The many Grand Canyon National Park scenic overlooks along Desert View Drive offer a chance to escape from the big crowds that congregate near the Grand Canyon Village. Finding a parking spot is not a problem along this long road and there are even a few picnic areas under the shade of the tall pine trees. Those who tour Desert View Drive will find a relaxed pace, plenty of room to breathe and quite a few majestic views of the Grand Canyon that not every visitor takes the time to see.
Lipan Pint is the last scenic overlook on Desert View Drive before getting to the Desert View Watchtower and the National Park East Gate. Lipan Point has a large parking area and facilities, because this scenic overlook can be busy toward the end of the day. The reason why is because Lipan Point happens to be one of the best places in this park to view a dramatic colorful sunset!
The views of the Lipan Point landmark, which extends far into the east end of the Grand Canyon are as picturesque as can be. This destination is next to the Little Colorado Gorge, which can be seen on the high ground to the northeast and it is also one of the few places along the canyon rim where the Colorado River can be seen. As far as viewing a great sunset is concerned, it does not get any better than Lipan Point, because the views are unobstructed west through the Grand Canyon all the way to the horizon. During the summer wildfire season, the smokey settles in the Grand Canyon and this creates some of the most colorful sunsets that can be imagined.
Lipan Point is one of many scenic overlooks along Desert View Drive, but it stands out as being one of the best. No matter whether you go to this spot to view a beautiful sunset or whether you are just looking for a good place to meditate upon the many mysteries of the Grand Canyon, Lipan Point certainly is a great place to be at the end of the day!
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