As you approach the Grand Canyon, there is an overlook called the Little Colorado River Gorge. Compared to the colorful majesty that is the Grand Canyon, this may seem like a waste of time, but stop here along the way and enjoy the differences. Gray and forbidding, with an enormous drop off, it was once a favorite of base jumpers for the adrenaline rush. Base jumping is not allowed, but the view is simply stunning. Part of the Navajo Nation’s Parks and Recreation area, this overlook has picnic areas and fire pits as well as native vendor stalls where one can purchase handmade Navajo arts and crafts. Nearby, the Navajo Visitor’s Center has all the information on local hiking and backpacker’s trails.
While there are metal handrails around the edge of the canyon, parents should be aware that they provide very little protection from the steep drops if you do not closely supervise your children. Also, there are no steps, simply jagged rocks and pebbles that one must walk down to reach the edge.
All that being said, it is a beautiful and terrifying place to stop, at least for this mom, who did not once let go of her children at this attraction. Enjoy with caution.