Long awaited, I finally had the opportunity to make the trip to see it... Toroweap is quite possibly one of the most remote “car camping” locations in the Grand Canyon National park, as it requires driving down approximately 60 miles of rough dirt road. Upon re-entering the National Park (about 50 miles down the dirt road), it gets worse and could easily require a high clearance and a four wheel drive vehicle. The rough drive is well worth it as you arrive atop a 3,000 ft cliff overlooking the mighty Colorado River below. It is at this point that you realize your drive through the middle of no-where has landed you right inside the Grand Canyon.
After hiking around in the afternoon and scouting out locations, I opted for a familiar but slightly different vantage point for both sunset and the following sunrise. With the sun rising almost directly east of the overlook, this vantage point presented a dramatic cliff and a great view of the river below. All I needed was for the weather to cooperate and the sun to light up the cliff below.
Hiking out onto a 3,000 ft cliff in the dark is a little nerve racking (Sorry Mom), but the view I got was spectacular. With the clouds slightly separated from the horizon, I could see that the sun was on its way and right where I expected it. As the sun rose, it began to light up the sky above and the rocks below, just before disappearing again into the clouds.
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