Explore the most popular Views trails in Grand Canyon National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

In the words of Ron Swanson, "Crying is only acceptable at funerals and the Grand Canyon." This might be the most beautiful place in the whole world. Certainly not a hike, but trails are very well maintained and surprisingly not that crowded once you start getting away from Mather Point. Go any time of the year for different views and be sure to stay for sunset.

hiking
3 days ago

Beautiful scenery, didn’t see a single other person the entire day Route finding is essential as the trail is not very well marked and you can get cliffed out easily. Tons of loose rock the entire trail. It was July 16th,2019 it was 113 degrees at the bottom of the canyon, very little shade at parts and I alone drank over 2 gallons of water and still ran out, be prepared out there Wouldn’t recommend trying to go rim to river to rim all in one day unless you’re in extremely good shape and prepared

Quiet walk about the. Roth Rim topography. Great trail for running or dog walking. Connects the North Rim lodge with Kainab.

Paved hike alongside the canyon, steep grade to observation point but worth the time.

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bugs
3 days ago

This is a great introduction trail to the beauty of the. North Rim. The trail had a lot of ups and downs and spectacular views of the canyon. Lightly trafficked, perfect in the mornings or mid day since the forest offers protection from the sun.

This is probably the easiest trail of the south rim of the canyon because it has a walkable path and water stations at the rest stops. The first rest stop and water toilet is 1.5miles from the top and the next is another 1.5 from the second. Going down is easy, very easy, but coming up is difficult. If you’re not fit, it can take a toll on your health, so please use caution. Make sure you pack plenty of water and salty snacks otherwise you can suffer from an epileptic shock triggered from just drink water. Rest when ever you need to. I cannot emphasise this enough. This trail was fun and the views are amazing. Next time I’ll try to get to the Indian Village, but you have to make a reservations I stay there overnight, so plan for that if it’s something you want to do.

There’s no sign telling you about the area, so you really have to be careful. You can also use Google Maps. It’s about a 10-20mins walk on a comfortable track that brings to a gorgeous clearing where you can see the most amazing subset view. There are a few loose stones when you get to the overlooking area, but that’s to be expected of every hike. Relatively easy for hikers just starting out.

This trail is great! It’s a little off starting from the top and Ascending when coming back. But the views are breathtaking. Bring plenty of water especially during summer.

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rocky
4 days ago

Fantastic hike! First time at the Grand Canyon. Went during the summer when it’s really hot. The earlier the start, the better. Took us 3 hours out and back at a comfortable pace with a long scenic break at Cedar Ridge. Rangers do guided tours in the morning.

The immensity and beauty of the Grand Canyon remains breathtaking at every step from start to finish.

hiking
6 days ago

very easy trail but an amazing view at the end. shaded picnic tables for lunch and an incredible lookout peninsula

I didn’t go to Phantom Ranch on this trip. I just dropped into the water, restroom, and picnic table near the river. Standard Grand Canyon conditions. Trail gaiters help keep the dust and rocks out of your shoe. South Kaibab descent is rocky but manageable. Some of the areas along the river are very sandy. It’s a pretty long stretch to Indian Gardens but after that it’s about 45 minutes to an hour between water stops on the ascent. As always, the Riff-Raff gets heavy above the 3-mile house. Lots of people who don’t know trail right-of-way rules. Other than that, the Bright Angel ascent is moderate to easy if you manage pace and rest breaks accordingly.

on Widforss Trail

hiking
7 days ago

Easy, well groomed trail with plenty of shade and great views. There are also online guides and brochures for some informational stops.

