|Grand Canyon - Panoramic Views
from South Rim plus Giant Condors
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to the right or to the left) to enjoy the spectacular panoramic view of the Grand Canyon National Park - South Rim in Arizona, USA at Desert View near
east entrance. Words can not describe the feeling!
On October 10, 2014, we drove from Flagstaff in Arizona to go north on Highway 89, then turned west on Highway 64 and entered the South Rim of
Grand Canyon National Park at its East Entrance. The first spectacular view of the South Rim of Grand Canyon with mile high canyon walls is the
Desert View near the Watchtower.
Map: Click here for a map of Desert View Drive in eastern part of South Rim of Grand Canyon
All Android smartphones and Android tablets running Android Version 4.2 or newer have very nice feature of highly automated and easy way to take
panoramic pictures. (iPhones and iPads also have similar feature for taking panoramic pictures easily.) In this 3-day tour of Grand Canyon from
October 10 to 13, 2014, I used my Google Nexus 10 tablet to take panoramic pictures of several spectacular views of the Grand Canyon.
The procedure to use Android devices to take panoramic pictures easily are described on my web page at:
The Watchtower at Desert View. Visitors can climb the 85 steps to the top floor for fantastic 360 degree view or on the roof of the gift shop
next to the Watchtower for incredible views of the Grand Canyon. The Watchtower has commanding views of the Grand Canyon and of
northern part of Painted Desert to the east. More information and photos of the immense and spectacular Painted Desert are on my web page
In Desert View, visitors can see the mighty Colorado River at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. I used my compact
super-zoom camera with 50X optical zoom (i.e. a very powerful telescope) to zoom in for a closer view of the
On the top floor of the Watchtower.
From Desert View Point, we also often see the top-down views of several ravens flying below us in the canyon.
With 4 feet of wing span, the raven flying in the Grand Canyon is much larger than the crow with wing span of 3 feet that we often see in east
大峽谷風光， 壯闊的大峽谷， 用”大"也難描述它的壯麗氣勢.。
Please scroll horizontally to enjoy the amazing view at the Navajo Point which is the second vista point as we drove east along Highway 64
toward the Grand Canyon Village.
Please scroll horizontally to enjoy the spectacular natural phenomenon at Moran Point which is the third vista from the East Entrance.
Please scroll horizontally to enjoy the breathtaking view from Lipan Point, the third vista from the East Entrance of Grand Canyon.
Zoom in to see the power of the raging rapids on Colorado River in cutting this mile-deep canyon over millions of years.
Please scroll horizontally to enjoy two more gorgeous panoramic views.
Please scroll horizontally to enjoy the grandest panoramic view on earth through the large glass windows in Geology Museum at Yavapai Point. It is
stunning. You haven't seen the whole Grand Canyon if you miss this.
Yavapai Point Museum presents one of the grandest view on earth. But this is not just any view of the Grand Canyon. In the 1920s, some of the most
scientific minds gathered in Grand Canyon National Park to select the best representative view of Grand Canyon geology. They chose this site and
conceived of this building to showcase one of the world’s greatest wonders with vast erosional feature.
From here, look east, and see the Canyon stretching as far as the eye can see (sixty miles on a good day), and you know the Canyon extends another
fifty or sixty miles beyond that . . . Then you look west, and see the Canyon stretching as far as you can see in that direction too, and know it extends
downstream another fifty or sixty miles . . . Then you look across at the North Rim miles away, across a yawning gulf filled with rock spires, buttes, and
mesas . . . and finally you look down and see the Inner Gorge and the Colorado River nearly a mile below you.
If you come to tour the Grand Canyon, make sure you enter this building to see what makes this view so grand.
Map: Click here for Detailed Park Maps of South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park in the Park Brochure
Many visitors are enjoying the fantastic view of the Grand Canyon from inside the Geology Museum at Yavapai Point.
With wing span from 9.5 to 11.4 feet, the giant condor is the largest flying bird in America. I am very happy to see and to get good
pictures of this giant condor flying over the Grand Canyon on October 12, 2014. This is my 8 years' dream comes true. If you dream
about something enough, it can come true.
