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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 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. With 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). If you are feeling the need to get some exercise, walk along the Rim Trail as long as you want before turning around or taking one of the man free shuttles back to the lodge 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 trail. DO NOT attempt a 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. 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 and ranger talks about the formation of this immense canyon, the history of its first inhabitants, and how the area is still changing today.
One of my all time favorite day hikes. Just finished my 4th time and although it's been 12 years since I've done it last, the beauty is still awe inspiring and the energy of the canyon spiritual. We started by catching the Hikers Express bus that was packed solid. Luckily it is easy to create distance quickly. We started our descent at 6:30am and arrived atop of south rim at 1:00pm. We are in pretty decent shape but I'd recommend people get in their training. The ascent will kick your butt!
Great hike, we did it in one day but would probably break it up into 2 days next time. Really glad we came down the South Kaibab trail as the views were amazing especially at sunrise and there wasn't many others on the trail. Coming back up on Bright Angel was nice but the further up you get there are tons of people and after 15 miles the last thing you want to deal with are crowds. The stream still had water flowing for most of the hike so it helped to dip our hats in the water to stay cool as heat was a real factor. Plenty of water along the trail (your last chance was Indian Garden since others were out of service).
Hiked out on Bright Angel yesterday. Hiked down on South Kaibab two days earlier. Camped at Bright Angel. We hired a guide and had mules carry down the camping gear. Weather was perfect. If you are in average physical condition and break it up into two hikes I really think almost anyone can do this hike with ease. What happens is that people think its a race and don't stop to enjoy the stunning beauty, rest and take photos. Also snacks and water are your friend. We started the hike at 5am from the campground and finished at 3pm and barely broke a sweat. Clearly we were going at a snails pace and made many stops (there was a person who needed a little extra time and patience in the group). I didn't mind it because it gave me time to soak in the views. But from all the reviews I was expecting this overwhelmingly hard hike. Why would anyone rush this trip unless they were trying to do it in one day to avoid packing in camping gear? If you really wanna see this stunning canyon and are concerned about being fit enough i suggest getting a guide, camping at the bottom, have the mules carry the gear, relax and ENJOY! It's really not that expensive.
Favorite hike at the Grand Canyon of all time. Quick way in, but don't let the breezy way down fool you. The hike up has a steep elevation gain, which is manageable, but tricky if you are not in shape. Bring a lot of water, regardless of how short the mileage may seem, the canyon temps catch up faster than you think. I always bring a liter of water plus a water bottle or two. Best views, and honestly probably my favorite hike anywhere.
Stunning trail. The colorado river is just a beautiful source of energy.
Easy hike on paved path, between Bright Angel Trailhead and East of visitor center. As a hike, there is little challenge, but the views alone make this a 4-star hike. Amazing! Not only is the hike extremely accesible, but there are May stops along the way, many with access to the trolley that moves people around the park, and some with limited food and drink options. Glad that this 12+ mile end-to-end trail can be taken in almost any sub-length, as it allows people to enjoy the views from the South Rim regardless their ability, their energy level, or the time that they have. Not to be missed.
For those wanting a little less crowds and more unlaced trail, but still wanting access to the trolleys, try the West Rim Trail that lies West of Bright Angel Trailhead. We only went to the Mohave stop and hiked back to Powell, but it was spectacular viewing of the Grand Canyon with far fewer hikers. You will want to hold hands of little ones as there are no guard rails and some narrow sections quite close to the edge of the cliff. Still, with focus and a firm handhold, it can be enjoyable for children and parents alike.