Canyon's North Rim and Beyond
A Guide to the North Rim and the Arizona Strip
by Stewart Aitchison
Grand Canyon Association, 2008
probably on vacation and just want a little information about what you
see as you tour the Grand Canyon's North Rim and the Arizona Strip,"
begins this slender guidebook to the lesser known side of the famous
visitors to Grand Canyon National Park, some 4 million per year, take
the exit on Interstate 40 for a short drive to the South Rim for a
brief gawk at the great chasm. Only about 10 percent of the park's
visitors come through the North Rim Entrance Station, despite its
equally astounding views, natural beauty and uncrowded serenity. It
takes more time and planning to take the North Rim approach, which
makes this handy guide important.
What is typically thought of a the North Rim is the southern extension of the Kaibab Plateau. The name Kaibab is generally translated as "mountain lying down," an apt description of the high plateau that is relatively flat on top. Kaibab is likely derived from the corruption of the Southern Paiute word Kaivavitsets, which refers to the Mountain Lying Down People (or Kaibab Paiute People). Early settlers usually called the plateau Buckskin Mountain, referring to the numerous mule deer living there.
|Divided into sections based on the direction of a traveler's approach (North, West, or East), the book alerts visitors to little-known attractions like Cape Final, the East Rim Viewpoint, and the Nampaweap Petroglyph Site. The text is complemented by natural history sidebars on the Kaibab Squirrel, the Northern Goshawk, and raptor migrations as well as profiles of important historical figures like John Wesley Powell, Eddie McKee and Burro Bill Price.||also by Stewart Aitchison
A Traveler's Guide to Monument Valley (2004)
A Guide to Southern Utah's Hole-in-the-Rock Trail (2005)
Hiking Arizona (1996)