All pictures below, except otherwise noted, were taken with the Sony A700 and Sigma 10-20mm or Sony 18-250mm lens. Basically, for indoor shots I used theSigma 10-20mm , outdoors the Sony 18-250mm. All pictures were taken hand-held.
All photos are 800 pixels wide or smaller. No links to larger images except the scanned map, which is the second image down, that one is 1200 wide so you can read what’s on it.
This page: Mather Point, Visitors center, Hopi House and El Tovar. Page Two: Bright Angel lodge, Lookout studio and Kolb studio.
Here’s the South entrance sign, with the ticket booths about 400 yards/meters farther North. There’s a parking lot here so you can stop and take pictures of your family members as they stand behind the sign, plus there’s a camera stand if you want to get yourself in the picture.
The parking lot is big, and you can park along the road, but during the summer season I’d say you might be out of luck during certain times. There was plenty of parking spaces for my stay in April. You can see from the picture it’s still possible to park right along the edge.
Mather point at close to sunset, usually heavy crowds.
In the morning, it’s the complete opposite. This morning it was very hazy, which I guess kept away the throngs of people.
Forget about this kind of solitude during the summer tourist season.
A morning picture of a hazy Grand Canyon.
This little Western Bluebird was flitting around the area, and he was a loooong way off, that’s why it’s not very sharp.
I think this is the best part of the Visitors center, the old-type signs.
A close-up of one.
The bookstore has an immense amount of literature about the Grand Canyon and vicinity.
This is a nice looking display of Native Artifacts, and if you like, you can purchase the rug behind it for $225.
Now we travel a little ways to the Yavapai observation station This is a nice place to view the Canyon also. In fact, I think it’s a better viewing point and less crowded than Mather Point. There is a nice stone building with exhibits and interpretive displays inside.
This is the inside of the nice stone building with the displays etc.
A nice door shot in back of the Yavapai observation station. I like the design.
When you visit Hopi House, you will find a large selection of native arts and crafts available for purchase, such as kachina dolls, jewelry, handcrafted Navajo rugs, and authentic pueblo pottery. The second-floor gallery, which reopened to the public in 1995, offers a variety of museum-quality items. Hopi House is located on the Canyon rim and open year-round. Hours vary seasonally.
The main entrance is to the right, by the tree. The doors are very narrow and short, obviously not meant for modern Americans.
Here is some pretty neat looking pottery. Before you enter, you better have a fistful of cash, as this is not a place for tightwads. The large vase in the middle right is $550.
Neat little vignettes. Everything is for sale.
All kinds of neat trinkets.
More beautiful pottery.
Learn how to weave a coil basket in seven easy steps. The Bowl in the lower left/middle is $65.
An overview of the main room, notice the ceiling material.
The famous El Tovar hotel. See picture from almost a hundred years ago below.
A different view.
The next three photos were taken close to the Bright Angel Lodge and Hopi House along the rim trail.
There’re plenty of paths and walkways at this point on the trail.
The trees were just starting to bud this week, the third week in April.
Here we have the Thunderbird Lodge. It’s located very close to the rim, and between the Bright Angel Lodge and El Tovar Hotel.
Bright Angel lodge at night. If you like woodsy dark decor, you’ll love this place. Very similar to the El Tovar, but not as regal.
This is a Bright Angel rim cabin for rent, about 50ft to the canyon edge and very close to the Lookout Studio.
The sign says “Grand Canyon Vista.” I’m not sure you really need a sign for that, especially right here.
Spotting scopes for looking at stuff, I’m not sure what though. I guess you could see hikers down by Indian Garden, and Plateau Point.
This scene is by the Bright Angel ice cream fountain (closed during my visit) and gift shop area. This is the busiest place along the rim.
Next, we have Lookout Studio. The following is from a local brochure: Lookout Studio was designed in 1914 by Mary E. J. Colter as a gift shop and lookout point for the Fred Harvey Company.
Perched on the South Rim, it blends exceptionally well with its natural setting. Lookout Studio sells photography and books related to the Grand Canyon, rock and fossil specimens, traditional souvenirs, books and photographic prints. Two lookout points are open in good weather. It is located a short walk west of historic Bright Angel Lodge. Open year-round and hours vary seasonally.
Here’s a detail of the main entrance.
The studio is really located on the edge. It’s pretty stark inside, like it might have been in 1914.
This is modern Red Earth Pottery from Colorado.
There’s a stairway that leads to a balcony, like you might need a better view?
This is a view of the rear of Lookout Studio. Note explorer John Wesley Powell to the right. The balcony is visible above the rear doors.
This shot looks along the east side of the Studio.
Now we’re off to the Kolb Studio. The following is from a local brochure: Once the home of the Kolb brothers, who were early photographers at Grand Canyon, the Kolb Studio features changing art exhibits displayed in the auditorium throughout the year.
Built by brothers Ellsworth and Emery Kolb from 1904 to 1926, Kolb Studio is included in the National Register of Historic Places and operated by Grand Canyon Association. The bookstore and auditorium are open to the public. The studio is located in the Village Historic District, at the Bright Angel trailhead. Open year-round and hours vary seasonally.
A nice spot for a studio I’d say.
This is the beginning of the Bright Angel trail. The trail head sign is farther down about 100ft.
Plenty of views out the studio windows.
Downstairs is a revolving art exhibit, yes, it’s all for sale.
The Red Feather Lodge in Tusayan, across the street from the Grand Hotel where I stayed.
The Lobby of my Grand Hotel, I remember a lot of slamming doors.
The hallway to my room on the second floor, reminds me of a carnival fun house where the floor moves under you and the walls close in.
That’s all folks. I hope you enjoyed the tour as much as I did living it!