We have a group of 8 that will do the following interary from 7/9/09-7/15/09.
7/10/09: 4:30 am - Begin our decent into the canyon. We'll camp at the tribe controlled campsite 10 miles in (yes, we've all been backpacking before anda are consumate hikers :).
7/12/09 - Day of rest and exploring.
7/13/09 - 3/4:30am - Hike out out of the canyon and...?
This is where it gets tricky. Our original intent was to go to the West Rim & see the Skywalk. We're ready to nix that completely after reading reviews of the Skywalk and the West Rim.
Does anyone have options they can suggest for the 13th & 14th, keeping in mind that we must get back to Las Vegas for flights out by 3pm on 7/15/09. Also, we'd like something NOT touristy...we all prefer to be outdoors and without crowds of folks milling about. We are NOT into anything with loads of folks but prefer to enjoy nature & photography. Camping & backpacking totally ok. We are a no frills group that wants to enjoy the GC as part of marking it off our "bucket list".
I was thinking the town of Williams and the adjacent Kaibab National Park but is that too far to do a day and a half trip? Any other suggestions? Help? Comments?