05 May Grand Canyon West, a magic scape from Vegas
by Mariana Menezes from Brazil
“The Grand Canyon fills me with awe. It is beyond comparison—beyond description; absolutely unparalleled through-out the wide world… Let this great wonder of nature remain as it now is. Do nothing to mar its grandeur, sublimity and loveliness. You cannot improve on it. But what you can do is to keep it for your children, your children’s children, and all who come after you, as the one great sight which every American should see”.
With these words, former US president Theodore Roosevelt described one of the most wonderful and enigmatic places on Earth.The year was 1903 and he was talking about the Grand Canyon, a park that later, would become well known all around the world.
The gorge carved by the Colorado river extends for mor than three hundred miles in the state of Arizona. Now its separated in three different regions (or “rim”): North, South and West. Although the South part is the most known, is the West portion which is closer to the city of Las Vegas.
The one hundred and twenty-five miles that separate the West Rim touristic centre from Las Vegas pass fast with a desert landscape, which appears to have been taken out from an photography.
Personal cars are not allowed inside the Grand Canyon area. The tickets are available on the touristic centre store and an oficial bus takes us around the three stops on the park area.
The first stop is the Hualapai Ranch, the most “urban” are controlled by the Indians, so as the entire West Rim area.
In Hualapai Ranch, we can see genuine Indians wearing typical clothes, so as horse activities, an hotel and even a restaurant. But, we still can not see the canyon.
The second stop is the Eagle Point. For the first time I was looking at the Grand Canyon and could not think of anything else. An indescribable sensation that fills your eyes with tears and makes you think that this is Good’s work.
After some minutes just looking, I finally took my camera on and took lots of pictures. But be careful: there are no walls ou warnings on the edge of the precipice. It’s all al your own risk.
In this point we can also see a relative new attraction of the Grand Canyon: the “Skywalk”, a glass walkway above the precipice of the canyon. It’s open for a couple more dollars.
You know, people usually say that the best comes last. This is, in my humble opinion, the biggest truth about West Rim. The third stop, Guano Point, as the most wonderful vision of the day.
At Guano Point, we could finally see the Colorado river (on Eagle Point we can only see a pice of it) dancing on the mountain. It is also de biggest observation point, where we can have a 360 degrees vision. Perfect!
The West Rim is a perfect and totally plausible scape from Vegas. Is a show of nature that deserves to be seeing and told. Just don’t forget to carry a camera and wear comfortable clothes.
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