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Grand Canyon West Rim Trail

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Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon West 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.

Distance: 12.8 miles Elevation Gain: 557 feet Route Type: Point to Point

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly



nature trips


bird watching





wild flowers


no shade

historic site

no dogs

A 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.

28 days ago

Far exceeded my expectations! Definitely lives up to the hype! God’s creation is truly astonishing!!

1 month ago

Very simple trail but the best views!! I only hiked a couple km out of the whole trail. Make sure you have your camera!

2 months ago

We were here when the nps wasn’t offering their shuttle from bright angel and were hoping cars would be able to go to the end. No buses or cars due to covid though we saw several cars and a rv that ran the barricade and went by headed west as we hiked the rim. Awesome views and not one person on the trail. Definitely socially distanced! Wished we could have driven to the end and hiked out of there. Hope the nps will rethink their cars policy during the covid ordeal.

3 months ago

Good hike. Only steep at very beginning. After Hopi overlook, trail becomes dirt trail. Really good views at Mohave view point.

4 months ago

7 months ago

Useless to do it all the way. The best part is on the west side because you are on the edge of the canyon. Do not fall!!

8 months ago

This trail is easy to hike. We started at Pike Creek Vista and ended at Hermits Rest. It took us 7 plus hours to complete 13 miles. That included a lot of stops for photos and rests. If one wanted to hike just a bit of the trail, the shuttle service in the park is phenomenal!

9 months ago

This was a nice easy hike/walk along the Grand Canyon. The view was amazing and there are several spots to stop and rest with shops at the end. If you want a nice leisurely walk, I would recommend this trail for you.

10 months ago

In the words of Ron Swanson, "Crying is only acceptable at funerals and the Grand Canyon." This might be the most beautiful place in the whole world. Certainly not a hike, but trails are very well maintained and surprisingly not that crowded once you start getting away from Mather Point. Go any time of the year for different views and be sure to stay for sunset.

10 months ago

Perfect trail for anyone. Did most of it twice in one day. Started early and other than bus driver, I saw no other humans out there for the whole trip. Went back about 8am to get the family. Definitely more people out there after 8 am but still enjoyable. Can hike (more of a walk) entire route, or on/off bus as you please. Restrooms at Hopi Point & Hermit’s Rest stops. Bus drivers are friendly and knowledgeable. Must do in my book!

Thu May 02 2019

Spectacular!! The vastness cannot be captured in a photo!! Out of this world beautiful! You forget how long you've been hiking!

Fri Apr 12 2019

Good for sunrise!

We’re alive....We made it out! On the 100th anniversary of Grand Canyon National Park the legend of Randy Shrauner grows. Randy & I have been doing crazy things together since 1977 and none crazier than hiking 52.1 miles R2R2R through the Grand Canyon for Randy’s 60th Birthday. Along with our friend David Penland, whom we’ve known since ‘77, and was happy he decided at the last minute to join us, the three of us headed off to celebrate. R2R2R means you hike from the south rim of the Grand Canyon to the north rim then back to the south rim. It’s a internationally famous classic back country hike. One for the bucket list as long as you don’t kick the bucket.

Wed Mar 27 2019

Hiked with the family late afternoon before sunset, beautiful views, good for all ability levels.

Mon Mar 25 2019

Great views.

Thu Mar 14 2019

Amazing views along all the trail. Very easy to walk.

Wed Mar 13 2019

Hike this if you want to continually pick your jaw up off the ground from views so breathtaking that you can't believe they're real. An easy flat hike that does have some muddy areas currently, as we hiked through rain and snow, but has paved sections as well. The Canyon was full of moments of fog today that was absolutely incredible. Long stretches of trail where you get to walk steps away from the edge without railing.

Tue Mar 12 2019

How can u go wrong? Beautiful views everywhere! We also enjoyed watching the elk feast on ground cover along the trail!

Thu Jan 31 2019


Sun Nov 25 2018

Walked about 2 miles out and back for unbelievable sunset views at Powell Point look out. It was less crowded than Hopi appeared and just as wonderful views.

Mon Nov 05 2018

Good walking path. Lots of great views. We started at the visitor center and walked to Mohave Point on the red bus route. My Garmin clocked about 6.5 miles. We hopped on the bus there to go back as we were pretty tired and had 1.5 hour drive ahead of us to where we were staying. Easy path. Not difficult. Once you get past the bright angel trailhead, it gets pretty quiet on the trail and you don’t see many people.

Fri Sep 14 2018

We walked the whole thing, which clocked in at more like 15 miles at the end of the day with all the lookout points and whatnot. It’s not hiking; it’s walking at a well-marked and often paved path. Stunning views. Can do all of it or any portions you want with the free shuttle situation.

Sat Sep 08 2018

Not really much of a hike here... but it’s the Grand Canyon so it gets 5 stars by default. Lots of good places to pull yourself to an overlook and enjoy the scenery.

Fri Aug 17 2018

stunning views, but it's not really a trail. it's a paved walk around the edge of the canyon hence why I have only rated it three stars.

Sat Aug 11 2018

Ideal for families and anyone with disabilities because a good portion of this trail is paved. If you're a hiker, it's not a hike, it's a walk. ...but a walk with epic views.

Fri Jun 29 2018

Paved. VIEWS

Fri Jun 22 2018

Incredible views. Easy paved pretty level walk. Fairly busy but many shops and stops to explore.

Mon Apr 30 2018

Beautiful introduction to Grand Canyon

Wed Apr 25 2018

We parked at visitors center by Mather Point. Took blue bus, and switched to red bus to Hermits Rest. That’s where we started walking the rim toward our car. I believe it was a good decision to go that way because for the most part you’ll be going downhill. First two miles we hiked on the very rim. That first two miles are not on the map. On the map you would see paved greenway, but there is hidden gem trail as well, right on the edge of the rim. I would consider these trail as Moderate. It is mostly few feet wide with the rock wall on the right and 3000 feet drop on the left. Don’t look down!! Not suitable for kids and dogs. We walked back 11.22 miles from Hermits Rest. First 6 miles are the most enjoyable and difficult, almost no people, and last 4-5 miles were paved and repetitive but still very nice. Highly recommend.

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