National Parks Rangers' Secrets

National Parks Rangers' Secrets

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Walk or Cross Country Ski to Shoshone Point
This lookout provides spectacular views no matter what time of year you visit, said Outdoor Recreation Planner Vanya Pryputniewicz. Located near the east entrance of the park, visitors should plan to park in the lot between mile markers 244 and 245 on East Rim Drive. The trip to Shoshone Point is a one-mile hike in warmer months or can be made on cross country skis in the winter, depending on conditions. As one of the higher elevation points on the canyon rim, the area often has snow from December through February.

“When you get to the lookout, you can walk on a spindly promontory, and it feels like you’re in the canyon rather than on the rim,” Pryputniewicz said.

Because you can’t take a shuttle bus or car directly to the lookout, only a small percentage of park visitors take advantage of this area.