Rim Trail

EASY 31 reviews

Rim Trail is a 25.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Grand Canyon, AZ that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

25.2 miles 1486 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

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nature trips

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river

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A flat walk with stunning views of the canyon. Up to 12 miles, mostly paved. For great views of the Grand Canyon along a flat path, this is the hike for you. It offers a great introduction to the Grand Canyon, and there are several shuttle stops along the way, allowing you to pick and chose the areas you want to explore. From many of the overlooks, you will have unrestricted views to the other side of the canyon, and sometimes as far as 40 miles along the canyon. If you are looking for a place to stop to watch the sunset, try Hopi point (although if it is too crowded, try nearby Mohave Point). The Canyon is best seen during the golden hours (the hour after sunrise and before sunset), when the light is low and the canyon walls turn into amazing shades of red and orange. Leashed pets are allowed on the trail, but not on the shuttle busses so plan accordingly. There are some paved areas of the trail, which are accessible.

hiking
11 days ago

this trail was great and very well maintained. beautiful views, though in places got a bit too narrow, making it hard for another person to pass by.

there are many tourists on this trail, many of which that do not know who has the right of way, so that may slow you down a bit.

1 month ago

easy with good picture spots.

walking
1 month ago

Great trail, relaxing

walking
2 months ago

This trail was great! It was an easing trail to walk and navigate. There were plenty of signs along the way, making it easy to stay on the trail. We chose to do this trail on our first day because it gave us a chance to really understand the layout and location of other trails.

The trail was mostly paved with parts that were more "natural". The parts of the trail closer to lookout points were more heavily trafficked, but as you went away from the lookout points it became less so.

I used my gps watch along the route to help us keep track of distance and time. Overall it took us about 6 1/2 hours to walk approximately 15 miles. We stopped and took a lot of photos on the way and sat on benches to enjoy the scenic views. The length of the trail really just depends on where you start. We took a bus shuttle back from Hermits point (where the Rim Trail ends and the Hermit Trail begins).

As for gear wearing normal sneakers is definitely fine for this trail. Having water is a must as it was warm. (July). There are a few water refills along the route.

Overall great trail! ⛰

hiking
3 months ago

Easy, nice trail for all ages. Some exposure as you get further out but that is true of all Grand Canyon trails. The beginning and end of the trail are paved but the majority is unpaved. There are bus stops all along the way so you can start and end at many locations. The shuttle back to the visitor center is free. Views of the canyon are awesome. Views of the river get better the further out you go. Ends at a building with a snack bar and gift shop.

nature trips
3 months ago

Every step you take is a different view of the Grand Canyon. I had to force myself to stop taking photos & just embrace the views. Very easy paved trail, several places to stop and enjoy a picnic.

walking
3 months ago

Walked a couple miles of it for the views. West from the Visitor Center to Angel Landing trailhead.

hiking
3 months ago

Took shuttle to Hermits Rest and walked back bus stop. Next day went to shuttle stop at east end. Go early since its full of tourist later in day. Go early enough and not many at all.

hiking
4 months ago

walking
6 months ago

Beautiful view of the Grand Canyon as you walk along paved trails. Very tourist filled and not always easy to enjoy the moment.

hiking
6 months ago

Great for seeing the canyon. Heavily used due to its easy access. You'll be dodging people the whole time. For a quieter walk continue to hermits rest along the trail.

hiking
10 months ago

Great trail giving spectacular views! Very little incline and well-paved for the majority of the trail, with the exception being the west side of the rim. We parked in the Visitor's Center lot, hiked about 9 miles 'til Hermit's Rest and caught the bus back. If you got there early enough, you could probably do the full 18 in a single day without a problem. The west side of the trail was my favorite, as it was less busy and we saw three elk!

11 months ago

You wanna feel like a spec if dust in this world, go see the Grand Canyon. I visited the South Rim and walked to Yavapai Point. Pretty breathtaking. Was in a hurry tho, so didn't do any of the trails.

11 months ago

Had a great hike. Very easy. Lots of great place for pictures. We hiked from the Village to Hermits Rest and then took the bus back to the Village.

walking
1 year ago

I walked a few sections of this trail and it was all very easy. Nice wide path with great views of the Canyon throughout. Visitors can bike along it too.

hiking
1 year ago

Easy walk along the rim. Parts near main village are handicap accessible and have interpretive markers for geology.

hiking
1 year ago

Very easy walk along the rim of the canyon. Can do half a mile or 10 miles and catch a bus back from several points.

hiking
1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago

I took this trail from the Visitor's Center to get to Bright Angel Trailhead (~2.5 miles one-way). Very nice views, but extremely crowded during the afternoon. When I started (around 9 A.M.) there were periods on the way over to Bright Angel that I had the trail to myself, but on the way back (around 1 P.M.) it was packed pretty much the entire length of the trail.

hiking
2 years ago