Cape Royal Trail is a 0.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near North Rim, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Cape Royal is a long peninsula extending from the North Rim out over the Grand Canyon. It offers a phenomenal view, perhaps the most sweeping view of any Grand Canyon vista. Take the short stroll to the end of the cape and to the promontory on the window. It's an easy walk less than a mile RT on a flat, paved trail providing views of the canyon, Angels Window, and the Colorado River. Markers along the trail interpret the area's natural history. Trail begins at the southeast side of the Cape Royal parking area. With seemingly unlimited vistas to the east and west, it is popular for both sunrise and sunset. The sweeping turn of the Colorado River at the Unkar Delta is framed through the natural arch of Angels Window. Look for the Desert View Watchtower across the canyon on the South Rim. Angels Window can be viewed from Angels Window Overlook at the Cliff Springs Trailhead. The trailhead parking area is at the end of the paved Cape Royal Road, which circles northeast and then south from the main road leading to North Rim VC and lodge.
Short, easy and level hike to 2 viewpoints with wonderful views
One of those short hikes that is well worth the time. I have hiked it about half a dozen times, several times with my grandchildren. Even my wife likes it and she doesn't hike.
It was a spectacular day on the North Rim, and the scenery was awesome. After a long drive to the trailhead parking area, the trail was extremely flat and short, but the views along the way gave us reasons to take our time and ponder the vastness and beauty of the Grand Canyon. Also make sure you take in the view of the window from the rim as you don't realize the window is right below you when you walk out onto the promontory. Highly recommend this just for the views (also great for picnics).