We took a sweltering drive across the desert then had a nice night camping in Mather's Campground at the South Rim before hiking down to the Colorado River in the morning. We started out the night sleeping in hammocks, but got too cold around 2am and ran for the truck. "Cold" was a feeling we'd soon forget all about. Steve got a back country permit so we're packing it all in and spending 3 nights camping in the canyon. Yes, it's July and it's HOT. It was rarely under 100 degrees.
We woke up early to avoid the heat and caught the 4am shuttle with a few other brave souls to the South Kaibab Trailhead. It was magnificent walking down into the canyon before sunrise. As the sun came up it showed off the colors of the canyon walls. And brought the heat.Bright Angel Campground. We got a nice spot on the river, took our heavy packs off, and spent the rest of the day in the creek.
We had to pack everything in and out including trash, but they did have bathrooms with running water. They made us keep all of our food and trash in metal boxes to keep the critters out so we kept our box in the creek so all of our food wouldn't cook in that little oven of a box. Bright Angel Trail much better than Kaibab.Indian Garden Campground. More relaxing in the shade in our hammocks and then a 3 mile sunset hike (aren't we sick of hiking yet?!) out to Plateau Point. Beautiful view of the canyon and Colorado River.
We love the campgrounds here. It's all quite casual, there are not too many people (how many people would torture themselves like this?!), nice campsites, etc. We saw tons of squirrels, deer, lizards, a hawk, and even a rattlesnake!
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