Moran Point is due south of Cape Royal on the North Rim and one of the most visited points on the East Rim drive, offering far-reaching views. Reach Moran Point by a short spur road named after Thomas Moran, the landscape painter. He arrived here in 1873 and helped popularize the canyon, leading eventually to its incorporation as a national monument in 1908 (and a national park in 1919). If you're looking for quintessential views of the Canyon with awe-inspiring majesty made from millennia of geological changes, this is the place. You'll get the vastness and unending horizon, a view of the Colorado River, rapids, and a look into the dizzying drop below. Moran Point is along the way to Desert Viewpoint. It has ample parking during the winter months.