As a bird watcher and photographer, I have been looking for 8 years for an opportunity to see and to photograph the giant condor cruising
in the air. My first attempt was in February 2006 when I toured the Pinnacles National Park in California and beautiful coastal Highway 1 in
California, especially near Big Sur as shown on my web pages at:
Pinnacles National Park is a release site of condor and is a potential location to see condor. The California Coast, especially the Big Sur
area is also potential site to see condor. I saw the beautiful scenery and many kinds of birds but did not see condor in that 2006 tour.
My second attempt was in my 2010 tour of the North Rim of Grand Canyon as shown on my web page at:
In that tour, I saw several condors perching on the ledges on the high cliff of the Marble Canyon which is the eastern end of Grand Canyon.
But I did not see condor flying in the air in that 2010 tour.
Therefore, seeing the giant condors flying over the Grand Canyon on October 12, 2014 is very exciting to me and is my 8 years' dream
A giant condor in flight over the Grand Canyon on October 12, 2014. This condor was more than a mile away. I had to use my compact
super-zoom camera with 50X optical zoom (i.e., a powerful telescope to magnify the size of an image 50 times) to zoom in to get the nice
close up picture.
This condor has the tag number 16 under its wings. I had to use the Sport Mode which took a burst of 10 pictures in 0.7 second in addition
to the super-zoom on my camera to get the clear pictures of this condor maneuvering in the air. I saw this condor in the air when I was on
the Rim Trail near Lookout Studio between El Tover Lodge and Bright Angel Lodge.
The condor and a raven in the air.
Another view of the condor in the air over Grand Canyon.
The Inca Indian people in Peru admire and worship the mighty condor soaring freely high above the Andean mountains and deep
canyons. According to Peruvian Andean legend, the mighty condor is Andean spirit-bird of the upper world, is the only living creature
allowed access to Hanan Pacha (heaven), and is a messenger to bring advice from the god in the heaven to the Inca King. Condor
carried the souls of the dead across the heavens to the celestial river (Milky Way，銀河)
Please enjoy the world famous and very beautiful Peruvian Andean folk tune of Inca Indian entitled El Condor Pasa (i.e., The Condor
Passes or The Condor Goes By) at the following YouTube website:
The lyrics of this Inca folk song translated into English are the following:
Oh mighty Condor owner of the skies
take me home, up into the Andes,
Oh mighty Condor.
I want to go back to my native place to be
with my Inca brothers, that is what I miss the most,
Oh mighty Condor.
Wait for me in Cuzco, in the main plaza,
so we can take a walk in Machu Picchu and Huayna-Picchu.
This may be the second condor that show up couple minutes after the first one.
On October 10, 2014, May Lee and other tourists saw a juvenile condor perching on a tree in the Grand Canyon near Mather Point as shown near
the end of May Lee's website at
Some other tourists said that they saw a condor cruising gracefully near the Mather Point on October 9, 2014.
This sign shows the comparison of the wing spans of condor, golden eagle and red-tailed hawk. It is seen that
condor is the largest one. This sign is located at a condor observation site on the (unpaved) House Rock Road
2.9 miles north of junction of Highway 89-Alt and House Rock Road (BLM Road 1065) in northern Arizona. This
junction is between Mileposts 565 and 566 of Highway 89-Alt and is about 14 miles east of Jacob Lake. This is
near a release site of condor on the majestic and beautiful Vermilion Cliffs along scenic Highway 89-Alt.
Map: Click here to see Google Map showing location of this Condor Observation Site
I took this picture during my tour of the North Rim of Grand Canyon in 2010.
Please see the following YouTube movie on a rare and very precious opportunity in seeing 15 condors on road
side of beautiful coastal Highway 1 in Big Sur, California at:
Romantic View from Powell Point.
欣賞獨特的大峽谷日落景色， 現在太陽很低了，峽谷中山丘的陰影更能呈現立體感， 日落的場景全都收入眼底。
Please scroll horizontally for a panoramic sunset view of Grand Canyon with stunning isolated plateaus and mesas. The lighting changes the view, so
it's like seeing two different canyons.
大峡谷的日落壯麗氣勢，山崖披上金色， 精彩的泛紅顏色，那個激動人心的美好時刻， 讓人感動開心不已。
It is fantastic to watch the red stone canyon walls glow in golden color under the sunset light and the ever changing colours the sunset
provided. Simply gorgeous! (I used the Super Vivid Mode of my camera in taking pictures of such amazing sunset views.)
Many tourists come to the Rim Trail to enjoy the fantastic sunset views of Grand Canyon such that the mobile phone network is highly
congested and most mobile phones in this area do not work during the sunset time.
