USAKirsty Owen

Grand Canyon

USAKirsty Owen
Grand Canyon

It's difficult to comprehend the size of the Grand Canyon; when standing on the rim it felt like I could see the other side - as if it stopped there - but the North and South rims are 4 hours drive apart; there is no way over or through, so you have to go round, and the rocky surface is far below, only occasionally allowing glimpses of the Colorado River, a reminder that it is, in fact, as vast as its name suggests.

We visited the crowded South Rim, daunting queues for the shuttle buses (especially at sunset) and limited time threatening to detract from the experience. But even with people lining every available viewpoint, it's impossible not to be impressed as the sun goes down, slowly changing the colour of the rock and creating fleeting shadows across the fractured surface below.


Looking down into the Grand Canyon from Hopi Point at Sunset. Kirsty Owen photography
Sunset colours at Hopi Point on the south rim of the Grand Canyon. Kirsty Owen photography
Sunset at Hopi Point on the South rim of the Grand Canyon. Kirsty Owen photography
People watching the sunset at Hopi Point in the Grand Canyon. Kirsty Owen photography