Grand Canyon Rim Trail is a 12.7 mile heavily trafficked point-to-point trail located near Grand Canyon, Arizona that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

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Grand Canyon National Park charges a fee to enter. Fees are $35 per vehicle or $30 per motorcycle. If you are entering on foot or bike the fee is $20 per person. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $70. This trail is the entire Rim Trail, stretching from the South Kaibab Trailhead west to Hermit's Rest, 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. The section between Monument Creek Vista and Hermit's Rest is also called the Hermit Road Greenway Trail. A mostly flat walk with stunning views of the canyon. There are several shuttle stops along the way, allowing you to pick and chose the areas you want to explore. Leashed pets are allowed on the trail, but not on the shuttle busses so plan accordingly. From many of the overlooks, you will have unrestricted views to the other side of the canyon, and sometimes as far as 40 miles along the canyon. If you are looking for a place to stop to watch the sunset, try Hopi point (although if it is too crowded, try nearby Mohave Point). The Canyon is best seen during the golden hours (the hour after sunrise and before sunset), when the light is low and the canyon walls turn into amazing shades of red and orange. Accessibility: The trail is mostly paved, typically at least four feet wide, and has a lot of flat stretches (estimated average grade 2%) but there are some moderately steep places where the grade is between 8% and 12% that may not be accessible for wheelchairs/mobility equipment or strollers without assistance. The steep sections have been marked with waypoints on the map. Between Powell Point and Monument Creek Vista the trail is a three-foot wide dirt trail. 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 such as Powell Point and Hermit's Rest, and parking lots along the trail to access it at different points. Please note, these two shuttles run between March 1 and November 30.

Arizona Office of Tourism, 2702 N. 3rd St., Suite 4015 , Phoenix, AZ, 85004, Phone: 888-520-3434, Fax: 602-240-5432, mfioritt@pni.com

Bring water and good walking shoes, and don't forget your camera. Take the free NPS shuttle to one of the stops along the trail.

Directions from South Entrance Station: Follow South Entrance Road northward to a junction with East Rim Drive. Bear left at this junction and drive .5 miles to Mather Point.

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Angela Busscher
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Amazing!!!!

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Mikala Maiers
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Beautiful views! Pro tip, if you go past the bright angel trail on hermit road you can drive to all the overlooks as long as it’s before 9 am. You can just pull over and look at them all. Otherwise it’s a beautiful trail to walk too!

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Maria Rodriguez
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Beautiful trail! Its fully paved, and I got to take my puppers on a leash which is always a plus. I also think it is wheelchair friendly. We also saw some giant elk as well which was unexpected. We went a few days before christmas though and it was jam packed- not everyone was wearing masks. Either try to go really early or wait after the holidays. If you want to ask any questions or want to follow my adventures, @marilaurar

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Nathan & Ashley Dame
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So incredibly amazing! We loved the breathtaking views. We did winter and loved the snowy canyon.

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Hillary Avila
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After hiking into the canyon we walked the rim for a bit saw the west side of the canyon up top.

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Chockalingam Senthilnathan
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Did parts of the trail, tremendous views. The changing colours at sunset are spectacular.

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Kim Ort
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Easy paved trail, a little icy from a recent snow.

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Tammy Osburn
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Lo-Ren Ann
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This trail is the entire Rim Trail, stretching from the South Kaibab Trailhead west to Hermit's Rest, approximately 13 miles long. A mostly flat walk with stunning views of the canyon. There are several shuttle stops along the way, allowing you to pick and chose the areas you want to explore. Leashed pets are allowed on the trail. My husband and I went for about 3 mi. Nice relaxing walk.

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Jo S
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Nice views of the canyon, but if you want to feel the depth, recommend South Kaibab trail ... as much as you can do.

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Saira Serrato
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Great for beginners or first timers! Got to see some great views. There were some areas where it was very crowded, but we did arrive at 10.30.

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Erin Sumpthing
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Less of a hike, more of a paved trail. Super beautiful though! Views are incredible and there are lots of great view points to peek out into. Get crowded by the village and visitor center, but otherwise it’s quiet, even on a Saturday!

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Colleen Willis
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The trail can't be done in full as a point to point trail because the shuttle isn't servicing the entire trail right now. I walked from Mather's Point all the way to Hermit's rest, and took the shuttle back to Maricopa Point, which was the furthest east I could take the shuttle back. Walking back to Mather's Point added another three miles of walking. That said, it's a really easy trail to walk, and quickly too, even while being able to stop to look at the views and read plaques. The trail was really trafficked at Hermit's Rest and around the areas with shops and visitor centers, but otherwise I was alone almost the whole time.

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Nadine Bennett
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Elizabeth Chi
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Walked it today and was lovely. Certain parts was busy with people but for the most part lovely. Very nice option if you don’t want to do the trails. Views are just spectacular

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Jerel Kolling
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Ella G
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HikingGreat!

Walked part of the south rim, it was absolutely unreal. Very hot in October, bring water and snacks.

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Matthew McHugh
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Kayla Brown
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October 11, 2020. Ran 7 miles on the Rim Trail. Cool views and I saw desert bighorn sheep, including several lambs.

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George Abdo
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Annie Chen
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HikingGreat!

Beautiful trail to walk and enjoy Grand Canyon views. We were here 9/12-9/14/2020, good weather, cold at night. It’s done right, will be back to enjoy the park for a longer time frame, a week in the park would be pleasant :)

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Mia White
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Beautiful hike to just meander all day. Stayed for the sunset.

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Derek Gomez
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Katelyn Costa
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Awesome, accessible way to see the Grand Canyon. Many people walking and would go back to bike it. Water available on the trail, some areas with shade and seating.

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Lance Van Arsdell
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Backpacking

I wanted to go up hogback so actually went up the ski hills to the top of Couloir Express, up through the trees then down by the ridge to again get up to Hogback Mtn. where the view was incredible! I skated/scooted down the gravel to eventually get to the visible PCT which I took back to tge ski run then down to the car.

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