The road up was pretty amazing, highest point was over 8000ft! We went around a couple of view points along the rim and did a short walk, the views were brilliant but somehow not so much as I expected...the curse of anticipation! It would have been fantastic to walk down into the canyon itself, I think it would become a lot more impressive then. Unfortunately there were a few pretty serious looking storms coming in and we didn't fancy getting caught out down on a path!!
On the way back down to another visitor centre we saw the sign of wildlife, a big queue of cars parked up on the side of the road. Of course we joined in the fun and saw a herd of elk grazing, a little further down we even saw the huge male which was leading the group!
While we were at the next visitor centre one of the storms landed and it hailed pretty feircely for about half an hour. Settled like snow and left an inch or two on the ground! We went back up the rim and braved the storms around, walked up to a nice spot to see the sunset, got some great views then, best of the whole day!
We head back at that point, as we got further from the canyon there was more and more hail settled on the ground, at one point we saw some emergency vehicles around a car which had spun off the road...took a little more care after that!
We stopped the night in Flagstaff South of Grand Canyon Village. Overslept some but the weather was terrible anyway, it finally cleared up a couple hours later and we set off in the truck. Couple wrong turns later we were on the road to the Grand Canyon!