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Cape Royal Trail is a 1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Grand Canyon, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

Length 1.0 mi Elevation gain 65 ft Route type Out & Back
Wheelchair friendly Kid friendly Stroller friendly Nature trips Walking Forest Paved Views Wild flowers Wildlife No dogs
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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 on a flat, paved trail providing views of the canyon, Angel's Window, and the Colorado River. Markers along the trail interpret the area's natural history. The 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 Angel's Window. Look for the Desert View Watchtower across the canyon on the South Rim. Angel's 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. Accessibility: There is not a designated handicapped-accessible parking space at the Cape Royal Overlook, although the trail is paved, typically at least five feet wide, and considered wheelchair accessible. Users should be aware of several steep sections, however, where the grade is between 7% and 9% at about 0.2 and 0.5 miles. The rest of the trail has a grade less than 3%. There are wheelchair accessible bathrooms by the parking lot.

The trailhead parking area is at the end of the paved Cape Royal Road. It is a huge parking area and bathrooms and picnic tables are available.

Grand Canyon National Park P.O. Box 129 Grand Canyon, AZ 86023 General Visitor Information: (928) 638-7888 Backcountry Information Center: (928) 638-7875 between 1 pm and 5 pm Monday through Friday, except on federal holidays River Permits Office: (800) 959-9164 or (928) 638-7843 More info: http://www.nps.gov/grca/contacts.htm Arizona Office of Tourism, 2702 N. 3rd St., Suite 4015 , Phoenix, AZ, 85004, Phone: 888-520-3434, Fax: 602-240-5432, mfioritt@pni.com

Directions from North Rim Entrance Station: Drive southward along North Rim Parkway to a junction with the Cape Royal Road. Turn left on to Cape Royal Road and follow it several miles to roads end at Cape Royal. The trail leads southward from roads end. From the North Rim Visitor's Center, drive 3 miles then take a right turn toward Point Imperial and Cape Royal. After 5 miles stay right on Cape Royal Road for another 15 miles to the trailhead parking lot.

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J Rich
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Easy, with huge views

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Ron Creel
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Romy B
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Trung Pham
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Went on 9/6/20 Labor Day weekend with my wife. Moderately crowded, 50% people wearing face masks. Arrived 1 hour early for a sunset experience. So many different lookout points giving stunting views of the Grand Canyon. First went to wedding site area that over looked the canyon, then the main trail to Cape Royal area. Walkway is well paved with info signs of its natural vegetation and wildlife. Angel’s Window is an arch rock formation that can be hiked over to it edge for an outlook view. Then hiked to Cape Royal Point that provided the best 360 deg view of the Grand Canyon. We sat down for a picnic and watched the most spectacular sunset over the top of canyon horizon. Many photographers there capturing that golden-hour.

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Mel Johnson
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Great sunsets here!

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Olivia McGann
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A relatively easy and beautiful hike. Walking on top of the window rock formation was a fun surprise.

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Suzanne Stiller
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Fantastic views... worth the short walk

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Dan Marlin
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Bonkers view!

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Kayla Roberts
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Paved trail, several lookout points on the same trail which was nice. Light traffic but amazing view!

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Bill Chick
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Super easy, great views

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Chris Scotti
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this was a fun, easy, and mostly shaded trail midday.

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Cathlene Hibbard
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Nice, easy hike to an overlook of the canyon. There was some shade and a nice breeze to keep it for getting too hot.

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

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Christi Phillips
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Easy trail with amazing views. Definitely worth the drive.

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Miles Travis
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Very easy trail. The overlook from the top of Angel's Window was one of my favorites in the park.

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Rick Herman
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Really bummed Cape Royal road is closed at the Y junction. Go to point imperial instead.

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Sarah DeFlaviis
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Not really a hike but absolutely worth the views

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Simon Guérard
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NIce picnic area. Don't know if I would call this a hike.

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Simon Guérard
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Nice picnic area. I don't know if I would call this a hike...

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Adam Walker
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Epic overlooks!

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Monica Cooney
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Best panoramic views of the canyon on the north rim that we saw! Easy for the whole family with paved walk paths... worth the drive out there!

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Troop Hamlin
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Loved it!

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Pat Ribotto
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This is a very easy walk out to a few viewpoints on the north rim. The road out to Cape Royal is a long drive from the North Rim Lodge area. But worth it. Although you are not allowed to, we spent the night out there and got up early to see the sunrise from the north rim. I have seen this incredible scene from the south rim a few times, and it is something to see regardless. One of the 7 natural wonders of our world!! Angels window holds a special meaning to me too. That's where I asked my girlfriend to marry me, on the 4th of July as we watched the sunrise from that spot!! I walked out to Angels Window with my girlfriend, and walked back with my fiance! Still together and we still love the outdoors

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Breck Tuttle
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Short, easy and level hike to 2 viewpoints with wonderful views

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Frank Jacks
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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.

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Bill Watson
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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).

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Bucky Smith
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Mike Oswald
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