Clouds in Grand Canyon

Clouds in Grand Canyon photoi Steve Collins

Clouds in Grand Canyon, photo/Steve Collins

This week we got to see Grand Canyon National Park up close. We arrived on a rare (this winter) snowy day via the lush observation car on the vintage Grand Canyon Railway, who hosted us for this trip. The train that connects Williams, AZ with Grand Canyon National Park. is operated by Xanterra, the heirs to Fred Harvey’s historic hospitality empire which introduced Americans to the Southwest. They operate five  lodging facilities on the South Rim including El Tovar and Bright Angel Lodge as well as Phantom Ranch at the bottom of the canyon. The panoramic views of the Grand Canyon constantly change throughout the day as the light and clouds are ever-changing. I loved the play of the clouds on the canyon formations. With the fresh snow and crisp air it was a delight to be there.

 

 

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22 Responses to “Clouds in Grand Canyon”

  1. Irene S Levine
    March 8, 2015 at 9:59 pm #

    What a great view! I’ve only visit the Canyon once. Even with wonderful pictures, it is simply indescribable.

    • Billie Frank
      March 8, 2015 at 10:21 pm #

      The photos don’t really capture it Irene. It’s so incredibly breathtaking in person. I’d been for a nano-second before. The 2 (and 1/2) days we spent last week were truly magical. We saw most of the south rim from the top. Wish I could go to the bottom- but I can’t do that long a hike and mules are out for me.

  2. Shelley
    March 8, 2015 at 10:35 pm #

    Your photo is beautiful! I haven’t managed to visit the Grand Canyon yet, but hope to someday soon. The Grand Canyon Railway sounds like a nice relaxing way to enjoy the trip.

    • Billie Frank
      March 8, 2015 at 11:12 pm #

      The Grand Canyon Railway is a great way to view the scenery. We were there is snow and taking the train sure took any stress out of the trip. It’s also a great way for the person who’d be driving to enjoy the scenery without having to worry about staying on the road. The GC is one of the most special places we’re ever been. Hope you get there!

  3. Betsy Wuebker | PassingThru
    March 9, 2015 at 3:46 am #

    Absolutely the best photo ever of the canyon. Just amazing.

    • Billie Frank
      March 9, 2015 at 7:51 am #

      WOW! That’s serious praise. We got some fab ones. but it’s such a willing subject.

  4. Linda ~ Journey Jottings
    March 9, 2015 at 5:48 am #

    As a lover of landscape, this is my dream place and its so exciting to hear it didn’t disappoint!
    Your mention of the long hike to get to the bottom makes me think I should be thinking about doing it sooner, rather than later!

    • Billie Frank
      March 9, 2015 at 7:54 am #

      Sooner is better- thought I saw older folks hiking- it’s more about condition than age. I couldn’t have made that hike in my 20s due to health issues. There are several ways down- the Bright Angel and Kaibob Trails are the most popular from what I gather. You definitely want to overnight. They have options running from camping to dorms, to hotel rooms. Don’t miss it! You can also ride a mule down.

  5. Patti Morrow
    March 9, 2015 at 6:58 am #

    I agree with you, Billie, photos never do justice to what the eye beholds of the Grand Canyon. I flew in by helicopter and was snapping away, but the photos didn’t even come close to capturing the panorama. We landed on a flat spot at the top and had a picnic. Very memorable!

    • Billie Frank
      March 9, 2015 at 7:55 am #

      Sounds like a great experience, though I’m a bit chicken about helicopters. The views must have been grand, so to speak.

  6. Paula McInerney
    March 9, 2015 at 2:11 pm #

    It looks amazing, and I love the colours.

  7. Nancie
    March 9, 2015 at 2:59 pm #

    Hi Billie. What a stunning shot! If I ever get the chance to visit the Grand Canyon, I will jump at it. However, I will not ride a mule…haha. I rode one in Egypt, and said never again 🙂

    • Billie Frank
      March 9, 2015 at 4:00 pm #

      Just don’t jump in it! Interestingly, at one time they had camels at Grand Canyon. Go if you can- words cannot describe.

  8. Carole Terwilliger Meyers
    March 9, 2015 at 5:21 pm #

    I can’t remember ever before seeing clouds in a Grand Canyon picture!

    • Billie Frank
      March 9, 2015 at 8:44 pm #

      It’s apparently a bit rare. They also have these cloud inversions where the entire canyon is filled with clouds but the top peaks show. Someone we were with was hoping to get a shot of this- kind of glad it didn’t happen. It really messes with the view!

  9. Susan Moore
    March 9, 2015 at 6:29 pm #

    What fun! I would love to take a train journey to the Grand Canyon.

    • Billie Frank
      March 9, 2015 at 8:46 pm #

      It was wonderful. We went out in the observation car and back in the club car. Both have access to the back platform- IMO the best way to ride. These cars are beautiful, the seating plush and they have food and drink. It’s their first-class service. There’s also entertainment. We had a fiddler on the way up and a guitarist on the way back.

  10. The GypsyNesters
    March 9, 2015 at 7:58 pm #

    We got to see the clouds doing that last time we visited the Grand Canyon too. So cool!

    • Billie Frank
      March 9, 2015 at 8:46 pm #

      It is indeed. We’re lucky people. They told us there are about 12 days a year like this and the snow was super.

  11. Anita @ No Particular Place To Go
    March 12, 2015 at 3:15 pm #

    We can’t believe (and are very embarrassed to admit) that we’ve never been to the Grand Canyon. Your post showed us a terrific way to view this marvel and that this is absolutely a “must see!” Now it’s at the top of our list when we take off on a road trip exploring our own country.

    • Billie Frank
      March 12, 2015 at 3:39 pm #

      I’d been there long enough to look over the rim over 20 years ago and really wanted to go back. It’s one of the most stunning places I’ve ever been. Photos don’t do it justice no matter how beautiful they are.

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