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Best trails in Grand Canyon National Park

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Looking for a great trail in Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona? AllTrails has 99 great hiking trails, running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 54 hard trails in Grand Canyon National Park ranging from 2.6 to 72.6 miles and from 2,490 to 8,894 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description
Grand Canyon National Park pretty much speaks for itself; anyone who has been there will know this. For those yet to go, the spectacular views of the Grand Canyon will consistently make your jaw drop, even for seasoned veterans of the park. It is no wonder it is one of the country's most popular National Parks. If you have limited time, you can drive along the rim (most people visit the South Rim, as it is more accessible from many other destinations and has more of the park's highlights) and be sure to stop at Grandview point - the southernmost point on Grand Canyon's south rim. The North Rim is often less crowded and has more solitary hiking trips. If you are feeling the need to get some light exercise, just walk along the Rim Trail as long as you want before turning around or taking a free shuttle bus back to the visitor center or the restaurant overlooking the vast canyon. The best way to appreciate the canyon is from the bottom, usually with a trip to the Bright Angel campground along the South Kaibab Trail and the Bright Angel Rrail. DO NOT attempt a round trip to the bottom and back in 1 day. Temperatures at the bottom can reach 110 degrees in the middle of the day, many people suffer from dehydration and heat stroke due to the dry climate along the steep trail. If attempting this (at least 2-day) hike, start very early in the morning to avoid the heat (do not hike between 10 and 2); By starting very early, you also get the added bonus of seeing the sunrise over the canyon walls, which will bring out some of the reddest rock you have ever seen. With more time to spare, there are several Native American reservations with tourist information, as well as several museums about natural history where you can attend ranger talks about the formation of this immense canyon, the history of its first inhabitants, and how the area is still changing today. Bring hiking boots, ample water, sunscreen, a hat, and check for info on backcountry permits if you plan to camp overnight. The South Rim is open all year, the North Rim is closed for the winter. For seasonal operating hours, see: https://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/hours.htm Entrance Fees Admission to Grand Canyon National Park is for seven days and includes both the North Rim and South Rim. (Current Prices went into effect on June 1, 2018) No refunds are given due to inclement weather. . Grand Canyon National Park Vehicle Permit - $35 (U.S. Dollars) Admits one single, private, non-commercial vehicle and all its passengers, up to a 15 person passenger van. Organized groups are not eligible for the vehicle permit. Grand Canyon National Park Motorcycle Permit - $30 (U.S. Dollars) Admits one single, private, non-commercial motorcycle and its passenger(s). Grand Canyon National Park Individual Permit - $20/person (U.S. Dollars) Admits one individual when entering by foot, bicycle, park shuttle bus, Grand Canyon Railway and private rafting trip. Individuals 15 years old and younger are admitted free of charge.
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Map of trails in Grand Canyon National Park
Park information
Acreage
1217403 acres
Top trails (99)
#1 - Bright Angel Trail to Bright Angel Campground and River Trail
Grand Canyon National Park
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Length: 17.7 mi • Est. 10 h 31 m
Tips: -Majority of the trail is exposed. Wear sunscreen. -Even though water spigots are located at miles 1.5 and 3, It is still recommend to bring your own water. -Trekking poles aren't mandatory, bShow more
#2 - South Kaibab Trail to Cedar Ridge
Grand Canyon National Park
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Length: 3.1 mi • Est. 1 h 2 m
The South Kaibab Trail begins south of Yaki Point on Yaki Point Road. Day hike to the mule hitching post at Cedar Ridge is 3 miles (round trip). Best views for a relatively short hike. Steep trail, noShow more
#3 - South Kaibab Trail to Ooh Aah Point
Grand Canyon National Park
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 1 h 12 m
This "halfway" point to Cedar Ridge is a beautiful hike all in its self. If you want to get away from the crowd at the top of the rim ( it can be as busy as Disneyland) but if you don't want to go on Show more
#4 - Grand Canyon Rim Trail
Grand Canyon National Park
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Length: 5.4 mi • Est. 2 h 25 m
The trail is paved and lined with markers to show you how far you've traveled both in feet and years (an earth-time line if you will). Also has types of rocks formed around the time marked on the traShow more
#5 - Rim-to-Rim: North Kaibab to Grand Canyon Village
Grand Canyon National Park
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Length: 21.6 mi • Est. Multi-day
Four days across the Grand Canyon you will never forget! There is a secret to a Grand Canyon rim-to-rim hike: Take four days to do it, even if you can do it in one. - Spend time at Ribbon Falls? It'Show more
#6 - Three-Mile Resthouse via Bright Angel Trail
Grand Canyon National Park
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Length: 5.4 mi • Est. 3 h 35 m
Three-Mile Resthouse via Bright Angel Trail is a 5.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Grand Canyon, Arizona that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a nShow more
#7 - Plateau Point Trail via Bright Angel Trail
Grand Canyon National Park
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Length: 12.2 mi • Est. 7 h 3 m
Plateau Point Trail via Bright Angel Trail is a 12.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Grand Canyon, Arizona that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primariShow more
#8 - South Kaibab Trail to Skeleton Point
Grand Canyon National Park
hardYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow Star(297)
Length: 5.4 mi • Est. 3 h 31 m
South Kaibab Trail to Skeleton Point is a 5.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Grand Canyon, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail isShow more
#9 - Grand Canyon West Rim Trail
Grand Canyon National Park
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Length: 12.8 mi • Est. 5 h 32 m
A flat walk with stunning views of the canyon. There are several shuttle stops along the way, allowing you to pick and chose the areas you want to explore. Leashed pets are allowed on the trail, but nShow more
#10 - 1.5 Mile Resthouse via Bright Angel Trail
Grand Canyon National Park
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Length: 2.9 mi • Est. 1 h 57 m
1.5 Mile Resthouse via Bright Angel Trail is a 2.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Grand Canyon, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The traiShow more
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