Flagstaff to North Rim of the Grand Canyon Drive

The drive between Flagstaff and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon is a microcosm of the Southwest. You start near snow covered Mt. Humphreys Peak  outside Flagstaff at the End of May, pass a volcanic cinder cone and lava flows, traverse badlands as stark as the surface of the moon, and then you pass through miles and miles of the most spectacular red cliffs. You will also pass over the magnificent Navajo Bridge over the Colorado River. You then climb into the high plains of the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and look back over the cliffs and plains cut by the Colorado.

 

So much for the view that Arizona is just sweltering desert. Humphreys Peak (12,700') outside Flagstaff  at the end of May. There is good skiing here during the winter.

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The Colorado River, the Navajo Bridge (the left is the vehicle bridge and the right is now a pedestrian bridge), and the Vermilion Cliffs as seen from the plateau

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