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Best Trails in Grand Canyon National Park

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Grand Canyon National Park pretty much speaks for itself; anyone who has been there will know this. For those yet to go, the Grand Canyon will consistently make your jaw drop even for seasoned veterans of the park. It is no wonder it is one of the country's most popular National Parks. With limited time, you can drive along the rim (Most people visit the South Rim, as it is more accessible from many other destinations and has more of the park's highlights). If you are feeling the need to get some exercise, walk along the Rim Trail as long as you want before turning around or taking one of the man free shuttles back to the lodge or the restaurant overlooking the vast canyon. The best way to appreciate the canyon is from the bottom, usually with a trip to the Bright Angel campground along the South Kaibab Trail and the Bright Angel trail. DO NOT attempt a trip to the bottom and back in 1 day. Temperatures at the bottom can reach 110 degrees in the middle of the day, many people suffer from dehydration and heat stroke due to the dry climate. If attempting this (at least 2-day) hike, start very early in the morning to avoid the heat (do not hike between 10 and 2); By starting very early, you also get the added bonus of seeing the sunrise over the canyon walls, which will bring out some of the reddest rock you have ever seen. With more time to spare, there are several Native American reservations with tourist information, as well as several museums and ranger talks about the formation of this immense canyon, the history of its first inhabitants, and how the area is still changing today.

on Bright Angel Trail to Thr...
2 days ago

hiking

Great little hike, get out early to avoid lots of foot traffic. Easy on the way down, but can get a little difficult on the way up. Just enjoy the views and keep walking!

on Rim Trail
6 days ago

easy with good picture spots.

on North Kaibab Trail to Roa...
6 days ago

hiking

The trail was beautiful, loved all the scenery, but the smell was almost unbearable. It's also used as a mule trail for people who want to take mule rides into the canyon. It pretty much ruined the trail for me. I spent the majority of the time staring at my feet trying to avoid stepping in knee high piles of mule sh*t. And of course trying to determine if that upcoming puddle is from the recent rain, or from the mules. It's a pretty easy trail going down, but coming up was tough.

on Bright Angel Trail to Thr...
11 days ago

Tons of traffic, but the views were wonderful.

on South Kaibab Trail to Ced...
13 days ago

hiking

Beautiful views and pretty well kept trail. It's tough on the way up. Wear tennis shoes and bring LOTS of water

on South Kaibab to Phantom R...
15 days ago

hiking

Epic!!! One of our most memorable hikes. The views were incredible... Geologic formations and colors, color changes and shadows from the sun and clouds, streams and rivers, wildlife....we were amazed thinking about the forces through time that created such beauty. The trails are well maintained. The employees at Phantom Ranch were helpful and friendly. Water and shade at Phantom Ranch and on the Bright Angel Trail were critical given the heat and sun.

Here are a few things that hopefully help you as you prepare. First, be prepared physically and with your provisions. We saw people who were struggling and weren't enjoying the hike....we don't know how far they were able to go.....but we saw many more who were well prepared and enjoying their time in the Grand Canyon. Ensure you have plenty of water and food. We had water in our hydration backpacks and bottles of electrolytes (we used a powder mix so we could refill at the water stations) in the bottle holders of our packs. We also packed turkey sandwiches, trail mix and energy/protein bars. We packed more than we used, but we were well hydrated and nourished. We also packed a second pair of socks and a light weight long sleeve shirt to block the sun on the hike up. And, plenty of sunscreen. We parked near the Bright Angel Trailhead and took the 6am express shuttle to the South Kaibab Trailhead. We were hiking by about 6:30am. There were many places to stop and take pictures, and enjoy the views. We took advantage of the many scenic viewpoints. We arrived at Phantom Ranch at about 10am and spent an hour eating, drinking water and our electrolyte mix, and then sitting in the creek next to the Bright Angel campground. We soaked our shirts and hats in the creek, put on fresh socks (lower odds of blisters) and then started hiking up Bright Angel. Every creek we crossed we soaked our hats...very refreshing given the hot sun. We stopped at the first two water stops and refilled our water, ate and soaked our heads, hats and shirts. The last water stop was a quick stop to soak our hats and then hike the last ~1.5 miles to the top. Getting to the top and looking down into the canyon was beautiful, and an amazing experience. Be prepared and enjoy!

on Viewpoint at Point Imperi...
16 days ago

walking

Easy walk for a good view

on Bridle Trail
16 days ago

hiking

A good one to stretch your legs and bird watching

on Bright Angel Point Trail
16 days ago

hiking

Great view, easy walk

on Roosevelt Point Trail
16 days ago

hiking

Great view, short hike

on Desert View Visitor Cente...
16 days ago

Nice overlook, 1st major one coming in from the east, worth the stop if you just got into the park, probably could skip if you came in the South entrance, although seeing the East wall of the canyon is best viewed from here

on Grandview Point to Horses...
16 days ago

Only went down 2.5 miles or so, but still a highly enjoyable trail, very quiet, saw "maybe" 2 other groups of hikers, way more enjoyable that Bright Angel, Also has some pretty good drop offs which we found exciting, would do again!

on South Rim Visitor Center ...
16 days ago

Everyone needs to do at least this once in their lifetime, as easy as you want to make it, walk for as far as your legs can take, worst thing is finding a place to park