Explore the most popular nature trips trails near Grand Canyon Village with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

I was concerned from reading the reviews. Went down to Phantom Ranch from S Kaibab and back up Bright Angel. My tracker (GPS stopped just prior to reaching the top) indicated trip in 6:50 hours (4,100 calories!)
It is hard but definitely not "brutal". Although I can see how it would be doing it during the summer (I did 9/21/18). To give you an idea, hiking Yosemite's Half-Dome is almost the same distance but that one is much harder. Brought 3 bottles of water and 2 of Gatorade (refilled one water at Indian Garden on the way back up). Left @ 6 am and was back up @ 1:50 pm... Drank every drop of fluid. Beautiful hike!

I traveled this trail las July down to phantom Ranch and back up the same way . It’s a difficult climb if your not prepared. Bring a good hat , plenty of water for the trail is dry except for the river water . I’m from Texas so the heat was not so bad for me but others people on the trail was dropping like flys. lol lots of tents set up on the trail the next morning. Beautiful views but come prepared to high step 5000 times !

5 days ago

Very easy and level trail for all ages and levels. You start the trail at the Grand Canyon Visitor Center. You get some gorgeous views and photos. My husband and I did this in 5 hours, but we stopped frequently for pictures, restroom breaks and lunch. Wear sunscreen and bring a few bottles of water as the sun is strong and it gets very hot. Highly recommend!

hiking
7 days ago

Overall straight forward hike. Easy enough path to follow with elevation increases fairly often in a short distance. Great views 90% of the hike. A great intro to the Canyon.

I hiked down South Kaibab and camped at Bright Angel Campground, then headed back up via River Trail and Bright Angel.
The hike down South Kaibab offered amazing views of the canyon! So many colors of rocks. The trail itself is very rocky, all downhill and with lost of steps built into the trail.
The hike down was hard for me (I prefer up over down). In general, several miles solid of any one direction is hard on the body. I would recommend being diligent about which legs you are using to step down, and alternate frequently. I didn’t do this, and my hamstrings and calves paid the price. Definitely use poles!
Be sure to stop at Ooh Aah point for great views. Cedar Ridge is a nice place to stop for a snack and bathroom. There is very little shade on the trail, so be sure to wear sunscreen!
Be cautious of trail runners and mule trains.

hiking
10 days ago

Wonderful views and I nice easy walk but to many people

17 days ago

I will be back to go down into the canyon! My sister and I completed a road trip from PA to CA and we stopped here on the way and completed the rim trail! It was amazing! I remember walking up to the edge of the canyon and my hands were shaking it was so mind blowing. I remember thinking ti myself how could something like this exist? It’s a bigger than you moment and super humbling. Absolutely subliminal in every way. Everyone needs to see the Grand Canyon as God intended.

Absolutely Outstanding Views!!! This hike will test your will power. The trail turn off to East Tonto Trail is a bit tricky. The trail marker is confusing. Once you reach the Tip Off you’ll find the trail turn off. East Tonto drops you off at Indian Gardens. Be sure to bring at least 3 liters of water as there is no water on Kiabab and East Tonto trails. Most of this trek has no cover so prepare for direct sunlight. The Bright Angel is where the will power/workout comes into play. There are 2 water stations and shaded rest areas on the way out. Be sure to work up to this hike as it is a butt kicker! The total trip took me a little over 6 hours.

Easily one of the best, most difficult trails I have ever done. Start as early as possible and get down quickly without tiring yourself out. We started at 6:30 and hit the black bridge at 9:30. Averaged a good pace of almost 3mph. Just over the black bridge is your first water source. Head to phantom ranch to rest and drink lemonade. Before you head back across the silver bridge up bright angel. Soak your shirt, hat, anything in the water spout. Hiking up to Indian garden is long but just has a moderate incline. Keep soaking your clothes in the streams you pass. At Indian garden you have another drinkable water station. Here is where the hike pours on the suck. You have water every mile and a half from Indian garden, but the incline and switchbacks get really tough. We made it up in just under 11 hours. Bring lots of salty snacks and Gatorade or Nuun tablets to replace electrolytes. Bring trekking poles for sure as well as a hat and something to put on your neck like a bandana that can be soaked. We were fortunate with the weather on September 1st. Light rain and thunderstorm showers kept the sun away. I would not hike this in the summer ever! Make sure you train for this one. My legs didn’t start hurting until the last mile and a half. Just keep moving and keep your energy up! Drink water every 5-10 minutes to avoid dehydration. If you are thirsty you already are dehydrated.

hiking
20 days ago

Easy hike around the south rim. We did ten miles on the rim hike. Some paved trail and some unpaved. Beautiful views and outlooks around the rim. If you do it all it can be tiring.
Jump on and off a shuttle if you want.

