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Looking down at Bright Angel Trail switchbacks (Steven L Ancik)
The light is so gorgeous in the Grand Canyon you get views like this, even from the roadside lookout points. (Â©2008 John C. Bayler)
A pink Rattlesnake near the creek, in spring 2006. (Jim Ahrman)
The Granaries are found along the Nakoweap Trail, one of the hardest trails in the canyon. (Alan English)
A snowy view while heading down the South Kaibab Trail in March 2008 (Robin Despain)
Off-trail, a few miles from Cottonwood campground, lies this view of a narrow canyon waiting to be rediscovered. (Sambuddha Mukherjee)
Point Royal offers wide canyon views. (Ct Collins)
Desert bighorn sheep are found throughout the canyon, often by the river. This male, part of a large group including other males, females and babies, was seen near the top of Bright Angel Trail. (Brian Dunn)
Dawn near Cottonwood Creek (David Darling)
Hiker on the South Kaibab Trail (Steven L Ancik)
A snowy view of the canyon in March 2010 (Carol Skalsky)
Warning: These photos will make you want to drop everything and visit the Grand Canyon now. Don’t- a lifelist trip like this will take some time to plan. Instead plan now for a trip in October, when crowds thin out, daytime temps are still in the 80’s and the last of the motorized boats have finished their tours. Start by checking out the GPS routes on our Grand Canyon page.