Park activities include camping, horseback riding, hiking, nature study, bird watching, mountain biking, and scenic drives. While in the park, stop by and enjoy our Visitor Center located on the Canyon Rim. This rustic native stone building was constructed by the CCC in 1934 and houses a Museum and Museum Store. The store is located in the Visitor Center and features books, potter, jewelry, and educational items pertaining to the Canyon.
Did this on our second day of hiking. It was a little harder than the lighthouse trail due to the inclines during the hike. The trail ends at the top of the rim but take a left and you will be on a trail that runs along the rim and has some great views. The trail is unique as it is the one of two that go from the floor to the rim.
Pretty easy hike with lots of traffic if you are there on a weekend. Nothing too spectacular until you get to the end of the trail and have to do some real scrambling to get to the Lighthouse! Worth the long walk to see this and get to the top and have the view! Don't underestimate this trail though.....you'll need ample water.
Did this trail on 9/4/16 on a cloudy day. A little bit of an incline almost all the way up and a few sections are quite steep. Watch out for those snakes, though! Saw a grand daddy rattler about 5' long at the top of this trail.........My favorite trail in the park!
Great views and it's a doable add on to the Rock Garden Trail which is the only way to access it. There are no trail signs along the rim and many meandering small Spurs. It's hard to know which is the actual trail, but I would definitely do it again.
A well traveled path should not deter one's visit to The Lighthouse Trail, as the end result is well worth this near dirt road that is certainly traveled by many. An easy hike until the last .02 of a mile ... trail goes from easy to difficult at the end. Views are well worth this 3 mile trek.
I have done this hike many times in all seasons. The hike itself is easy (even ground, lots of benches to rest) - just remember to bring plenty (!) of water, since it there is no shade, and temperatures in the Canyon are rather high. The "official" trail ends rather disappointing on a bench from which you cannot even see the lighthouse. To get to the lighthouse, you have to climb the canyon ridge at that spot - you need good shoes, since the sand and rock underground keeps sliding underneath. This last bit is not easy. However, it is well worth the effort, since from the top, you can see both the lighthouse rock formation (and get there easily) as well as the canyon underneath you - beautiful! If you are afraid of heights, have someone with you for both the ascend and descend of the wall as well as the lighthouse itself.