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Toroweap Overlook

Toroweap Overlook, Arizona USA

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“an incredible 3,000ft vertical overlook”

The View from Toroweap Overlook, 3000 vertical feet above the Colorado River, is breathtaking; the sheer drop, dramatic! Equally impressive are the volcanic features, cinder cones and lava flows, which make this viewpoint unique in Grand Canyon National Park. Renowned Lava Falls Rapid is just downriver and can easily be seen and heard from the overlook.  Toroweap, a Paiute term meaning "dry or barren valley," refers to many local features, including the geologic formation and fault, the valley, and the overlook. Tuweep came into use to describe the local white settlement and later the park district. Tuweep in Paiute refers to "the earth," but this place name may be derived from a longer Paiute word meaning "long valley."A visit to this area can be challenging, but rewarding. Since the National Park Service manages the area for its primitive values, improvements and services are minimal. Getting ThereThe Bureau of Land Management Arizona Strip Visitor Maps are sold at the Arizona Strip Information Center in St. George, Utah, at nearby Pipe Spring National Monument, and at the Kaibab National Forest office in Fredonia, Arizona. The area can be reached from Arizona Highway 389 near Fredonia or Colorado City, Arizona, or from St. George, Utah. Sunshine Route (BLM road #109), the primary access route, leaves Highway 389 about seven miles/12km west of Fredonia. (6 miles east of Pipe Springs NM) It is 61 miles /100 km long and is the most reliable route, but is subject to washboarding and dust. Clayhole Route (BLM Road #5) leaves Highway 389 at Colorado City. It is also about 60 miles /100 km long, but may be impassable when wet. Main Street Route (BLM Roads #1069 and #5) from St. George is about 90 miles/145 km long and is the most scenic route. It may be impassable in winter due to snow on the slopes of Mt. Trumbull. Winter Travel December through March these roads, including the main Sunshine Route, become muddy and impassable when covered by melting snow. Travel may be possible when the road surface freezes at low temperatures (below 20°F /-7°C) but roads become impassible again as the temperature rises. During the winter, roads often are passible only between 4:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m., if at all. Summer Monsoon Travel during July and August heavy monsoon rains can wash out these roads making travel difficult. Road conditions can change rapidly after intense isolated thunderstorms and visitors are advised to be prepared in the event they are stranded during a flash flood. Vehicles have become stuck for several days during these isolated storms.

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Joel Schat

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July 02, 2014

Just about impossible to make it here during the winter but the views during the summer are unbeatable! Photographically the best place by far!

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March 20, 2014

Amazing views and serene solitude. Worth the 60+ miles of dirt roads to get there. No fences, no buildings, no crowds. Just the incredible 3000ft drops to the Colorado river below.

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