November 5-8 we are planning the Grand Canyon railway trip to celebrate my daughter's 3rd birthday. My 73 yr old Mom will be with us as well. I realize the majority of the posts suggest skipping the train but the main draw of this trip IS the train ride - my daughter love trains. So, the train is happening.
I am looking for advice on how to spend our time in South Rim in between train rides. I know we would like to explore without being dangerous, eat at one of the places overlooking the canyon, see some wildlife and not be rushed.
As you may be aware, the train trip is from Williams, then drops off in South Rim around (11am) We will be staying at Maswik Lodge overnight and then going back to Williams via train the next afternoon (around 3pm)
I would appreciate any help you could give me. I want to have a plan so that we make the most of our time while at South Rim. Thinking exploring using shuttle bus on day we arrive, find a nice spot with a sunset view to end the day and then dinner at Maswik Lodge. The next morning we would like to take a little hike and explore. Was considering reservations for breakfast or lunch at El Tovar.