We used the cooler morning to walk to the end of the access road to get a better look at the canyon. From the various lookouts along the way we could see green vegetation and blue National Park signs at the informal camping area at the bottom of the cayon. Also along the way we noticed a primitive road running down a nearby valley all the way to the river. It dawned on me that it was this road that the rangers we met last night were telling me not to drive on .. we would later understand why we got that advice.
We spent the rest of the day enjoying the spectacular views, the warm-to-hot weather and also doing our washing. Noone, not even the rangers, seemed to mind the fact that we strung up a clothes line on which to dry the washing.