Beautiful hike. Start south kaibab early so you can catch sunrise at Oh Ah point. Going down to phantom ranch is very fast. We started later than we wanted to, hit the trail head at 7 am and missed sunrise :(. Got back to the trailhead at 3 PM. Amazing hike, wish we would successfully get back country permits. We keep getting denied. Rim to rim is on the bucket list but not success obtaining back country permits.

Amazing! This place is spectacular! We hiked and climbed and explored!!

fabulous. The downhill was killer on old knees. Gorgeous.

1 month ago

Start early and you will have most of the views to yourself!! Great, easy an be enjoyable hike!!

Great hike. Not a lot of shade going down. Switchbacks and plenty of water stations on the way up. Challenging full day hike. Start before sunrise and rest at Phantom Ranch. Classic hike.

I hiked this trail from 5am to 4pm, totally 11 hours. I parked my car in the visitor center and took the shuttle to South Kaibab trailhead, went down to the river, visited the Phantom Ranch and mailed some postcards, and went up from Bright Angel trail. It will be the most impressed hiking in my life. I feel this hiking is meaningful for me.
The day I hiked is not hot on the rim and it's a little raining in the hike. I took 2L water in the beginning, but not drink too much when going down because of the cool weather. In the campground beside the rive you can refill your water. Remember that the temperature in the bottom of the canyon is much higer that the rim. Even in that cool day I felt so hot when hiking in the bottom, which made me a little uncomfortable.
When going up along the Bright Angel trail, there is water in the Indian Garden, 3-mile and 1.5 mile rest houses, so you don't need to take too much water. Near the Indian Garden there will be a small river and many trees. It's a beautiful place to rest. The last 3 or 4 miles is very steep. Don't be hurry, especially at that time you are already tired.
I suggest to take two alpenstocks to protect your knees. Have a good trip on this trail!

An exquisite classic. It's amazing to watch the canyon transform as you descent and get away from the crowds up top. It can definitely be done in a day if you're in extremely good shape (like marathon runner good) but I recommend doing it in two so it's more enjoyable. The descent is hard on your joints (bring poles) and the ascent is exhausting even if you are prepared. If you ddon't have all of the supplies you need you can rent gear (like a tent, big backpack, poles, etc.) for a day or two at the general store. It's so important to start hiking before the sun rises as it's far hotter at the bottom of the canyon than at the rim and also to bring electrolyte packets and salty snacks because you will sweat a ton. If you have the time and are conditioned for it, it's an extraordinary hike that makes you appreciate the Grand Canyon in an entirely new way.

walking
2 months ago

Absolutely breathtaking views of the Grand Canyon from the south rim. We parked and walked on the paved trail. There was a little area where you could climb down for a closer view but that isn’t necessary to get the full experience.

Top notch and rewarding at every turn. Difficult to do in one day but I've done it twice and will do it again. I think most people do this in a few days but I had no overnight permits. I love this place, it is magical. I would highly recommend hiking down kaibab and up bright angel because water refill stops are only on bright angel trail and you will need it especially if it's warm outside.

Went with my wife to see the grand canyon. decided to hike it. Left at 1030 am with one water bottle apiece. Got to phantom ranch around 130. Had some lemonade. Put our feet in the Colorado. Got back to the top around 5. Heat wasnt too bad. There was still snow on the ground. Ate tons of cheese balls and oreos on the way home.

I did this on July 12. I was hiking up from Phantom Ranch. It was very difficult due to the heat and elevation. An early start is recommended.

hiking
2 months ago

Having the option to hike from point to point or shuttle between some was really nice. Walking the trail gave us very little interference with crowds so we could fully appreciate the beauty of the nature around us. The shuttles helped us to see more than we would have been able to without it. Great views 24/7 no matter where you’re at on the trail.

Just finished SK to PR with and overnight there and out on BA. Awesome experience. Got lucky with the weather as it was partly cloudy with thunderstorms late each day, and temp at PR barely cracked 100.

I’m 50 and in average shape and it was not nearly as difficult as I expected. Made it down in a leisurely 5 hours with lots of rest/photo stops. made it out in 7 hours and got poured on the last 15 minutes.

No blisters, sore feet and a lot of great memories.

walking
2 months ago

Great orientation trail to start the arrival to the canyon.

2 months ago

Relaxing hike, accessible for all. You can decide how much you wish to do and easily turn around when you’re done. Beautiful views of the canyon, although very crowded. To avoid the crowds, just walk for about 15 minutes. It’ll thin out with distance.

hiking
2 months ago

Easy hike along the canyon's rim with markers letting you know the history of the canyon. Went in December so it was cold and not many people, more elk than people actually. Worth doing after watching the sunrise from Mather Point.

2 months ago

Great trail to see the Grand Canyon!

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