North Kaibab Trail to Supai Tunnel and Coconino Overlook

MODERATE 19 reviews
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North Kaibab Trail to Supai Tunnel and Coconino Overlook is a 3.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near North Rim, Arizona that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October.

3.7 miles
1397 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running




no dogs

21 days ago

We really enjoyed this trial! 2 adults and 2 kids (age 7 and 9) were able to complete this down, rest for 20 minutes and back up in just under 3 hours. Some parts the dust is a bit hard to walk through and we had to wait for 2 mule groups to pass us as well. Oh yeah, get ready for mule poop :)

This is the only way into the canyon from the north side and it is not as steep as the south side.

Technically for this far down the North Kaibab trail - you are actually not looking at Grand Canyon, but it is still beautiful.


5 months ago

Beautiful hike! Not easy.

8 months ago

North Kaibab is the only North Rim trail that actually goes down into the Grand Canyon, so it was on my “must hike” list. The trail goes all the way down but Supai Tunnel is a good stopping point for a half day hike. There is a restroom and water at the tunnel making it an ideal resting place before beginning the strenuous hike back up.

The views were gorgeous, of course, and i loved watching the birds, chipmunks, and squirrels. There isn’t much shade so bring sunscreen, hats, and water. Also, it is hotter in the canyon than on the plateau. The path is wide and well defined, but not railed. This trail was more heavily trafficked than the others that I visited during my stay. The trail is also used by people taking mule rides down into the canyon, so watch out for mule poop.

So overall: great hike, observable wildlife, very strenuous return hike, beautiful views (but not the best), moderate traffic, and mule poop.

8 months ago

Spectacular scenery, but the trip out is tough. Plan your hike around the temps. You share this trail with the mule/riders too, so they add a little to the hike. We went to the tunnel and turned back. Wife and I are 40's son is 17 and daughter is 12. Pack enough water.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Awesome views, pretty darn steep coming back out. Can't wait to see it again.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Awesome...... Done as part of a much larger hike.

Thursday, September 08, 2016

The way down is great, steep uphill climb on the way back! Ascends about 2,000 feet in elevation.

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Friday, June 09, 2017