I recently heard about this canyon, some suggesting it is 2nd only to the Grand Canyon in scenic beauty and since the road drops from the rim to the bottom and back out, that makes it a good place to ride a bike. Plus, Rick Miller rode this last week and gave it his thumbs up. I parked at the bottom beside a rest area that is permanently closed and headed up the north side.
Yes, a beautiful place and while there is no comparison to the Grand Canyon, it may be 2nd to it. Don't know about the hiking opportunities or availability as it is shared by two Indian reservations. After 2500' of climbing and 14 miles.....
....I emerged at the top with sweeping views to the north, well to the south, east and west too. The berm going back down has rumble strips and I was forced to spend much of the descent on the white line with semis going by. I decided not to go up the south side. Cool place and felt great to be on a bike in warm temps. Well, time to get serious about cycling in one more day but first a fitness test going up to Backett's Ridge with the ALT hiking group on Tuesday.