Your job: Decide to get out of town and fast. Our job: Help you find where you're headed. This week, NBCLA's Worth the Drive takes us to...
Is this the famous mule ride to the bottom of the canyon? Nope. That's a whole other kit 'n kaboodle. That's where you go lights out, overnight, in the canyon. Which is also an exciting prospect.
The Abyss Overlook Mule Ride: This is a much shorter ride -- it's just three hours -- and it leads clip-cloppers through fragrant ponderosa and juniper-y groves to a very sheer vertical drop. You'll stop and take snapshots before clip-clopping back to the mules' HQ.
Why we're liking this one: We're especially sweet on this mule ride for Southern Californians because it is briefer than the lengthier, traditional overnight treks. You're visiting the famous national park, you want to the whole experience, but if you've driven to the canyon from LA you often don't have the time to spend that you wish you had. This could be the ride for you. Short and spectacular.