Monday, December 8, 2014

Havasupai Point - BCE - Tundra

Best Campsite Ever?


This weekend we took the FJ out to the Edge of the World (overlooking Sedona) and Havasupai Point (overlooking the Grand Canyon). Accompanied by my buddy Case and his Tundra, we got in over 100 miles of off-road travel in two days of cliffside camping. We saw the grand canyon from one of the least-visited overlooks on the south rim, hiked down into the canyon, drank lots of coffee, and generally had a beautiful mini-vacation, for less than the cost of one hotel room for one night.

Coffee from It's About Coffee in Flagstaff. Very smooth.

Frick Family breakfast

Using my Canyon Coolers 22qt as a table... works great!

 Tundra with FlipPac overlooking Sedona

 Closing the FlipPac

Ready to roll!

 25 miles in the dirt each way from Flagstaff to our camp at Edge of the World (near East Pocket). Most of this road you could do in your prius, as long as you don't mind getting it wet and going slow over a few bumpy parts. Lots of hunting camps out there this time of year, but they didn't bother us.

From Flagstaff, we trucked up to Havasupai Point. A little-known overlook on the Havasupai reservation. The entrance is about half a mile south of the park entrance, near Tusayan. About 40 miles of off-road to the campsite, including a stop to pay the Havasupai tribe to enter their land ($25 per car, per entrance). Beautiful driving, and highly recommended. High clearance vehicles only. Both the FJ and the Tundra handled admirably.

Set up camp right on the rim. (yes, I climbed a tree to get this shot)

Quick photo for Canyon Coolers at sunset.

The next morning, after a quick hike into the canyon, we packed up and headed back around noon.

The FJ

Final photo op before we landed back in civilization.

Havasupai Point was easily the most tranquil, beautiful campsite I have ever been to. No wind, no other campers, not even much other traffic on the roads out there. We had the entire place to ourselves. In fact, the ranger said we were the only group to enter the entire weekend. It really doesn't get any better than that.