The Kaibab Plateau

Along the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.

My 2004 Jeep road trip took me to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. But rather than sticking to the paved roads, I explored many of the unpaved forest roads that wind through the tall pines and aspens. After all, I was driving a Jeep. Why would anyone subject herself to long distance highway driving in a Jeep if there wasn’t the reward of off-pavement travel in the immediate future?

The Kaibab Plateau in AutumnIt was autumn — third week in September, to be exact — and the aspen trees on the Kaibab Plateau were turning color. Aspens turn yellow in the fall and this shot shows them interspersed with the ponderosa pines that also grow there.

For this trip, I had my old GPS, which only holds about 4-5 topo maps in its database. I’d programmed in the ones for the North Rim area, so I had a highly detailed navigational aid for the maze of roads there. After spending the night in a cabin on the North Rim, I followed forest roads out to various lookout points on the North Rim that most tourists never see. My goal was to see from the ground what I saw from the air when I flew helicopter tours. I saw that and so much more. And in the hours I drove in Grand Canyon National Park — the most popular national park in America — I saw only one other person.

He was in a Jeep, too.

3 thoughts on “The Kaibab Plateau

  1. On Rte. 67 in 1969 I saw a large expanse of short grass
    and thought a small plane could land here. On the way out there was a crash landed Piper on its belly. I have a couple jpg pics of the incident if you are interested. We gave the pilot a ride to the ranger station for outside contact.

  2. For clarity, the Piper incident was a bit north of the north rim heading out towards Utah. There were NO buildings visible, but a couple light planes were tied down along the west tree line. NO facilities at all there.

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