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Rim Trail

EASY 64 reviews

Rim Trail is a 13.1 mile heavily trafficked point-to-point trail located near Grand Canyon, Arizona that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

13.1 miles 879 feet Point to Point

dogs on leash

kid friendly

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A flat walk with stunning views of the canyon - 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.

walking
4 days ago

Easy, great views, pretty crowded.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy, accessible, very crowded. There are a few places with viewpoints but no rails, be careful not to fall!!

Spectacular views, easy hike

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful views with mainly paved path. Dog friendly as long as you stay on rim trail.

walking
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Yes The South Rim Trail is relatively easy. Most of it is paved. However walking ( not driving, not bussing) the South Rim Trail is by far the best way to make the most of your Grand Canyon experience. Every step and every viewpoint will give you an ever-changing view. It is amazing to see how the light plays off the colorful rocks and crevices. We were staying at Yavapai Lodge which was an excellent place to coordinate the walk. One day we headed east and the next day we headed west. If I remember correctly the trail is no longer paved after Monument Creek Vista and there a couple areas that require a little more exertion. However the trail is well defined and it is packed dirt. Get out and enjoy the views, get away from the crowds between the bus stops and enjoy the grandeur. Wear comfortable layers, sunscreen, sunglasses, and bring lots of water!

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hiking
5 months 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.

6 months ago

easy with good picture spots.

rails trails
6 months ago

walking
6 months ago

Great trail, relaxing

walking
7 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
7 months ago

hiking
7 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
8 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
8 months ago

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