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I would venture a guess that dropping a car off at the North Rim will be impossible, since there's virtually nothing there, certainly no rental agencies that I'm aware of -- how would you get there without a car in the first place? Some alternatives, neither of them cheap: Take a direct bus from Las Vegas to the South Rim ($99/person, you may find cheaper ...
It's not hard to identify flights which may fly over the Grand Canyon— but finding out which ones definitely will, and whether or not you will have a view if you take one, are a different story. With some trial and error, you can find flights that pass over the area on any of the websites that offer flight tracking, like FlightAware.com. Grand Canyon ...
If you know where you're going and you don't want a guide you're unde no obligation to take one. You can look at Tripadvisor thread regarding the same topic and also on the National Park Service Site for maps and other information regarding the Grand Canyon National Park.
I was there in August. There were strict instructions for people NOT to try and hike down to the river unless incredibly fit, hydrated and well prepared (Even then, it wasn't recommended). We walked around the rim trails, and that was pretty hot, and then descended down the Bright Angel trail to the first water hut (1 hour?). That itself was tiring in the ...
Frommers lists that Bright Angel and North Kaibab trails are 'the canyon's smoothest' trails - but as you can see on my picture with a section of the Bright Angel trail, it's not really wheelchair accessible, and probably quite strenuous on crutches. Picture was taken in 2006, so it might look different today. Another option would be a mule trip, which ...
You don't need a guide. But if you camp out within the National Park then you need a backcountry permit. (See the national park page on backcountry permits) Also be aware of the warnings about hiking in the Grand Canyon -- people do get (literally) lost and the conditions can be harsh.
Worst idea, I'd say. I made the same mistake - thought I would be able to do it. I went to Grand Canyon in August as well. To say it was scorching hot, would be an understatement. I wasn't just burnt. I melted. But for all you know, it won't be that hot this summer? Spring is the best time to go there, apparently.
Flagstaff is no longer a small town. The metro area has an estimated population of over 135,000. I suggest looking at the Grand Canyon web site and making a reservation for lodging, either in the park or outside. This includes camping. As far as activities, you may a get a beautiful clear winter day. And you may not. You are probably aware that all tourist ...
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