Long a favorite of the locals, Pierce Ferry Airport (also known as Meadview Airport) offers great views of the Colorado River and the beginning of the Grand Canyon but doesn’t cost you anything.
The airport is a dirt runway ending at a cliff overlooking the Colorado River as it enters the Grand Canyon. The colors of the Canyon walls at sunset are stunning red, orange and violet and the views of the river are spectacular. Unfortunately, the overlook at the Airport is little known outside of the local residents.
The Airport can be reached via an unmarked dirt road off of Pierce Ferry Road. The turnoff is near mile marker 43 and is noted by a yellow diamond road sign (photo below) followed by a 35 mile per hour speed limit sign (just past the exit). The 10 minute dirt road leading to the Airport can be rough but is passable for most vehicles, just drive slowly.