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Heading to the Grand canyon next week. We have never been before, any recommendations on lodging, sights, etc. would be greatly appreciated. Thx


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Since flights below the rim are banned, the best way to see it is the IMAX at the south rim entrance. Unbelievable! Plenty of the history as well. Go in and check it out, but the best money you will spend is the 10 bucks on the IMAX film.
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No way, Jayray... the best way to see it (especially since you are there) is to head down Bright Angel Trail and use your peepers on the real thing. You can watch a movie anywhere, but the Canyon has to experienced... below the rim.

Max, you riding out?
If so, you'll want to stay at the higher elevations. Partly cloudy today down in the valley - supposed to get up to 108. Flagstaff (~7,000') will only be low 80s. The South Rim will be mid-80s. The North Rim is about 8,300', so temps in upper 70s.

You should fully explore the South Rim, but if time allows head to the North Rim. Far fewer crowds, cooler temps, unbelievable beauty.
The El Tovar is very nice - the best lodging on the South Rim. Plan accordingly. Some lodges have canyon views, but ya' ain't gonna sit in your room anyway. Maswik Lodge is back off the rim a quarter-mile and priced accordingly.

A ride on Grand Canyon Railroad - runs between South Rim and Williams - is fun. In Williams you can quaff a cold microbrew at Cruiser's on Route 66.

A nice photo op is in Winslow, where you can stand on the corner.

Head west of Williams over to Grand Canyon Caverns on Route 66 near Seligman.

Flagstaff has Lowell Observatory - well worth a visit. Downtown Flagstaff is worth a look. Beaver Street and Lumberyard Breweries.

Sunset Crater and Walnut Canyon are near Flagstaff and worth a look.

Always nice to visit Jerome and Prescott. Sedona is absolutely beautiful, but expensive and over-crowded.

Oak Creek Canyon between Sedona and Flagstaff is a nice ride (even in a cage).

Canyon de Chelly is a little bit of a drive, but very nice (pronounced 'de shay')

Tuzigoot and Montezuma's Castle are worth seeing.

What are you interested in seeing and what's your comfortable traveling radius?


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Plan on riding, leaving on Monday, staying in williams or Flagstaff I think and staying till Friday. Would staying in those areas be "central" to a lot?


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I agree walking down Bright Angel trail is fantastic. Most people stand on the edge and Oh and AHH. The helicopter rides back in the day were great. You touched on the highlights in Northern AZ. Sedona, Jerome, Prescott are great riding. I love 89, rode it in early April, The Valley? not at this time of year.
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Got no choice... it's home. Although I'll be up at the cabin this weekend


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Yeah max, Flag would put you in a good spot to get around. You definitely want to stay at some altitude.

There are a few fires burning now, so some areas may have fire crews and smoke.
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From Flag take 89 up to the east entrance to GCNP and follow along Rim Drive, stopping at lookout points. In the Village head up to the rim and walk down Bright Angel Trail for a mile or so - well worth it. Then take 64 and 180 back into Flag.

From Flag take 89A down thru Oak Creek Canyon into Sedona. Stay on 89A over thru Cottonwood (you can stop at Tuzigoot) and continue on into Jerome. Come down Mingus Mountain into Prescott Valley and take 89 into Prescott. Check out Whiskey Row. Stay on 89 down Yarnell Hill into Congress. Then you can turn around - those roads are worth riding again, or take 71 to 93 and head up to I-40 and east to Williams.

Check out Route 66 in Williams.
Grand Canyon Harley (in Bellemont, between Williams and Flagstaff) often has stuff going on over the weekend. They are right off of 40 (exit 185).

Walnut Canyon is worth a look and just east of Flag off of 40.

Take 40 east of Flag and you can visit Petrified Forest.

From Holbrook (along 40) take AZ-77 S for a couple of miles to AZ-377 S to AZ-277 S into Heber-Overgaard. Take AZ-260 W along the Mogollon Rim to Payson (it will be warmer there) and then up thru Pine and Strawberry. Great pie at Strawberry Lodge.
Just north of there you can turn left onto 260 (General Crook Trail) and head over to Camp Verde and north on I-17 to Montezuma's Castle (cliff dwellings).
Or you can take 87 (by not turning onto Gen Crook Trail) and head up thru Happy Jack to Lake Mary Road and take it back into Flagstaff.

Another great ride - perhaps the best in the state - would have you take I-40 east of Flag to Holbrook and head on 180 down to St Johns. From there take 191 down thru Springerville and stop in Alpine (~9,000'). From Alpine down to the mining towns of Clifton and Morenci is a wild ride. This is the Coronado Trail. Up until '92 it was US-666, the Devil's Highway. Very twisty and few guard rails.
It will be warm (maybe even hot) down in Morenci, so fuel up somewhere and either turn around or take 191 over to 70 into Safford and on up into Globe. In Globe take US-60 / AZ-77 north up thru Salt River Canyon into Show Low.

From Show Low you can stay on 77 to I-40 and west to Flag or take 260 west back into Payson and north from there.

There's probably more roads than time so far...

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Thanks sounds like a great plan......


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Good call on all the routes. I love the ride on 89 out of Prescott AND turning around and doing it in the opposite direction. Where is your Cabin? I built one in Strawberry, an RV lodge in ShowLow and one of the first in Kachina Village, south of Flagstaff. Coming back to AZ for good in three years, Prescott is calling me!
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The cabin is over in the Sitgreaves NF, near Heber.


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