Finally we reached the rim. Mercifully it was fairly quiet, not too many people around. First up we had our very British picnic - rolls, crisps, stone-cold coffee, muffins and fruit. Basically the best Walmart could supply.
Then it was off on a walk to get the views - although they were already pretty spectacular. We identified a trail which took us out into the canyon, but wasn't too far as we only had an hour or so. Very civilised though - hard path all the way, but with a few rocks for the boys to climb. Very steep drop-offs each side and views to die for - at least if it wasn't for the slight haze. I kept a weather eye out for Californian Condor which are around, but no sightings. Did get white-throated swift and black-throated gray warbler though.
Then back out of the park down the way we came, stopping for a few scenic shots, on our way to the next phase of our trip - focusing on the national parks of Zion and Yellowstone - bears here we come!!!