The guy in the bottom photo is an active duty Marine. He said he is Airborne and when he first walked up to the edge of the canyon rim (in a nearby section without railing), even he got a bit woozy. I didn’t feel so bad after hearing him say that! He said he planned on finding a way to free climb down to the canyon floor the following day. No ropes, no parachute. No sense! Wow! The drop-off here was over 2,000 feet straight down. Unbelievable. 20 to 30 mph wind was constant up the side of the canyon.
I struggled with my fear of heights to get too close to the edge. I did get right up to the railing but never got closer than about 3 to 10 feet from any edge that didn’t have a railing (most edges didn’t have any railing). I found it really hard to drive the rim road…it was flat out scary with no shoulder and nothing but cliff at road’s edge in places. Colorado State Highway 92 should not be driven if you have trouble with heights. I wondered if I’d ever make it out of there!