Alone... On the South Rim?!
The Grand Canyon is a popular destination for anyone from casual tourists to backpackers to overlanders; and for good reason too. It’s gorgeous. You can pay a few bucks and park in a nice paved lot with paved paths and guardrails to keep you and your kids safe; and you’ll get the same beautiful views as someone who ventured into the backcountry to stand alone on the edge of the canyon with nothing between them and the void in front of them. But the experiences are vastly different. This is why so many Mountain Bikers, Adventure Riders, and Overlanders flock to the North Rim. It’s quiet, wild, almost untouched and there are NO tourist hoards to fight your way through to get a view. But what if I told you, you could have that same experience on the south rim? And likely not see another person or vehicle during your trip…
The Ruby in the Rough
Tucked away in the southwest corner of Grand Canyon National Park, are two backcountry campsites that are barely within ear shot of each other. And yes, you are camping on the rim! To get there, you will be driving on old, washed out, partially unmaintained forest service roads that wind their way through National Park land and Havasupai land. It’s called Ruby Point, and It’s absolutely spectacular. I’ll spare you the life story, as that will come in a series of posts about New Mexico and Arizona later on. Besides, I think the images speak for themselves.
Happy Way-Point Wednesday everyone. If you want details on how to get to Ruby Point, including .gpx/.kml files, permits required, and who to contact with the local Havasupai Tribe, head over to https://backroadventures.com and drop them a note.