Looking for a great trail in Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona? AllTrails has 99 great hiking trails, trail 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 2,568 to 8,891 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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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.

easy hike with spectacular 360° view on a ridge jutting off canyon rim.

fabulous views

nice easy hike with great view ♡

beautiful hike ♡ the views of the canyon were lovely. nice places to stop and take pics

amazing!!! beautiful hike! harder on way up for sure. be prepared for weather, rain or shine be sure to have plenty of water and snacks. we got snowed on, on our way up. inside the canyon was warmer than on rim. some of the water stops were shut off

Had a great time hiking South Kaibab and Bright Angel with my husband and 6 kids ages 7, 10, 11, 13, 13 and 15. We were lucky day one hiking down S. Kaibab because it was cloudy and cooler. We stayed the first night at Bright Angel Campground. Second night at Indian Garden Campground. Started the hike out at 7am and finished at 10am just ahead of the rain!

We are two m 11.05. started at about 6:45 clock. As it rained the evening before, the sandy paths were not dusty at all. Although rain was announced for the day from noon, this happily stayed out. At the beginning of the tour it was still quite cool, so it started in long pants and jacket. But it was quickly warm, so gradually one part could be pulled out. After 3 hours we arrived at the bottom. After a break of 30 minutes (eating, filling up the water, changing clothes (shorts, shirt)) we continued / back up. It took us 4 hours to get to the Bright Angel Trailhead and after a short break we hanged the way back to the Visitor Center via the Rim Trail. It was a great experience, great trail with great views! Is definitely recommended! It certainly makes sense to start early, as well as the right clothing / shoes and enough to drink. Above all, you should not underestimate the warmth down there and the exhausting way.

Went in mid May and was the first one out. I was nervous about conditions since this was my first time to the Grand Canyon and it had rained/snowed the day before. There was light snow covering across the rim, but the trail itself turned out to be fine. The iciest spot was right at the trailhead, and it wasn't really slippery. I took the first hiker express shuttle at 5am and was the only one on it. Had the trail all to myself and enjoyed the viewpoint alone for 10-15 minutes before someone else showed up. Best view I've ever seen, but the sun was really cooperating with me on that one.

Really fantastic! So rewarding to see the canyon from this perspective and the cool Creek in Indian Garden is a welcome relief for rest before you head back up, up up. Hard and potentially crowded on the first 1.5 - think tourist in tennis shoes who don’t all get that you should yield the right of way to weary hikers trying to keep momentum on the way back up. We hiked in May 8am start. My first down then up hike- different for sure! Trekking poles really helped. Weather was cool. Packed lots of water- more than I thought I would need. Excellent rest houses at 1.5 and 3.0 mile marks and of course good facilities at 4.5 mile point at Indian Garden. Use the rest houses to assess how you are doing on way down in case you need to lessen your plan. We walked around IG a bit for lunch so our mileage was longer than stated. On the way up, it was warmer and we strategically stopped every .5 miles for a small rest and drinking. All in finished up around 3:20 pm. Burnt calves for 2 days following. Would do it again for the beauty.

I've had the pleasure of doing this walk multiple times. It's very easy, well marked and maintained. Just don't be naive and get up close to the rim with your selfie stick, many people have died at the Grand Canyon. There are multiple signs informing you of certain things, whether it's geology, human history, wildlife or flowers!

on Tiyo Point Trail

hiking
blowdown
off trail
3 days ago

Follows old, two track forest service road. Road has been closed 20-30 years. Faint in some places with sections of blowdowns. Dense, new quaking aspen groves on trail. Used trail as exit from Steck’s Phantom/Crystal Route from Shiva Saddle.

We had fairly unusual weather. The north rim got about 4-5 inches of snow the night before and into the early morning with temperatures in the high 20s. A group of (I suspect grossly ill prepared) older folks tried to use the trail the day before us and ended up with 4 cases of hypothermia and a broken leg so NPS closed the North Kaibab trail on us. Being basically stranded on the North Rim, we and several other small groups decided to walk down to the trailhead and give it a go anyway. The trail was just fine. Snow covered and wet to be sure but not icy past the steps down from the parking lot to the trailhead. Kicked ourselves for debating over what to do for an hour. About 2 miles in there wasn’t any snow and it actually turned into a fairly nice, if cool, day. The Ribbon Falls bridge is definitely out of commission for a while. I don’t know what happened but it’s definitely unusable. (See photos attached) The distance on this hike is much closer to the 21+ miles instead of the 19.3 shown on AllTrails. The last place to get water before you head up South Kaibab is at Boat Beach just before you cross the Colorado. Most people we talked to a heard were carrying 2-3 liters. We had temperatures from 62° at the river to 43° at the south rim so I got by on less than my 40oz bottle. South Kaibab has about 3/4 mile total where the trail is almost level and about 10 meters of downhill. Everything else is uphill and switchbacks.

amazing hike. very well maintained trail. make sure to take two days to do this hike. spend first night at Indian gardens. tough workout but you'll never forget. bring sunblock. you can fill water at Indian gardens.

