Just getting to Tuweep, or Toroweap, (which means dry valley in Paiute) proved to be a major part of the adventure.
After an hour and a half drive on pavement we hit one of the three gravel roads to Tuweep called the Sunshine Route. 61 miles (98 km) of washboard and dust.
This “route” took us through Antelope Valley.
Past Mt Trumbull…
…which has erupted about a dozen times causing lava to flow across the land and into the canyon.
Then we drove into Tuweep Valley.
Where there is evidence of ranches.
Seems like we’d never get to the canyon.
Finally, we approached the boundary into Grand Canyon National Park.
Where the Tuweep Ranger station is located.
The road deteriorates along the last six miles of slick rock as the scenery just gets better.
Guess this old road grater hasn’t been in operation in many years.
We could finally see Tuweep Point.
And after five hours arrived at the turn off for the Tuweep campground. More coming.