Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument
Trip Start Aug 12, 2013
46Trip End Oct 02, 2013
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I couldn't get my computer to connect to the Internet this morning. I reset it and went to take a shower. When I looked at the computer again it said it was in the process of doing some sort of disk repair. I tried to cancel the operation but it wouldn't let me. I left it running and plugged it into the inverter in the car.
I headed for the Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument today. As recommended by someone at the BLM, I first drove to the Mt. Trumbull Schoolhouse. It's not particularly interesting. I then tried to continue south to the Whitmore Overlook of the Grand Canyon. I came across someone on an ATV coming the other way and stopped to get a road condition report. He was born and raised in the area and had gone to the Mt Trumbull Schoolhouse so he was very familiar with the roads. He thought it would take me at least an hour to get to the overlook. The roads were pretty muddy and washed out in spots from rains the night before and I was told it gets pretty rocky and rough as you get closer to the river. I decided to skip the Whitmore Overlook.
I drove back to the school and then headed east to the Sawmill Historic Site; it wasn't very interesting either. I continued on to the Nampaweap Rock Art Site. Finally, something interesting. I spent an hour or more hiking around looking for petroglyphs.
I continued east and then south to the Toroweap Overlook in Grand Canyon National Park. That road got rockier and rougher as I got closer to the river too but I made it to the end with no difficulty. I then tried to take the western fork of in the road, which gets you closer to Lava Falls, but it was flooded so I decided against continuing.
I had been warned by someone at the BLM that Route 5 was flooded in spots on the way to Colorado City so I took 109 instead. I had wanted to make it out in time to stop at the Pipe Spring National Monument but I was much too late for that. I headed for Kanab and got a room.
The parts of Grand Canyon-Parashant that I saw were mostly Juniper and Pinyon Pine forest, not desert as I had expected. It's certainly not well-traveled but I did see a few other people, some of whom live and work there. There's quite a bit of cattle grazing in the area. The biggest problem with the roads was flooding but I don't think that's typical. I only ever used 4WD to get through some mud.
I drove to Kanab and got a room for the night. My computer didn't seem to have ever finished the disk repair and would no longer boot. Now my only Internet access is my phone.