Explore the most popular Wildlife 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.

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

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.

no shade
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.

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.

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!!

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.

10 days ago

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

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

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!

11 days ago

Nice shade and multiple changes in vegetation. Fairly easy.

Perfect trail for anyone. Did most of it twice in one day. Started early and other than bus driver, I saw no other humans out there for the whole trip. Went back about 8am to get the family. Definitely more people out there after 8 am but still enjoyable. Can hike (more of a walk) entire route, or on/off bus as you please. Restrooms at Hopi Point & Hermit’s Rest stops. Bus drivers are friendly and knowledgeable. Must do in my book!

Unbelievably stunning.!! Arrived later in afternoon & headed down (about 5pm). Only a few people headed back up on our way down. Some shade due to later in the day made super pleasant.! Descends quickly making pretty steep on way back up. Lots of stopping points to rest on way back up if needed. Bring water!

Just did this hike on Saturday, 7/6/2019. Prior to starting our hike multiple park rangers stopped my bf and I to warn us about the heat. They suggest we only go to Cedar Ridge, no further because the temperature goes up as one hikes down. Plus, we started out hike after the suggested time 10 am. Anything after 10 am there’s no shade to protect you from the heat. Well, my bf and I felt comfortable to continue our hike down passing Cedar Ridge about 30-40 min. Going down is not difficult going up is when it gets challenging. I found this hike to be extremely challenging due to the heat. Make sure to start your hike very early between 5 am and 7 am or after 4 pm, bring a lot of water, have breakfast and bring salty snacks. I was lucky enough to come across a park ranger on my way up because I passed out.

personally I didn't get all the way to the "spring", and I'm not sad about that. I needed to get back. so maybe had I planned a nice lunch and longer day I would have. I am not in shape but am tough, did it in 5.25 hours with a 20 min lunch break at the tunnel. I highly recommend getting past the bridge because there is a section you are walking the ridge and it's amazing. there is some up and down after the bridge. i tapped out before the last big drop into the canyon.start early. there are plenty of spots to find a scrap of shade and just pace yourself on the way out. hurry down, take pics on way back up when you need breaks anyway. hiking poles huge plus. too Sandy for chacos. I didn't drink any water on the way down, drank about 2 L on way out... most would probably drink 4.

This trail is no joke. Sooo easy on the way down in shade and what seems like a slight decline. We didn't get started until about 9:30 am and went about a half mile past Cedar Ridge. It was super hot with no shade on the way up. Definitely wish we would have started earlier in the morning. We just took it really slow with lots of "photo" breaks basically every time we came across a bit of shade. We thought we had brought plenty of water, about 3-4 bottles each in our hydration backpacks, but wish we had brought more. The trail was beautiful, very well maintained, lots of other people up and back. No water so bring your own.

First canyon hike I have done so it was quite different going down first and then up. There were a lot of great vantage points for pictures and views. The incline going up is pretty steady so you won’t over exert yourself by going up and down inclinations. The hike has logs and stone crossing it for most of the hike so you won’t slide. Beautiful panoramic view at the end of Cedar Ridge.

This is super super nice trail. We got to the Grand Canyon very late around 5pm. We spent 2 hours in the trail back and forth. It’s easy, short but just lots of height gain when you going back. The end point is amazing, cannot describe. This trail is good for all day I think. From the beginning, you are facing the east but the last half is facing the west! So you got all the look of Grand Canyon. Highly recommended. Bring little water is enough:) I will do it again!

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