I did this hike yesterday, May 18. It took my just under 12 hours to complete it. The hike was closer to 24 miles. The consensus of the group I traveled with indicated that we climbed 380 flights and walked around 60,000 steps. The weather was perfect. Roaring Springs is awe inspiring! The hike across the Colorado River via Silver Bridge is thrilling! And the excitement when you finally reach the Bright Angel trailhead can’t be described! I look forward to doing this again soon!

My husband and I hiked South Kaibab trail to Skeleton Point on 5/16/19. We took the shuttle bus to the trailhead from the GC Visitor Center. Started our hike around 8am. The weather was maybe 65 degrees at the start and was breezy and shady for the first leg of the hike. We reached Ooh Aah Point in no time and kept on hiking towards Cedar Ridge. We chatted briefly with an awesome volunteer there, used the bathroom facilities and continued on our way to Skeleton Point. We were at SP by 10am, and we took our time getting there. We relaxed there for 30 minutes and enjoyed the amazing views, including a peek at the Colorado River below. Then we began the 3 mile hike back up, which took us 2.5 hours to reach the top. We took very brief rests on the way up, only really stopping for water/Gatorade breaks/light snacks. Based on what we read from others we expected this hike to be more difficult than the Bright Angel trail was to Indian Garden (which we hiked 4 days earlier). In our opinion the SK trail was not as difficult. Granted, it was in total for us 3 miles shorter, but we found it to be less challenging altogether. Also, we had time to acclimate to the altitude prior to this hike. We carried a bottle of Gatorade, 2 liter hydration pack of H2O, as well as 23 oz of additional H2O on this hike and it was too much. But knowing there are no water filling stations along the SK trail, we didn’t want to take any chances. We are your everyday, outdoors people. We are active but are only recreational hikers. We are in our 40s-50s and this trip was our first to the GC. We are already looking forward to a return trip!

The most physically challenging hike I have ever done but so worth it. Amazing views around every next turn. We did South to North and it took just over 13 hours. It was a full moon so that helped at the end. If you’re prepared and know that it’s a lot of rugged terrain, you’ll enjoy it.

A very busy trail! Plan ahead and be prepared. Trekking poles, water and food. there is also no where to answer when mother nature calls. The rangers stayed very busy on assistance calls when we were there, including flying someone out by helicopter.

It was a great walk. Great for kids and dogs. It had an amazing amount of history along the trail which made it very interactive.

Great conditions today! Got started at 12:30pm, didn’t make it all the way to the Mesa because we got hungry but got close and had a great lunch spot. The way back up was very hot and dry, make sure you preserve lots of water for the hike out, there’s hardly any shade and it’s steep. We’re in good hiking shape and would rate this as moderately hard. Overall awesome hike, very few people once you get below the rim. Ended at 5:30pm.

hiking
muddy
rocky
5 days ago

We were told this would be a great, easy trail with great views. However, it was basically a mule trail and between the rocks, mud and mule poo, there is nothing to see or enjoy except a sad looking, dead tree or fallen tree forest. To get to the loop, it is a continuous, winding up and down path with the above mentioned objects...! There are only two views; the rest of the supposed rim trail you are just walking through forest. The focal point, overlook view is a disappointment and nothing you couldn’t have seen from the visitor centre and around. The other of the two views is of the canyon wall (so no classic Grand Canyon view) which is very similar to the view behind the visitor center. My wife and I have been to all the national parks in Utah and Arizona and this was the most disappointing trail. We like walking and enjoy hiking; we have never given a negative review of a trail.

Our group of 4 started at 530 and took 8.5 hours to finish. That included a 30 min lunch at Indian gardens. We lucked out and had slight overcast and breezes the entire day. Even so, when the sun peeked through it was low 80s and scorching (even at 9am). The hike was a challenge and tested our mettle but we still had a little fuel left in the tank after reaching the finish line. Poles are a must unless you have knees of steel.

Skeleton point is amazing, you can even see the Colorado river. It is really worth getting there. We did this trail in 3hours at a good pace. The return was much harder of course!

It’s a lot tougher on the way back! Spectacular views well worth the effort.

Great bucket list hike! Hiking down to the river from north rim is easy, but hiking up South Kaibab in the afternoon heat is tough. Make sure to start early and drink lots of water.

Both God and the Devil live in this Canyon.

hiking
muddy
6 days ago

Rocky

Incredible! My husband and I just finished this yesterday. I did have a too close encounter with a rattlesnake that rattled at me before I even saw it! It was fairly windy at the top of south kaibab but never got too hot down in the canyon (which we were anticipating it to be over 100). It started raining just after we finished hiking. It was exhausting mentally and physically but the views that you witness all along the hike were amazing and worth every ounce of energy.

Too busy for my taste but great views

Beautiful view to the canyon. Getting there from the visitor center takes a while (40min), because you need to take blue line and then red line. The hike is more rocky than the bright angel hike, but it's also less crowded. We were slow and it took as 50 min to get to the spring. On the way back we actually went also to Dripping falls (which was also beautiful hike, a bit more exposed, but very small elevation change). the whole hike (Santa Maria spring + Dripping Falls and back) with a lot of rest stops took us 3.5hour. The views are breathtaking. If you want some smaller hike I definitely recommend the Santa Maria Spring!

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