The Grand Canyon offers two very different experiences. The North Rim offers better riding, much less traffic, higher elevations with more forests. The views are completely different from those from the South Rim. In July, 2013 I based in Kanab, UT with a friend to visit the North Rim, about 80 miles. We stayed at the Best Western Red Hills. This was after visiting the five National Parks in Utah, finishing up with Zion. Temperatures were good at that time of year, but we had rain during late mornings, early afternoons on several days.
In February, 2009 I rode to the South Rim from Scottsdale where one of my kids lived at the time. The weather was perfect. Flagstaff would be a good area to base from on that side of the Canyon. The South Rim is more touristy and crowded, does not offer as much fun riding, but the views and trails are incredible. If seeing the magnificence of the Grand Canyon with the Colorado River below is your goal, the South Rim will offer that. If you want better riding with more roads to check out the Canyon from the less visited side, go to the North Rim. Neither side will disappoint you. If you're planning two or three days, you could actually see both sides of the Canyon. It's about a 4 hour ride from the North Rim Lodge to the South Rim Visitor Center via Highways 67, 89 and 64. Ride safe and enjoy your trip!
Last edited by throttles&triggers; 05-08-2015 at 11:38 PM.