Photographing the North Rim of the Grand Canyon

For most people, the Grand Canyon means the “South Rim” of the Grand Canyon. The North Rim is harder to get to, is a 1,000 feet higher (so its colder), has less services, and is also, therefore, less crowded. Mary and I had a, probably, once in a life time opportunity to visit the North Rim the week before it closed for Winter, and with Covid, there were a fraction of the people that would otherwise have been there for Fall color.

Bright Angel Point sunrise

We were fortunate to have a small cabin on the rim at Bright Angel Point with the “trail” down to the point right outside our room. Because it was so convenient and a little cold, we shot sunrise and sunset there twice each. The point is far enough out into the canyon that you can get good morning and afternoon light.

Bright Angel Point sunset
Bright Angel Point sunset

There are “fewer” lookouts at the North Rim compared to the South Rim, but thy are all spectacular. Point Imperial is especially so with Mt. Hayden in the foreground and layers and layers of canyon behind it. Usually, sunrise is better here, as the light hits the canyon outcrops on the west side.

Cape Royal is also breath taking. There’s so much to see with the massive Wotan’s Throne jutting out into the canyon and the Vishnu Temple, Thor Temple and Appollo and Venus Temples all in front of you.

We did not make it out to Point Sublime or Toroweap, as we could only get two nights on this trip. The hotel at Bright Angel was operating only 50 out of 250 rooms because of Covid. I will count us lucky that we got what we did and next time, there will be more time and more people.

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