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. 


21 Data Points for Each Location

Here’s what we provide

  • GPS Coordinates & Elevation

    We provide exact GPS coordinates (in both DDM and DD formats) & elevation with automatic links directly into Google maps.

  • Trail Difficulty (1 out of 5)

    Know beforehand what you are getting into! We provide a quick overview of the location. Is it easy, moderate or difficult to access?

  • Directions

    For each location we provide detailed directions along with a direct link to Google maps allowing turn by turn directions.

  • Best Time of Day to Shoot

    It is all about the light! We help you plan your trip and let you know if the location is a sunrise, sunset or anytime shot.

  • Best Time of Year to Shoot

    Sunrise might be best in summer or the water fall conditions are best for spring. We will let you know.

  • What Lens(es) Do You Need

    If you are hiking a long distance, weight is important. We provide which lens(es) are needed to help lighten your load.

  • Special Nuances of the Shot

    Not every place is as you might think. We provide a personal insight to the location and an approach to taking the shot.

  • Google Maps Birds-Eye-View

    For each location we provide a birds-eye view to provide a better understanding of the layout and terrain of the location.

  • + 13 Other Data Points

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