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Grand Canyon Rim: Mules to Mather Point is a 5.3 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 is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 5.3 mi Elevation gain 367 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Wheelchair friendly Kid friendly Stroller friendly Walking Paved Views Wild flowers Wildlife
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The entire Rim Trail stretches from the South Kaibab Trailhead west to Hermit's Rest and is approximately 13 miles long. The trail is mostly 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). There is no water available along the trail but there are areas of shade. Also has types of rocks formed around the time marked on the trail. Very fun for kids and educational too. Mather Point is the closest Grand Canyon overlook to the visitor's center. Dogs are allowed on-leash on the Rim Trail but not on the shuttle busses so plan accordingly. Accessibility: The trail is paved, smooth, typically at least five feet wide, and has a lot of flat stretches but there are some places where the grade is 8% (at about 1.6 and 4.0 miles when heading east) that may not be accessible for wheelchairs or strollers without assistance. The trail may be slippery due to snow in the winter or thunderstorms in the summer so use caution. There are wheelchair-accessible shuttle stops close to the trail and parking lots along the trail to access it at different points.

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 South Entrance Station: Drive 3 miles north to Grand Canyon Village. The visitor center lies in this cluster of buildings.

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Christos Tikelis
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Paved. Easy. Pretty. Flat. Easy parking.

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katherine brown
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Fantastic hike to take with the kiddos. Gorgeous views, super easy “hike”, and a million photo opportunities.

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Joseph Nye
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Mike Blau
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Dawn N
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Spectacular views, so so amenities on the trail. One bathroom open and it was a singular porter potty in the parking lot. Water stations not working or turned off so bring lots of water. No shuttle so plan an out and back to the parking lot. The view makes this trail worth it!

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Jennifer Guthrie
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Nathan User
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Sculptor Boris
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easy walk with spectacular views

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Pierre Aterianus
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Justin Krickovich
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Did this a few years ago. Amazing trail. It was March so the weather was actually pleasant.

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Keith Alva
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More of a walk than a hike, paved rode with beautiful views!

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Joseph Fagnani
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Amazing.

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Tim Mullens
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Christina Cardenas
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Nice, easy hike. It’s a paved walkway with little to no incline. A little amount of shade but if you start early you’ll be good. They also have water refill stations, which came in handy.

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Anna Santiago
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The view is amazing through the entire trail. Every stop, was a different view. Great weather. Lots of wild life. We started at raven parking lot. Highly recommended for a family outing. Lots of bathroom area. Bring water.

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Dawnese Sahota
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Easy walk. Interesting facts and gorgeous views. Spotted several elk along the way.

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Diana Wilkins
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Great trail to see the Grand Canyon on your own. Beautiful scenery that’s unforgettable! Easy trail on concrete walk.

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Jonathan Williams
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Great views and easy hike

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Alexandre Madrid
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Beth Acker
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We started by Mather Point, which was really crowded. Stick with it and the crowds thin out along the way!

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Victor Olakojo
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Easy down, hard up, but worth it!

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Victor Olakojo
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Great!

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Johnny Jeter
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Perfect trail for great views, little to no elevation gain, kids, animals, and anyone not looking for a crazy hike (*cough* my wife *cough*)

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Randy Bergfield
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We hiked from The Village to Mojave Point. 7.4 mi out and back. Mostly paved with slight elevation changes. Last mile or so was unpaved but manageable without hiking shoes. Route offers many excellent and diverse views of the canyon. We started at sunrise and didn’t see anyone else on the trail until we got back close to The Village.

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Thomas Boylan
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Paved path with great views of the canyon. A bit crowded in places but that's to be expected at the Grand Canyon. Make sure to bring water!

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Johnny Jeter
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If you’re visiting the Grand Canyon for the first time, this is the trail for you. Perfect for kids, wheelchair accessible, very little elevation gain, and plenty of lookouts to get great views of the canyon.

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Kennedy Waring
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Did this today and it was a very nicely paved path the entire way. Great views of the canyon!

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Kaylee Vandjelovic
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Great view of the canyon - especially at sunset!!

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Meilin Delgado
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the trail was nice easy how ever the only this is that is very crowded.

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Christopher Green
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Beautiful trail at Sunset highly RECOMMENDED.

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