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Claim Plateau Point as your OwnAfter our initial introduction to the Grand Canyon, and our watchtower tour and scenic helicopter tour (each on their own an unbelievable experience), Go Ahead gifted our crew with a half day off to explore the park. So I took the opportunity to explore as seriously as I could.
I set out to conquer the Bright Angel Trail, and, if I could, make it out past the fabled Indian Gardens and down to the plateau Point in the few short hours that remained of the day. I zipped down the switch backing trail in decent time – descending from the canyon rim to the 100F heat at the gardens in a few hours. By the time I arrived at Plateau Point, I had the entire Grand Canyon to myself – gone were the crowds, the bustle, the gift shops and the distractions. I was left with the mighty Colorado, the canyon walls in ochre and PURPLE, and all the beautiful solitude I could hope for.
I had 7-miles ahead of me on my return trek to the South Rim, but each step up the trail was worth it. Bright Angel, indeed.
Flash Parker traveled on Go Ahead’s U.S. National Parks tour as part of AFAR’s partnership with the United States Tour Operator Association (USTOA), whose members provide travelers with unparalleled access, insider knowledge, and peace-of-mind to destinations across the globe. For more on Flash’s journey, visit the USTOA Blog.