This past week we took our 2nd annual trip up to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. If you’ve never visited that side of the canyon, you’re really missing something. The South Rim is where most of the visitors go. It’s the easiest to get to and more or less on the way to a few other destinations. Because of this, it’s also the most crowded.
But the North Rim…aahh, the North Rim. The North side is harder to get to, much less crowded, several thousand feet higher in elevation and therefore cooler, and more heavily wooded. We LOVE going there!
This year on the way up we made a quick stop at the Navajo Bridge which is the only bridge that spans the Colorado River for nearly 600 miles in the northern part of Arizona. The original 2-lane bridge (on the left) was built in the 1920’s and the new and improved one (right) was built in 1994.
The bridges connect the steep cliffs of Marble Canyon. We were able to walk onto the older bridge which is only open to pedestrians now. Even though the water looks pretty nice, you can see from this photo what dry and rocky land comprises the Navajo Indian reservation.
We also stopped for lunch at Jacob Lake Inn. This restaurant and inn has been open since 1923, so just imagine if these wall could talk! Can’t you see an old Model T Ford rambling up there with parched and weary passengers after hours and hours on the dusty roads.
Last year we stopped there because Arizona Highways magazine mentioned them as a great place to pick up fresh baked cookies, and we did just that. This year lunch was very reasonably priced, so we had plenty of money left over to buy more cookies for the couples we would be meeting at the canyon.
Have you ever been to Northern Arizona? What did you think about it?