The majority of visitors access the Grand Canyon from the South Rim and a smaller percentage visit the North Rim. With elevations that reach nearly 9,000 feet, the North Rim has some of the most spectacular views in the world.
There are three main access viewpoints; Bright Angel Point, Point Imperial, and Cape Royal. Upon arrival at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon visitors should allot approximately half a day to take in Point Imperial and Cape Royal. This time-frame includes driving, scenic pullouts, and short hikes.
Bright Angel Point
Bright Angel Point is at the southern end of the main entrance road. It is a half mile round-trip trail that is paved and offers dramatic views of the canyon.
At 8,803 feet, Point Imperial is the highest point at the North Rim. This point offers expansive views of the east end of the canyon.
This is one of the most ideal locations for incredible views of sunset and sunrise and provides stunning panoramic views of the whole canyon.
Travelers with four-wheel drive that are interested in having a more remote experience could enjoy the rugged two-hour drive to Point Sublime. This area is one of the most westerly view points of this section of the North Rim. It is important to be prepared with a full tank of gas and knowing road conditions.