Wednesday, August 18, 2010
USA - Arizona - Grand Canyon National Park (2)
MORAN POINT - GRAND CANYON - ARIZONA
Moran Point is one of the most visited sites on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. The point offers far reaching views along a wide section of the canyon. It was named after landscape painter Thomas Moran who helped popularize the canyon.
Sent by Rose, a Wip partner from New Jersey, USA.
"Along with Desert View, Grandview and Yaki, Moran is one of the most visited points on the east rim drive, and offers far reaching views along a wide section of the Grand Canyon, approximately between river miles 87 and 72. The point is due south of Cape Royal on the North Rim - just 8 miles away in a straight line but 215 miles by road. The promontory is reached by a short spur road and was named after the landscape painter Thomas Moran who came here for the first time in 1873 and helped popularize the canyon, leading eventually to its incorporation as a national monument in 1908 (and a national park in 1919). To the west, Coronado Butte blocks some of the southern cliffs but there are still fine views downriver over a succession of red ridges and ravines, as far as Yaki Point where the Colorado bends back south. The eastern aspect is more restricted, by Zuni Point and ridges below". (Read more)