The beauty of the canyon itself is amazing but unfortunately all the restrictions and expenses make it less enjoyable. I remember when you could drive through yourself and have your vehicle accessible but now you have to shuttle everywhere so make sure you do t forget anything in your pack.
We hiked the Narrows...the water was freezing already by the middle of September but it was an amazing hike. We also enjoyed the shuttle ride...there was so much information given on the ride.
If I could give it a 10 I would. Absolutely amazing. If you are planning on the river walk a must is rent the hiking shoes with the neoprene inserts for 25 dollars. Well worth it . Saves you from ruining yours and gives great grip on the river bed rocks, highly recommend it. Saw people trying it bare foot, they didn't make it tar. Staff are awesome and the park shuttle buses are great. Parking is limited so the shuttle services to the park is great. In the park also highly recommended. So much to see you tough to see it all. Early morning starts recommended before the temperature gets to warm. A lot of trails are paved or hard surfaces, easier for all ages.
Beautiful but victim of its own success, it is packed with tourists all day, every day... Be prepared to wait to take the shuttle anywhere in the park. Also, unless you arrive early in the morning, you will have to park in the town and pay an extra $15-20...
One of my favorite national parks. It just leaves you wanting more. Definitely want to come back for a long trip and just hike and explore- there's so much to see.
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