To celebrate our first anniversary Shan and I decided to visit the Grand Canyon and Utah over Labor day weekend. From Los Angeles we planned to go straight to Havasupai Point, as rather shockingly, neither of us had ever been to the Grand Canyon. The long drive went by quickly because we were blown away by the areas beauty.
Off highway 180 before entering the Grand Canyon national park, we left the highway at FS road 328. It was smooth sailing till we got to the closed gate marking Havasupai reservation land. The guard shack was pretty creepy, burned out mattresses, empty bottles, cattle skulls, lots of trash and an atv on blocks with no wheels. Fortunately nobody was there to take our $25 so we continued on, the road entered a beautiful meadow and we saw cattle and even a wild horse. We made a right on Prairie wash road the landscape changed to forest and the road narrowed a bit.
At this point we hadn’t gotten a glimpse of the Grand Canyon and we were getting antsy. I didn’t plan for the dirt roads to last 2 hours. Our patience paid off big time, we reached Havasupai Point and the view of the Grand Canyon was spectacular! Wow, what a place! To my surprise we had the whole place to ourselves, in fact we didn’t see anybody else the whole road in, the whole time we were there or the road out!
We snapped some pictures of the sunset and Shan whipped up some tasty jambalaya. This place seemed incredibly quiet, I remember how loud the airplanes were thousands of feet above, before the crickets started it was the only audible sound. Dusk, quickly became a black night lit by countless stars which were equally impressive when compared to the views from the cliff. Neither one of us were used to the remote and isolated feeling of this place so it was a bit creepy. We awoke just before 6am for the sunrise, snapped some pics, packed up with the intent of stopping by the Grand Canyon NP and heading to Toroweap. Although, night 1 was a bit more adventure than we bargained for it was a great start to the trip!