Rim Trail

EASY 141 reviews

Rim Trail is a 12.8 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.

12.8 miles
557 feet
Point to Point

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running




wild flowers

A flat walk with stunning views of the canyon - mostly paved. For great views of the Grand Canyon along a flat path, this is the hike for you. It offers a great introduction to the Grand Canyon, and there are several shuttle stops along the way, allowing you to pick and chose the areas you want to explore. 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. Leashed pets are allowed on the trail, but not on the shuttle busses so plan accordingly. There are some paved areas of the trail, which are accessible.

1 month ago

Unreal abd surreal. So many just stop at the visitor center lookout and miss so much. Take the short .6 mile hike from the visitor center to the geology museum or take the free buses to each viewpoint if you don't have time. if you have time hike the rim or even venture into the canyon on Bright Angel Trail as far as you are comfortable. this is one place that you are robbing yourself if you don't get out and take the hikes

3 months ago

Pictures do not do it justice

4 months ago

Really stunning, nothing like it. Took the bus to the end and walked the whole length back to the main visitor area. It's paved and easy elevation. Only difficulty is the occasional strong wind gust. Plenty of stopping to ooo and aaaawe.

5 months ago

Absolutely breathtaking! It was my first time to the Grand Canyon and, as much as I loved the rim trail, it made me hungry for more! I wanted to get down in the Canyon and hike so bad! Will definitely be back one day when I have a little more experience under my belt to do just that!

6 months ago

From Village to gem museum

7 months ago

Very crowded wanted more privacy. Next time will go further away from tourists.

7 months ago

Too crowded. Get off the beaten path

7 months ago

Hiked from the village to Hopi point. Great views and moderate climbs

8 months ago

hiked it one-way from the visitor's center to hermits rest (starts to get less crowded after bright angel). hopped on the red shuttle to village route transfer where i caught the blue shuttle back to the visitor's parking lot. lots of opportunities for great photos along the way.

8 months ago

Take the shuttle from the beginning. The shuttle will take you to every viewpoint. Very easy to catch a bus. Parking was very easy. Views are amazing.

8 months ago

Lovely but does get old after a while truth be told. The farther away from the Blue bus trails you get the better time you have.

8 months ago

Beautiful views! Note this is a high traffic area but as you continue to go along the rim you start loosing people and it becomes much more pleasant ... sunset at Hopi Point is breathtaking, you get to see part of the Colorado River - beautiful

8 months ago

beautiful stunning a must see for all. truly breathtaking.

8 months ago

Great views

Of course the views are spectacular. The trail
Is flat for the most part. You can walk as long or as little as you'd like.

9 months ago

Went from Bright Angel trailhead back to the visitors center. Stunning views!

9 months ago

Didn't do the whole thing because, why would one? Walked about a mile of it though. It truly is impressive!

10 months ago

super easy for almost anybody

11 months ago

Best views of the Canyon off the Kaibab and Bright Angel. So many people though. We did see a rainbow over the canyon one evening after dinner though.

Friday, March 03, 2017

Beautiful in snow

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

If you want to hike this trail without the crowds, then visit the Grand Canyon in February during a snow storm and you'll have the entire trail to yourself.

The trail is mostly flat and easy to traverse. There is a wheelchair accessible path, although it doesn't have as many great views. There are water stations to refill water bottles and restrooms along the trail. I believe there are four rest stations total.

There are no safety rails and the trail is often within a foot or two or the rim so be careful with small children.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Easy, great views, pretty crowded.

Monday, January 09, 2017

Easy, accessible, very crowded. There are a few places with viewpoints but no rails, be careful not to fall!!

Saturday, January 07, 2017

Spectacular views, easy hike

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Beautiful views with mainly paved path. Dog friendly as long as you stay on rim trail.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Yes The South Rim Trail is relatively easy. Most of it is paved. However walking ( not driving, not bussing) the South Rim Trail is by far the best way to make the most of your Grand Canyon experience. Every step and every viewpoint will give you an ever-changing view. It is amazing to see how the light plays off the colorful rocks and crevices. We were staying at Yavapai Lodge which was an excellent place to coordinate the walk. One day we headed east and the next day we headed west. If I remember correctly the trail is no longer paved after Monument Creek Vista and there a couple areas that require a little more exertion. However the trail is well defined and it is packed dirt. Get out and enjoy the views, get away from the crowds between the bus stops and enjoy the grandeur. Wear comfortable layers, sunscreen, sunglasses, and bring lots of water!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

this trail was great and very well maintained. beautiful views, though in places got a bit too narrow, making it hard for another person to pass by.

there are many tourists on this trail, many of which that do not know who has the right of way, so that may slow you down a bit.

Friday, August 19, 2016

easy with good picture spots.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Great trail, relaxing

Monday, July 04, 2016

This trail was great! It was an easing trail to walk and navigate. There were plenty of signs along the way, making it easy to stay on the trail. We chose to do this trail on our first day because it gave us a chance to really understand the layout and location of other trails.

The trail was mostly paved with parts that were more "natural". The parts of the trail closer to lookout points were more heavily trafficked, but as you went away from the lookout points it became less so.

I used my gps watch along the route to help us keep track of distance and time. Overall it took us about 6 1/2 hours to walk approximately 15 miles. We stopped and took a lot of photos on the way and sat on benches to enjoy the scenic views. The length of the trail really just depends on where you start. We took a bus shuttle back from Hermits point (where the Rim Trail ends and the Hermit Trail begins).

As for gear wearing normal sneakers is definitely fine for this trail. Having water is a must as it was warm. (July). There are a few water refills along the route.

Overall great trail! ⛰

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