, but the 3000' sheer unfenced cliff gives even those with no
fear of heights an uneasy feeling when they step out to the edge to see the Colorado
River flowing below.
The North Rim of the Grand Canyon is remote, but the Tuweep section of
the North Rim is 2.5 hours from any kind of civilization. Situated at 4550' the
point rarely gets snow. Unlike the North Rim, the road to Tuweep is open year
round, but may be impassible if wet. Call the ranger station, before travel,
to obtain road conditions:
Don't expect anything as fancy as a ranger booth where fees are accessed
when entering Tuweep. There is a year-round ranger station, about thirty minutes
from the rim, equipped with an emergency phone. Hiking information and backcountry
permits can be obtained at the station, but it is better to obtain a permit before
venturing into the area. A permit is not needed to hike or to camp in the Toroweap
Colorado River and Lava Falls
The Colorado River approaches from the east and flows toward the west. Downstream
is Lava Falls. When looking down into the river, look for Vulcan's Anvil. This
is a 50' lava neck left over from an extinct lava vent. Lava Falls holds some
of the roughest water of the Colorado, where water drops abruptly at the falls
with great force.
On the way to Tuweep, keep your eyes peeled for a sign indicating the Mt. Trumbull Road. Follow this road for about 3 miles to the turnoff for the Nampaweap (foot canyon) Petroglyphs. There is a signed parking area. Follow the signs to the petroglyphs. The area is also called Billy Goat Canyon due to the mountain sheep drawn on the basalt rocks. Do not climb on the rocks. The petroglyphs can be seen from below. The petroglyphs are Archaic, Anasazi and Paiute.
Nampaweap Petroglyphs Photos
Hiking at Tuweep
Shaman's Gallery - Tuckup Trail
Hiking a 6.2 mile round-trip on the Tuckup Trail allows hikers to see some of the most magnificent pictographs in the Grand Canyon. The paintings were discovered by mule wrangler and guide, Gordon Smith
and thus are often called Gordon's Panel. These multi-colored paintings are exceptionally fragile and it is believed they were painted before 1000 B.C. Some of the images are life sized, many are painted in layers and all are excitingly elaborate.
Shaman's Gallery Photos
The park service has a warning posted at the Toroweap Overlook that says:
Do not hike this trail if it's over 80 degrees and if you do, take at least one
gallon of water per person. The trail is only 1.5 miles, but the elevation change
is 2540'. It takes 2-4 hours to hike down and 2-6 hours to hike back up. This
is not a trail, but a cairned route down loose scree! Be prepared
for scrambling and a rocky, un-maintained trail in a remote and primitive area.
Trail Photo Album
Vulcan's Throne Hike
When approaching the rim a curious 600' hill is seen to the right (west) of the
road. This is a basaltic cinder cone that is considered to be a young volcano.
This was a volcano that erupted on the flat about 74,000 years ago. The trailhead
is located next to the Lava Falls Trailhead. Although there is not a trail, hiking
is allowed up to the top of the cone. The route is a 1.5 mile round trip.
Saddle Horse Canyon Trail
You would have passed this trailhead when driving to the rim, but the sign is
not easy to see unless you are looking for it. Park at the rim and walk back
along the road. Look for a pull-over and a small sign post. This easy trail leads
to north views from the rim. The trail is about 1.6 miles roundtrip, but you
can continue further along the rim.
Canyon Trail Photos
Esplanade Loop Trail
Begin at the Toroweap campground and follow the trail toward the rim. The trail
is 2.9 miles round trip.
Two groups of campers
are allowed to stay the night at the point. There are picnic tables and restrooms.
The camping is in a wide open area with little shelter, but the view of the rim
from the sites are incredible. The Toroweap campground has more shelter and is
located just a little farther from the point. There are no fees or permits needed
and sites are on a first come, first use basis. Be aware that if all campsites
are full a permit is needed to camp in other areas. There are vault toilets at
The North Rim Backcountry Information Center is open mid-May to mid-October
from 8am-noon and 1-5pm. Permits might also be available at Pipe Springs, the
Kanab BLM office or the Interagency office in St. George.