North Rim of Grand Canyon, AZ
Toroweap is truly one of the most amazing places you will ever stand!
There is an 8-mile section on the north rim of the Grand Canyon where the Colorado River cuts a fairly straight path (with no major curves or turns), allowing you to have an unobstructed view of the Colorado River and inner canyon in all its glory. The Toroweap Overlook is in the middle of this section. This provides you with a stunning bird’s-eye views (both east and west) 3,000 feet above the floor of the canyon. This extremely remote spot, which is 61 miles from nowhere, offers one (actually 2) of the most magnificent views of the Grand Canyon possible, which makes it a photographer’s dream.
Like most great things, this shot is not easy to come by. The Toroweap Overlook is one of the most remote places in the lower 48 states and the 120 mile round trip takes between 2 ½ to 3 hours each way. The first 55 miles of gravel road is filled with bumps, holes, and washboards, and is notorious for flats (I got a flat tire the first two times I went). The last 3-5 miles of the road are treacherous with boulders, deep holes, cutting rocks, and very difficult turns.