Toroweap Overlook, North Rim, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, USA
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At sunrise, amber light bounces off the cliff, into the canyon, and onto the river. One of the most amazing spectacles of light I’ve ever seen. Within a few minutes, the show ended until the next sunrise.
WARNING: A visit to this overlook is a long and very challenging drive even for a 4×4 vehicle. A tow costs between $1,000 to $2,000 so be prepared to fix your tires, oil pan, etc. or pay the price. In an effort to reduce my risk, I conducted much research and preparations prior to the visit. I then carefully drove out to the area during the day, camped overnight, and photographed the sunrise.
The view from Toroweap Overlook, 3000 vertical feet above the Colorado River, is impressive at any time of the day; the sheer drop, dramatic! Equally impressive are the volcanic features, cinder cones and lava flows, which make this viewpoint unique in Grand Canyon National Park. Renowned Lava Falls Rapid is just downriver and can easily be seen and heard from the overlook.
Toroweap, a Paiute term meaning “dry or barren valley,” refers to many local features, including the geologic formation and fault, the valley, and the overlook. Tuweep came into use to describe the local white settlement and later the park district. Tuweep in Paiute refers to “the earth,” but this place name may be derived from a longer Paiute word meaning “long valley.”
Information Source: National Park Service