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Day 4 Arizona Vacation: Grand Canyon & Marble Canyon

On Tuesday we woke up early to drive to Marble Canyon to spend the night, so we could go on our Antelope Canyon Tours the next morning.

Grand Canyon

On the way we planned to stop at the Grand Canyon and any other picturesque spots of our choosing. It took about 2.5-3 hrs. to get from our hotel to the Grand Canyon Village parking lot. It would have been faster but there was quite a bit of construction and a line at the Grand Canyon entrance where you buy the park pass ($35/car). The passes here confuse us slightly because in Canada when you buy a National Parks pass it’s good for all of the parks, but the different places here required different passes, taxes, etc. I will try to include those fees and such in my future posts for the rest of the trip, so you can plan accordingly.

Once we got to the Grand Canyon we spent a little less than an hour there. We may have spent a little longer if we hadn’t gotten caught in a huge rain and hail storm (good thing my super prepared mom packed our rain jackets).

The Grand Canyon was as beautiful as I remembered. Every time I see it my breath is taken away. I was disappointed it was slightly cloudy/smoky, so my pictures did not turn out as great as I had hoped.

After we left the Grand Canyon we got stuck in some construction traffic, but then we were able to pull over at another view point of the canyon and take some more pictures.

Little Colorado River Gorge

By chance our next stop was the Little Colorado River Gorge (thanks mom for having to use the washroom!). It is on Navajo land, but you are able to park and use their washrooms and look at their tables they have set up selling different crafts and such.

Marble Canyon Lodge and Navajo Bridge

After that, we headed to our hotel for the night: Marble Canyon Lodge. After we checked in we drove to check out the Navajo bridge that was down the road that provided excellent views of Marble Canyon.

The Cliff Dwellers Restaurant

For dinner we went to The Cliff Dwellers Restaurant. It is not fancy by any means, but the food, service, and views were GREAT! The best part was the dessert: Avocado Pie. I absolutely despise avocados whether in dip, salads, sandwiches, etc. but this pie was great. I am craving it just from typing about it.

Old Cliff Dwellers Lodge

After dinner we stopped to take pictures of these funny rock houses we had passed on our way. There were no signs there that told you about it, but I did some Googling and found that it used to be the Old Cliff Dwellers Lodge and a few other things, but eventually was abandoned, but boy are they cool looking.

After that, we headed home to go to bed early because we were exhausted and had an early start in the morning.

Review of Marble Canyon Lodge:

  • Cleanliness: 5/5
  • Staff: 4/5 (the check in guy seemed grumpy)
  • Amenities: 4/5 (no extras (i.e. WiFi) just the essentials)
  • Value: 4/5
  • Overall: 4.25/5

Review of Cliff Dwellers Restaurant:

  • Food: 5/5
  • Staff: 5/5
  • Atmosphere: 5/5 (view of the mountains, without that it would be lower)
  • Cleanliness: 5/5
  • Overall: 5/5

Thanks for reading my blog!

-Ariel.

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