Part 4 — Hoover Dam & Grand Canyon - Lookout Point
O'Neill Butte

Since we were in Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon was (barely) within day trip distance. It's a long drive to the South Rim, but absolutely worth it. We stopped at the Hoover Dam along the way too, which is a human-made marvel itself.

Part 4 — Hoover Dam & Grand Canyon

Hoover Dam

  • Towards Lake Mead

    Lake Mead, Nevada Going further east from Las Vegas, we head towards the Grand Canyon. Along the way, we pass through the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead. Here, a small portion of Lake Mead - a resoviour - is visible.

  • Higfhway 93 Bypass Under Construction

    Hoover Dam, Nevada As we approached the Hoover Dam, we passed by what looked like a bridge under construction. As it turns out, this was to become a bridge for the highway to bypass the Hoover Dam.

  • Leaning Tower of Power

    Hoover Dam, Nevada The Hoover Dam acts as both a reservoir and power generation station. The power plant is at the bottom of the dam, as evidenced by this angled transmission tower.

  • Hoover Dam Intake Towers

    Hoover Dam, Arizona The back side of the Hoover Dam. The white rock on the sides highlights areas that used to be submerged, but the water level has dropped a lot since then.

  • Hoover Dam Face

    Hoover Dam, Arizona Part of the wide arching face of the Hoover Dam. It's a huge structure and quite a feat of engineering.

Grand Canyon — South Kaibab Trail

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  • Grand Canyon South Rim

    Grand Canyon National Park One of the first views of the magnificent Grand Canyon. This is a view from the South Rim.

  • Looking Down Into the Grand Canyon

    South Kaibab Trail, Grand Canyon National Park Heading down a trail - the South Kaibab Trail - that goes down the canyon. A long way to go still (and we didn't go all the way).

  • Cliff Strata

    South Kaibab Trail, Grand Canyon National Park Along the trail, we get to get up close with the cliff faces. In addition to the fascinating strata exposed on the rock faces, you can find trees growing in places where you didn't think there was a place to root.

  • Warning Sign

    South Kaibab Trail, Grand Canyon National Park A friendly reminder to hikers. The trail doesn't descends a lot of elevation but in a fairly narrow column, so falling rocks could be quite dangerous

  • Rock Formations on Top of the Trail

    South Kaibab Trail, Grand Canyon National Park Most of the trail was like this, with regular log-reinforcement. Otherwise it was a constant descent (and therefore constant ascent on the way up).

  • Grand Canyon Tributary

    South Kaibab Trail, Grand Canyon National Park This looks like a tributary that flows into the Colorado River.

  • Down and Down

    South Kaibab Trail, Grand Canyon National Park The trail continues downward, toward O'Neill Butte.

  • O'Neill Butte

    South Kaibab Trail, Grand Canyon National Park Heading towards O'Neill Butte. It was getting late in the day though, so we turned back soon after to begin the climb back up.

  • Trail Upwards

    South Kaibab Trail, Grand Canyon National Park The ascent back up to the South Rim was gruelling. It was so easy to keep going down!

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