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Grand Canyon National Park - Desert View Drive
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Grand Canyon National Park Yavapai Pointat Sunrise  (Click for enlarged view 34K)
The next morning (7/4/2004) we got up early for sunrise at Yavapai Point which was only three minutes away. We were still in jet-lag so it was not too painful to get up this early.

Yapavai is one of the most popular view points for sunrise. It certainly deserves its reputation.
Grand Canyon National Park Yavapai Point  (Click for enlarged view 85K)
This picture was taken at Yavapai Point about an hour after sunrise. The canyon looked very colorful at this time of the day.
Grand Canyon National Park Desert View Drive 
Mather Point 
Grand Canyon National Park Mather Point
After checked out we headed east to Desert View Drive. It meanders about 25 miles from the village to Desert View. We made stops at most of the view points on the way. In fact, the drive along the rim offers equally fantastic view. However, the view points make it easier for parking and referring to the places you took the pictures.
Grand Canyon National Park Grandview Point  (Click for enlarged view 109K)
Grandview Point, a place with wide and deep view to the canyon.
Grand Canyon National Park Desert View Drive 
Moran Point 
Grand Canyon National Park Moran Point
Grand Canyon National Park Desert View Drive 
Lipan Point
Grand Canyon National Park Lipan Point 
Grand Canyon National Park Desert View Drive 
Watchtower  Desert View is the easternmost overlook on the south rim. The distinctive 70 foot high watchtower offers breathtaking overlook view of the canyon.
Grand Canyon National Park Desert View Drive 
Inside Watchtower 
Inside Watchtower
Grand Canyon National Park Desert View Drive 
Outlook from Watchtower
Grand Canyon National Park Outlook from Watchtower 
That was all for the South Rim. What waited for us was a long drive from here to the North Rim. Rt-64 east of the National Park entrance was also beautiful with a lot of view points. However, the only thing we had in mind was getting to North Rim in early afternoon. I was so narrow-minded that I didn't spare any moment for "lesser" Canyon views..
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