Interesting historical fact
"The view from Point Sublime, 16.5 M (7464 Alt.), includes, from east to west, more than 150 miles, and was described in 1881 by Captain Clarence E. Dutton, noted geologist, as, "by far the most sublime of all earthly spectacles."
- Quoted from Arizona A State Guide in the 1949 edition on page 489
Point Sublime is breathtaking in its beauty. With a 4 wheel drive you can literally drive right onto the point and enjoy the beauty. This is the western-most of the North Rim viewpoints.
Be sure to check on road conditions and possible closures before heading out.
The drive is 18 miles on a maintained road however there are parts of the road that are fairly rugged. The drive is through a forest of Aspen and Ponderosa Pines so there aren't any vistas or lookout points. However, it is a beautiful drive. The road eventually ends up in a clearing.
From the Widforss Point Trailhead parking lot, travel west on the dirt road for .3 miles to a "Y" intersection and turn left to the Point Sublime primitive road. At the clearing mentioned above, there is a road that branches to the left or right. Take the right. Continue through the long clearing which ends and the remainder of the trip will be in the forest.
At 10.7 miles there is a pullout on the right which affords a nice viewpoint into Crystal Canyon. Far below notice the many "temples" rising from the canyon floor. To the south offers a chance to walk out on a limestone table perched far above the canyon below.
At 11.3 miles another intersection is encountered; a right at this junction goes to Firepit Swamp Point and a left turn continues to Point Sublime.
Just .5 miles after the junction another pull-out, on the left, offers some more picture-taking opportunities.
The next 6 miles of travel is done on a better surface and becomes part of the peninsula that Point Sublime is connected to.Soon the pines and firs give way to pinons, juniper and desert cactus as the road leads to what now becomes the obvious Point Sublime table top plateau. The road will continue for nearly .5 mile and end at the southern-most tip of Point Sublime. There are picnic tables near the end. However the immediate 270 degree view will mesmerize; eating and resting will become secondary. There is even a small slice of the Colorado River visible to the south. This tabletop point is ideal for picnicking and even camping with the proper permit.