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North Rim Entrance Road
The Cape Royal Road begins at its intersection with the North Rim Entrance Road.
Road to Point Imperial
The road reaches a Y intersection. A turn toward the left will reach Point Imperial, pictured to the left, in 2.7 miles. Continue to the right to follow the Cape Royal Road.
On the right is Greenland Lake. Along with the rather uncommon lake, there is also a restored cabin on the southeast side of the lake.
Vista Encantada Picnic Area
The road goes by the Vista Encantada Picnic Area on the left. This may be billed as a picnic area, but it is also a stunning viewpoint. As a result, it is one of the most scenic places for a picnic we have seen anywhere.
The next overlook the road approaches is Roosevelt Point. This viewpoint was named in honor of Theodore Roosevelt, the US President responsible for much of the National Park System, including Grand Canyon. He famously said of the canyon in 1903 "Leave it as it is. You cannot improve upon it. The ages have been at work on it, and man can only mar it. What you can do is keep it for your children, your children's children, and for all who come after you, as the one great sight that every American should see."
Cape Final Trailhead
The road passes by a small parking area for the Cape Final Trailhead. This trail leads about two miles to a viewpoint of the canyon at Cape Final.
The Walhalla Overlook is on the left side of the road. This is yet another outstanding viewpoint of the canyon.
Cliff Spring Trailhead
The road passes by a small pullout for the Cliff Spring Trailhead. This short trail runs about a half mile to a small spring.
Cape Royal parking area
The road ends at the parking area for Cape Royal itself. A paved and easy trail leads a short way to Angel's Window and Cape Royal. These are arguably thr best viewpoints on the North Rim and should not be missed by anyone.