This trip does absolutely worth the 2 1/2 hour drive from Fredonia over washboard, cattle crossings and will-the-car-make-it turns in the last 10 miles of road. The ride to Toroweap is fairly easy for the first 50 miles or so. However, once you pass the Ranger station, the character of the road changes dramatically. Overall, the first 50 miles of dirt road is flat and straight with just one or two small hills and a curve or two. Not far after the Ranger station, the condition of the road degrades significantly and generally climbs through a series of switchbacks and curves, all of which are full of large rocks and ruts. The road demands a high-clearance vehicle. It is a bit of a kidney buster. But it is a fun drive. Again, our convoy was well suited for the drive as we had three mid size SUVs, a full size SUV and a full size pickup truck, all with good clearance and I think all had 4WD or AWD. We made this drive in late October and the weather had been dry for some time, so there was a LOT of dust, so much so that we had to keep some distance between the vehicles to be able to see. For this reason, we made a couple of stops along the way in and out of Toroweap, just to make sure that we were all still accounted for. This proved to be a good strategy as on the return trip one of the vehicles pulled up lame; flat tire. Not an uncommon occurrence as the Park Service information on Toroweap states that 25% of the vehicles that make the drive will experience a flat tire…or worse. I think the drive from the highway to the rim was about 2.5 hours, but again we were not trying to break any records and we stopped for a break at the Ranger station as well as a couple of photo ops. After our bumpy ride, finally arriving at the rim was a joy and a relief! I reckon we reached the rim about 11:30. We all piled out of our dust covered caravan and staggered over to the rim for a view of the Colorado River some 3000 feet below us. I was probably the most cautious of the group when it came to heading to the rim….steep drops and edges are just not my thing! But the view, even from several feet from the rim was truly magnificent! I did manage to get fairly close to the edge, as I found a couple vantage points that had sort of a natural barrier or a very wide ledge. It was now lunch time, and we found a nice table under a tree near the rim, so we set up there and added a couple folding tables and several chairs that we had dragged along with us. I pulled one of the folding tables out of the bed of the pickup truck and it was FULL of red dirt from the drive up the to the rim. We also had a couple visitors at lunch as well, a chipmunk or two. No other people...just us and the little chipmunk who came looking for (but didn't get) lunch under the single shade tree. We spent hours gazing out at the river that carved this breathtaking canyon and exploring as much as we could see from the rim. Lava Falls, that class 10 rapid we rafted years ago looked tiny and unthreatening from Toroweap.