Submitted by bog
on Sat, 07/07/2012 - 13:47
Mount Hayden from Point Imperial
The view from the North Rim is quite different from that of the south rim. Because side canyons that drain into the Colorado River from the north drain the Kaibab Plateau as well, they are much longer than their south rim counterparts. The river is much closer to the south rim than the north and most of the canyon's mesas, buttes, temples, and connecting ridge lines are north of the river. Summits that tend to blend in as seen from the south rim stand out in strong relief when seen from the North Rim.
The roads to the North Rim viewpoints travel through beautiful, mixed conifer forest which is plenty of compensation for the lack of rim drives. There are also fewer viewpoints accessible by road but all of the North Rim viewpoints have unique and stunning views. Read more about North Rim Viewpoints