day 05: Kingman - Route 66 - Williams - Grand Canyon NP


.                Our route on day 05 (lenght: 188 miles / 305 km)

.                    Route 66: Old Cars in Hackberry, AZ

                        Route 66: Train near Crozier, AZ


On the morning of our 5th day we began our day trip on the famous Route 66. Only a few minutes after leaving the KOA in Kingman, we went east on US Highway 66. We drove the 66 from Kingman to Seligman and through Williams, before we went north on Highway 64 to the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.

Route 66 - The Mother Road.
Designated to US Highway 66 as the Chicago-to-Los Angeles route in 1926.
In 1938 the almoust 2500 mile (over 4000 km) long and 8 states crossing highway was reported as "completly paved".
By the mid 80s most of Route 66 was replaced by several Interstate. But because of the effort of several Route 66 Associations the road refused to vanish completly. Today you can drive on parts of the old road in all 8 Route 66 states.


    .                 Route 66: Williams, AZ                            South Rim, Grand Canyon NP, AZ                           Petra & Nick at Grand Canyon

Located entirely in northern Arizona, Grand Canyon National Park encompasses 277 miles (445 km) of the Colorado River and adjacent uplands. Over several million years the Colorado River has carved an immense chasm through an arid land - one of the greatest geological features of its kind. The canyon is the most famous natural attraction in the USA. People never forget their first sight of the canyon. Perhaps no landscape on earth is as startling as the vast intricate face of the Grand Canyon. The layers of rock exposed in the canyon walls record much of the geologic history of North America.

Because the Grand Canyon ranges from 2000 to 7400 feet (600 to 2300 m) above sea level, it can support a wide variety of plant and animal life indigenous to desert and mountain environments. Almost 2000 animals and plants have been cataloged in Grand Canyon National Park.

Return to Grand Canyon
For Klaus and Petra this was the second visit to Grand Canyon after their first in 1989. Today we started hiking at the Trailer Village RV Park, walking to the new Canyon View Information Plaza first. From there we walked to the Mather Point, a fantastic view point at the rim. Going westward on the Rim Trail it was like stop-and-go, not because of lot traffic, it's that you have to stop that often to savor the overwhelming and ever changing views you got. Coming to the Bright Angel Trailhead we decided to descend for about a mile. After ascending back to the rim we watched a fantastic sunset.

    At the Bookstore of Grand Canyon Visitor Center we bought two CDs with wonderful music from Nicholas Gunn


The Grand Canyon is the world's most spectacular example of erosion and most remarkable assemblage of exposed of rocks in sequence and intact. Compared to the rocks in which it is carved, Grand Canyon is geologically young, occurring only in the past 6 million years. The Grand Canyon is the result of erosion, primarily by water. While the Colorado River has played the primary role in creating the canyon's present depth, runoff from rain and snow, and the streams that flow into the Canyon from both rims also helped shape and size the Canyon. Almost a mile (1600 m) below the South Rim of the Grand Canyon the Colorado River, from its origins high in the Colorado Rockies, the river flows more than 1400 miles (2250 km) toward the Gulf of California and passes through a series of remarkable canyons, of which Grand Canyon is only one.

The stunning colors of the different layers of Grand Canyon are due to the presence of small amounts of iron and other minerals which stain the surface of the canyon walls. Each layer represents an interval of time during which a particular environment of deposition prevailed. The youngest of these layers is the Kaibab Limestone, the top layer, deposited in shallow warm seas at the end of the Paleozoic period (65 million years ago). Below the rim these layers become progressively older, reaching back into the early Paleozoic. Four thousand feet below the rim, in the walls of the Inner Gorge, are the oldest rocks of this region: the igneous and metamorphic rocks known as the Vishnu Group. Very different from the sedimentary rocks above them, these ancient schists and gneisses are almost 2 billion (2000 million) years old and form the very basement of the North American continent.

.            Petra & Nick at Grand Canyon                            Grand Canyon NP, AZ                                        Sunset at Grand Canyon

    day 05 travel dates:

    Route: Kingman, AZ - Route 66 - Seligman, AZ - Williams, AZ - Grand Canyon NP, AZ
    Miles: today = 188 / total = 415
    Visiting: Seligman, AZ & Williams, AZ & Grand Canyon NP, AZ
    Night at Trailer Village, Grand Canyon Village, AZ



USA Southwest 2002 ----- Travel ----- Klaus Tueshaus ----- Established: 08-APR-2002 ----- Last Update: 02-MAR-2018