Perched 3000 feet (914 meters) above the Colorado River on the Grand Canyon’s North Rim, Toroweap Point reveals sweeping views far from the crowds that gather at more popular overlooks. The area’s sheer red rock cliffs and numerous trails reward those who make the trip with excellent hiking, photography, and picnicking opportunities.
The challenging nature of this destination is part of what attracts people to the remote destination. The rough dirt roads connecting the overlook to the highway are difficult to navigate due to the terrain and frequently unstable road conditions. But, for the right traveler, the drive is part of the adventure. Upon reaching the Toroweap Point, visitors can camp at a primitive campground, explore trails, and enjoy the solitude.
Things to Know Before You Go
- A great overlook for the most adventurous and prepared Grand Canyon visitors.
- There are no amenities or cell service in the area.
- High clearance vehicles are required and road conditions are erratic.
- If you want to camp you must reserve a permit and arrive before sunset.
- There is no water at this location.
How to Get There
- Toroweap Point is 55 miles (89 km) west of the North Rim Headquarters.
- There are three roads to Toroweap Point from Arizona State Route 389.
- Each route takes between two to three hours under good conditions.
- The rural area has no cell reception so it is recommended that you bring a BLM Arizona Strip Visitor Map rather than relying on your GPS unit.
When to Get There
It is generally easiest to navigate the roads to Toroweap Point in the spring and fall. However, unpredictable road and weather conditions mean it is crucial to research before setting out regardless of the season. The roads are often impassable due to summer monsoon rains and mud or winter rain and snow.
Photograph the Grand Canyon from Toroweap Point
The rare canyon-side solitude found at Toroweap Point is just the beginning of what makes it a coveted vantage point for photographers. Additionally, the overlook is positioned in the middle of a relatively straight section of the Colorado River, delivering unobstructed views of the canyon in both directions. This presents the rare opportunity to capture both sunrise and sunset over the Colorado River from the same point.