Here some feedback on the day hike of the trail loop South Kaibab (down) - Phantom Ranch junction - Bright Angel (up), yesterday July 11, 2019. Certainly it’s the hottest time of the year, with daily peak temps of 88F at the top and about 106F at the bottom. Took the 5:00 am bus, arriving at the South Kaibab trailhead at 5:10 am. With 64F at 7200feet it was a bit warmer than normal for the early morning. Around 5:30 great sunrise lighting a bit below Ooh Aah point. Passed the Cedar ridge at 5:40 am, Skeleton Point at 5:55 am and the Tip Off hut at 6:25 am. Crossed the first bridge over the Colorado River at 7:00 am and the second bridge at 7:10 am. Temperature at the bottom was pleasant, probably around 75F. Took a 10’min cooling foot bath in the Colorado River at the lovely River Resthouse beach, which was very enjoyable. Reached Indian Gardens at 9:05 am. Until here 70% of the time I was in the shade of cliffs. Until here, drank 1.5 liters of water and 12oz cranberry for a refreshing mix with water. Also ate 2 apricots and 4oz of walnuts. After a 30 min rest at the Garden, slowed my pace down to deal with the temperatures rising to about 90F and now being mostly in the sun. Drank 2 liters of water and ate 2 apples for this last 4.5 mile section of the hike. Reached the top at the Bright Angel lodge at 12:05 noon where it was 87F. Total hiking time was 5h 55min, plus overall 60 min for little stops to take pics & clips, to change shirt, apply sun lotion, toss out gravel dirt from the shoes, to snack and drink. The key is to start the hike early and move fast, then it is an awesome experience. I had a total of 6 liters in the backpack and used 4 liters (enough for a 150 lbs person). After 10:00 am in the deep valley it’ll get close to 100F or more and one shouldn’t be there to suffer that heat. You also got to have the leg stamina to do at least 5000 feet vertical down and up without any (!) problem. Regardless, my legs were somewhat tired at the end because of racing a bit against the heat clock.

Wowza! Started this hike at 8:40 and finished it around 11:30, which is apparently the "average" time it takes to finish this (anywhere between 2-4 hours is typical). Bring PLENTY of water and snacks - we ended up giving some of our snacks to a little girl who was not in good shape, and we passed tons of people who were struggling without water. We stopped at the top of every other switchback and basically every shady spot so I could catch my breath (I'm going to say it was the elevation change for me - I'm usually at sea level, so hiking at 7000 feet is no easy feat!), but we just turned those breaks into photo ops to make it more enjoyable. The views are SPECTACULAR, so you'll probably want to do the same. Going down was fairly easy - my knees and feet started to hurt a bit near the end, which is weird because I never feel the pain going downhill like other people do, but I definitely did on this hike. Maybe bring poles - it does get a bit narrow, steep and slippery at some points, but it's not too bad. Stop at Ooh Aah Point for some photos and keep making your way down to Cedar Ridge. Stop there for snacks, photos and to enjoy the peace of the canyon, then prepare for your hike up! Go early to avoid the heat and bring plenty, plenty, plenty of water - it's a toughie, but it's worth it for the views!!

Super easy, but definitely breathtaking. Also fun to scare tourists!

Took S Kaibab to Bright Angel back up, was definitely a good combination of trails for the round trip. Took about 5 hours up bright angel. Trail took substantially more time to traverse after 3-mile rest house, good amount of shade near the end.

Took S Kaibab to Bright Angel, was definitely a good combination of trails for the round trip. Kaibab trail gets very steep and difficult at the end. Took about 3.5 hours down, 5 hours up.

Nice flat trail that allows you to see a lot around the Grand Canyon lodge

hiking
10 days ago

Nice stroll with amazing views. The best I have seen on the north rim. Great for all fitness levels.

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rocky
10 days ago

Longer than 1.1 out and back. Incredibly Rocky In places. Trail hard to follow in parts. Would definitely not recommend anyone trail running here.

Great views. The hike is pretty non existent. If shorts on it’s not very pleasant due to tall grass and other plants on the narrow trail. Views are worth it.

Go Early. We started at 5am and were able to see the sunrise. Great views on the way down. Hike can be strenuous going up. Definitely assess your fitness level. Glad I did it

hiking
11 days ago

Easy trail with amazing views. Definitely worth the drive.

Great trail for moderate hiking. We took 3 liters of water for two people. I would suggest 4 or 5! The park ranger tried to talk ya out of it and on the way back up I completely understood why! So fun and you feel like super woman when you’re done! Pack electrolytes and go early!

hiking
11 days ago

Nice shade and multiple changes in vegetation. Fairly easy.

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