|Subject: Re: Grand Canyon|
My #1 suggestion for your visit to the Grand Canyon is to hike down into it. Don't just go from overlook to overlook oohing and aahing. On the South Rim there are at least two different trails (undoubtedly more) you can hike. The Bright Angel Trail begins at the main overlook, near the El Tovar Lodge. This is the same trail the mules carry their riders down to Phantom Ranch at the bottom of the canyon. Much more traffic on this trail. My favorite is the Kaibab Trail just to the east. It is less crowded. The best option would be to take a ranger-led hike. This way you and your family will have the benefit of learning about one of the worlds greatest geological wonders. Don't forget to take plenty of water, sunscreen, and a hat for shade.
Another option for this area is to pass through Oak Creek Canyon just south of Flagstaff. Also along this route is Slide Rock State Park which used to be a great place to play in the water. However, seasonal droughts and too many visitors have greatly impacted this natural feature. I have fond memories of sliding down the slick rocks and into the pools here as a child. The last time I visited was over twenty years ago.
And another option could take you through Clarkdale and Jerome. Some of the old mining towns of Arizona.
John in San Diego