Most tourists consider the views from Yavapai Point as the most breathtaking on the Grand Canyon South Rim. As the northernmost lookout point on the South Rim and the most panoramic features the closest views of the Colorado River far below the point. It features unobstructed views up and down the river gorge. Tourists can clearly see the Plateau Point in the distant which can be reached by a hike on a branch of Bright Angel Trail.
Yavapai Point is also the most popular spot to watch the sunset which is why this vista point inspires so many photographers and artists to capture its essence of beauty. It features an abundance of distant butte formations of differing shapes with a multitude of color that bombard the eye senses in all directions. At an elevation of 7062 feet, it is one of the highest points at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.
Yavapai Point also includes the Yavapai Museum of Geology which is often referred to as Yavapai Observation Station. The building was originally built in the late 1920s and remodeled and rededicated in 2007 with educational exhibits that detail the history of the canyons, its geological wonders, and how Grand Canyon was formed over a period of about 17 million years.
The museum station sits high atop Yavapai Point. Constructed of natural stone, Yavapai Station sits high atop Yavapai Point. Besides featuring hands-on exhibits and a wealth of historical information, the front of the building is wrapped with windows that reward you with incredibly amazing views across the canyon. The museum of geology is air conditioned making it a cool and comfortable spot to enjoy the spectacular views and some souvenir shopping.
Yavapai Point marks the beginning of The Trail of Time. It is a portion of the famous Rim Trail which runs along the edges of the Grand Canyon. The Trail of Time is an easy walk to the Grand Canyon Historic District of about 1.5 miles. It is a well-shaded time trail with brass marker exhibits that explain the geological growth of the Grand Canyon in one-million year geological increments. The winding trail is paved, flat and accessible. Don’t forget your camera, there are many beautiful scenes along the easy trek.
Yavapai Point and its Yavapai Museum of Geology is a regular highlight attraction on many of its private group tours to the Grand Canyon South Rim. Checkout the following choices from various departure cities and towns.