“a hike full of breathtaking views”
The Cape Royal Trail is a hiking trail on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park, located in the U.S. state of Arizona. The paved trail begins in the parking area at the southern end of Cape Royal Road on the north rim. Cape Royal on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon is a definite must do! The view standing on the peninsula above Angels Window is stunning. The walk from the parking lot is on a paved path and is quite easy. Signs along the path suggest information about the surrounding scenery, plant and animal life. The walk out to the fenced perch above the window (arch) may be a bit intimidating as the ground drops away. The vistas are just as impressive, from a variety of points, without having to deal with the exposure on the pathway to the Angels Window perch. Vishnu Temple is the tall Rocky summit to the south and the mighty Colorado River can be seen to the southeast as well as the rapids created by Unkar Wash. Far to the south, the San Francisco Peaks tower above Flagstaff, Arizona. Another paved path leads to the west and looks out to Clear Creek as it winds between Towering Buttes. These two viewpoints together add up to just one mile (round trip) of level walking, mostly on paved path. This is the "Grand Canyon". From the parking area, the trail heads south with signs describing the views and the local flora. Viewpoints along the trail include Angel's window (a natural arch), and Cape Royal itself at the end of the trail. The trail is ½ mile (0.8 km) in length, making a 1 mile (1.6 km) round trip.
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