Hiking in Grand Canyon National Park is an amazing experience that will leave you with memories for a lifetime. There are over 800 miles of maintained trails in the park, ranging from easy day hikes to long-distance backpacking trips. The most popular routes include the Bright Angel Trail, South Kaibab Trail, and Hermit's Rest Loop.
Experience the natural beauty and awe-inspiring size of the canyon on this maintained trail from the North Rim. Whether you choose a short hike to Coconino Overlook or Supai Tunnel or take on the intense challenge of a full-day hike to Roaring Springs, every step will leave you in awe. Just remember to start your hike early and never venture beyond Roaring Springs during the hottest parts of the day to avoid heat-related hazards. Plus, keep an eye out for the trail's friendly mules along the way.
Bridle Trail is a great option for hikers looking to explore the North Rim, without taking on too strenuous of a hike. This 1.2-mile one-way trek takes you along the rim of the canyon, offering gorgeous views and peaceful surroundings. It’s also an excellent trail for spotting wildlife such as bighorn sheep and deer.
Uncle Jim Trail
Take a thrilling outdoor adventure on the 5.0 mi. / 8.0 km round-trip trail, with an estimated 3 hours of hiking time. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the forest as you make your way to a breathtaking viewpoint overlooking the canyon and the North Kaibab Trail switchbacks. The adventure begins at the convenient North Kaibab Trail parking lot, which is also frequented by mules.
Point Imperial Trail
Discover the enchanting Outlet Fire trail, a leisurely 4.0 mi / 6.4 km round-trip adventure that you can conquer in just 2 hours! Immerse yourself in the captivating beauty of the 2000 Outlet Fire burn zone, as you meander along this scenic path. Marvel at the stunning vistas as you venture towards the northern park boundary. Exciting connections to the Nankoweap Trail and U.S. Forest Service roads await you from there. Lace up your hiking boots and embark on this easy yet captivating journey!
South Rim Hikes
Bright Angel Trail
The Bright Angel Trail is easily the most popular route in Grand Canyon National Park and for good reason. This 12-mile out-and-back trail descends into the canyon, offering breathtaking views of the Colorado River and its surrounding landscape at each bend in the path. It is a challenging hike and should not be taken lightly, but the reward of seeing the beauty of the canyon is worth it.
South Kaibab Trail
Discover the South Kaibab Trail, situated south of Yaki Point on Yaki Point Road. Access this incredible trailhead by hopping on the convenient shuttle bus (Kaibab Trail Route). Embark on exhilarating day hikes, with distances stretching up to 6 miles (round trip). Prepare to be mesmerized by the breathtaking vistas along this relatively short journey. Please note that the trail is steep and lacks water and shade. However, water is available at the trailhead during certain seasons. Take caution during winter or early spring as the upper section of the trail may be treacherously icy.
Experience the beauty of the Grand Canyon on the Rim Trail, an easily accessible route that stretches from the village area to Hermits Rest. Whether you start from a viewpoint in the Village or along Hermit Road, this trail provides stunning views of the inner canyon. The Rim Trail offers a peaceful and serene walking experience, perfect for those seeking a leisurely hike. Remember that no water is available west of Bright Angel Lodge. To make your hike more convenient, utilize the shuttle buses to customize your journey according to your preferences. Part of the trail is paved and wheelchair accessible, ensuring everyone can enjoy this wonderful trail.
Ready for an adventurous hike? The Hermit Trail has two exciting options for you: Santa Maria Spring, a 5-mile round trip, and Dripping Springs, a 7-mile round trip. But be warned, this trail is not for the faint of heart. With tougher conditions than the Bright Angel and South Kaibab Trails, you'll need to proceed with caution. Starting 500 feet west of Hermits Rest, the trail is steep and unmaintained, making it a challenge even for experienced desert hikers. Don't forget to treat the water from the springs before drinking it, and be sure to wear hiking boots for optimum comfort and safety.