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Wizard
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June 14th, 2018 at 6:13:27 PM permalink
It has been on my list for 17 years to visit the West Rim of the Grand Canyon. I put it off because I've already been to most of the best parts and had always heard the West Rim was a tourist trap. However, I finally made it there and it was better than I was expecting. I just did my first article in quite a while for this site on the experience. So please visit my new article on the West Rim of the Grand Canyon.

The question for the poll is what did you think of it?

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terapined
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June 14th, 2018 at 6:30:33 PM permalink
Good article
I've done the South Rim
Was in Phoenix for business 2 weeks so spent the weekend at the Grand Canyon
I did the Mule ride one day trip.
About 1/2 way to the bottom on the Bright Angel trail
Morning ride down , lunch, ride back up afternoon
A lot of fun and a bit scary as the Mule you are on navigates the switchbacks.
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June 14th, 2018 at 6:34:19 PM permalink
I went to west rim when I was in Vegas last year and lived it. When I get back to my PC Iíll post some photos and give a more detailed opinion.

Wiz, even if you just passed through, what did you think of Doland Springs AZ?
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June 14th, 2018 at 6:38:46 PM permalink
Thanks Mr. Wiz. I have never been to the GC but would love to go. It seems this is a good option for a day trip. The article addressed all of my questions. Thanks for the insight.
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June 14th, 2018 at 7:57:12 PM permalink
Quote: gamerfreak

Wiz, even if you just passed through, what did you think of Doland Springs AZ?



Lots of churches there is the biggest impression. I've heard it is a strange community of anti-government types, like the kind that rallied around the Bundy family near Mesquite. However, we never even stopped. There used to be a good ice cream place there, but it went out of business. A Family Dollar store seemed the only sign of normality.
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June 14th, 2018 at 7:58:33 PM permalink
Quote: IndyJeffrey

Thanks Mr. Wiz. I have never been to the GC but would love to go. It seems this is a good option for a day trip. The article addressed all of my questions. Thanks for the insight.



Thanks! I hope I conveyed that to do the GC properly you should go to the South or North rim, but the West Rim is better than nothing.
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EvenBob
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June 14th, 2018 at 8:38:53 PM permalink
It's a good article, way better than actually
having to endure the GC itself. As with most
things in life, it was another giant letdown
when when I was there. Way too touristy
for me, like Mt Rushmore. Never seen so
many Japanese people with cameras in
both those places.

When I lived in Santa Barbara, I loved
looking at the mountains and the ocean.
After a few years I realized that's all a view
is good for, looking. That's all you can
do with it.

Ever since then I'd much rather see a
travel video than go there myself.
I'm not disappointed or inconvenienced
and it costs nothing. I have a huge pic
of the Santa Barbara mountains and
harbor on my office wall and it's a
much better view than if I was there.
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June 14th, 2018 at 9:14:07 PM permalink
I've now added a West Rim visit to my trip bucket list when I head out that way in September. Very cool Wiz.
mcallister3200
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June 14th, 2018 at 9:44:25 PM permalink
Enjoyed the article, and reading about some of your other hikes like Jacinto and Charleston.

Iím thinking about doing the R2R hike at Grand Canyon in September but doubtful Iím in shape enough for the 1 day while enjoying it and didnít do the advance planning needed for a 2-3 day. Maybe next year. 13-15 miles of mild-moderate elevation change hiking in a day or 25 whatever elevation in 3 days have been about the limit for me on my national park trips to date.
billryan
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June 15th, 2018 at 12:29:00 AM permalink
Quote: gamerfreak

I went to west rim when I was in Vegas last year and lived it. When I get back to my PC Iíll post some photos and give a more detailed opinion.

Wiz, even if you just passed through, what did you think of Doland Springs AZ?




I've been looking at a spot in Dolan Springs. Right on the road to the GC. It's not nearly as remote as it seems if you are coming from Vegas. It's only about twenty minutes from Kingman if you head south.

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