Monday Walk: Mules, Bikers, Hikers, Elk…

Here are a few photos that I captured while we were hiking and walking along the south rim of the Grand Canyon.


Mule trips take you down to the Canyon. It looks like a great adventure. But you need to booked it way ahead of time. It may be reserved 13 months in advance.


Cycling is pretty popular. Transportation by private vehicle is not permitted at Grand Canyon West. Yep, you heard it right!

However, the Hop-On Hop-Off Shuttle service is great. The bus takes you from point to point.



First time Grand Canyon hikers tend to react to the experience in one of two ways: either they can’t wait to get back, or they swear they’ll never do it again.


Elk is crossing a busy street. This is a village area where you can park your car.


Yay, she made it. 🙂


Walking the trail gives you a visceral appreciation for the magnitude of geologic time. Bronze markers mark your location in time; every tenth marker is labeled in millions of year.


Note: The Grand Canyon is one of the country’s first national parks; one of the Seven Natural Wonders.

 Jo is taking us to the village of Estoi for a pleasant and beautiful walk. Enjoy the walk with Jo…


Thank you for visiting. Have a great week. 🙂

79 thoughts on “Monday Walk: Mules, Bikers, Hikers, Elk…

  1. Beautiful photos. I would love to do that mule trip to the bottom of the canyon as that sounds more fun than hiking it. FYI…. that’s a female Elk not a deer. Isn’t it amazing how the Elk roam among people and traffic without a care?


    • Done. Thank you, Ingrid! Mule trip to the bottom and back may take two days. I thought we could walk up there and book for the next day trip. 🙂


  2. Mind blowing pictures, Amy. I was at the Grand Canyon when I was 14 years old, and I have never forgotten it. How I long to go back!!! Your images allowed that “feeling” I’ve had within me all these years to surface. I really thank you for that, Ame. I’ve got tears in my eyes. You really don’t know how much I want to see the Grand Canyon again in this lifetime. Love, Amy ❤


    • You were only 14 yrs old… Hope you get to see it again. They have done so many improvements since we visited there a decade or so ago. Glad I could share these photos with you. Thank you, Amy 🙂 ❤

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  3. No way in a million years would I ride those mules… I enjoyed hiking down but when those mules passed me it was scary…. even though they are probably more sure footed than I am! Lovely photos.


    • I heard it’s scary to ride the mule in GC. I wanted to give a try this time, didn’t know the ride was that popular. We did the hiking. Thank you for visiting, Roslyn! 🙂


  4. Your photographs offer beautiful close-ups of the Grand Canyon – just love them! I’ve not been there, except overhead and it’s on the wish-list.


  5. It’s been so many years since I visited the Grand Canyon. I was young and crazy enough to want to hike down but I couldn’t get anybody else to want to. So it’s something I’ll never experience! Great photos! 🙂


    • A grand place to explore. We hiked down and walked along the rim. but didn’t go all the way down, which needs require one night camping. 🙂


  6. I once caught a sunset at the GC. It was the most amazing thing that I’ve ever seen in my sunset life.
    I hope to one day make a trip to the GC with the fam. We’ll see.


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  8. It is an amazing place, so much better in reality than any photos can show (the vastness of it I am referring to). I love the way you have concentrated on the different ways one can access the canyon. I’d be too terrified to go on a mule, too out of shape to hike down to the bottom. No, I preferred simply walking along the rim at the top – great views from there too 🙂 Did you hike down Amy?


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