Two playful ravens in the air over Grand Canyon.
Ravens are aerial acrobatic fliers and often perform stunts by flying upside down, doing barrel rolls, and making flips all in the air.
On October 10, 2014, we saw three elks and some deer roaming leisurely in the Yavapai Lodge area in Grand
Canyon Village. These two pictures of elks were taken by May Lee.
A picture of me (Sing Lin) with my camera and monopod
at Grand Canyon. This picture is taken by May Lee.
There are many breathtaking overlooks and pullouts along the rim of Grand Canyon. At several vista points, visitors can see the
mighty Colorado River as it continues to aid in carving the Grand Canyon.
澎湃洶湧的激流險灘， 經過數百萬年湍急的科羅拉多河的沖刷， 形成世界著名的大峽谷。
When I used my compact super-zoom camera with 50X optical zoom to zoom in, I saw some massive raging rapids on the mighty
Colorado River. The Interpretive Panel indicates that some of these massive waves can be more than 10 feet high on such horrendous
and roaring rapids.
From Trailview Overlook - Zoom in on Bright Angel Trail zig zag and descends 4,500 feet in 7.8 miles for hikers and mules to go down
towards the Colorado River.
Zoom in even more to see hikers on the Bright Angel Trail.
Several hikers at the South Kaibab Trailhead to hike down to the Colorado River.
Another view of the South Kaibab Trailhead for hiking down to the Colorado River or hiking up from the river.
Zoom in to see the Phantom Ranch at the bottom of the Grand Canyon near Bright Angel Creek and North Kaibab Trail.
Map: Click here for interactive Google Map showing location of Phantom Ranch
After one full day of strenuous hiking for 10 miles from the Rim to go down one mile to the bottom of Grand Canyon, hikers usually
need to sleep in the Phantom Ranch over night to rest and to recover to get ready for even more strenuous hiking from the bottom
back up for 10 to 14 miles to the rim on the second day.
Zoom in to see one of the two bridges across the Colorado River at the bottom of Grand Canyon. The bridge spans 440 feet, carrying
hikers and mules 70 feet above the river to nearby Phantom Ranch.
Map: Click here for interactive Google Map showing locations of the two bridges across Colorado River for North-South Kaibab Trail
and for Bright Angel Trail
Some hikers hike down on the North Kaibab Trail from the North Rim to the bottom, then go to Phantom Ranch to sleep over night,
then go over this bridge and hike up to the South Rim on either the Bright Angel Trail or the South Kaibab Trail. Some other hikers go
down from South Rim, then go through this bridge to reach Phantom Ranch on north side of Colorado River to sleep over night and hike
up to North Rim. Some other hikers do it all on south side using Bright Angel Trail and South Kaibab Trail, but still need to use this
bridge to reach Phantom Ranch on the north side of Colorado River..
Duck on a Rock, located on a pull-out along the Desert View Drive (Highway 64) between Grandview Point and Yaki Point.
Many tourists on a vista point.
寬闊無際的氣勢在眼前展開， 心中興奮莫名， 這裡的土壤雖然大都是褐色，但當它沐浴在陽光中時，依太陽光
Fantastic view from Powell Point. ABSOLUTELY stunning and romantic.
Tourists on Maricopa Point.
俯視大峽谷深淵， 峭壁下的深淵深不可測， 儘管有護欄圍著，但是來自那深淵的魔力仍然讓人膽寒，不敢正
Looking down into abyss.
Amazing view of multi-colored canyon walls from Abyss Point.
Please scroll horizontally to enjoy the breathtaking panoramic view.
We flew from Newark Airport in New Jersey to Phoenix Airport in Arizona on October 7, 2014 and got a rental car from the
airport. The driving loop of our 2014 one-week sightseeing tour in Arizona is the following:
Phoenix -> Sedona -> Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument -> Grand Canyon National park (South Rim) -> Meteor
Crater Natural Landmark -> Petrified Forest National Park and Painted Desert -> Phoenix
The photos and associated stories of our 3-day tour of beautiful and mystical Sedona in Arizona are on my web page at:
The photos and associated stories of our tour of magnificent Petrified Forest National Park embedded in Spectacular Painted
Desert are on my web page at:
The photos and associated stories of our tour of Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, Little Colorado River Gorge and
Meteor Crater are on my web page at: