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

on The Lighthouse Trail

hiking
5 days ago

Very nice trail. it is 5.8 miles return. At the trail's end, you can climb up to the lighthouse rock formation. The trail has ups and downs, nice scenary. Well marked.

Hiked this trail in the hottest part of day in the hottest time of year. Other than the heat and need for plenty of water was a pretty easy hike. All in all this was a nice trail with easy terrain. Lots of lizards and annoying bugs (not sure what they were) that would not stop biting me! Was quite disappointed when we hit the “end of trail” post to find you couldn’t even see the landmark from this point. We didn’t carry on due to time of day and water supply but I do intend on going back and finishing the hike to the top of the lighthouse.

mostly flat, more vegetation and water (dry in Summer) than rock formations. Lots of trail bikers.

hiking
17 days ago

The trail is rated moderate perhaps because of its 5.7 mile distance but it is more of an easy trail. It is well traveled and the trail itself is wide enough for a car at many places. The exception is the last part to the lighthouse which involves some climbing. But that section is not part of the trail proper. If you don’t mind a bit of climbing it is well worth the effort to get up to the lighthouse. The views from there are great. There are a couple of ways to get up from where there is a metallic bench. At first we took the path toward the left. It ended up being a bit difficult and we turned back. We took the one toward the right which was easier so I would definitely recommend that route.

17 days ago

This is a nicely marked Trail with markers every 0.1 miles. It provides some very nice views along the way as well as at the top. It is also used by bikers but not being one I think it is scary at some places where the path is narrow and there is a steep drop off on one side. We also did the lighthouse trail and a couple of other in the park but this one was the best overall, although the lighthouse trail afforded some nice views for those who climbed to it.

17 days ago

I did not take the CCC trail, but took the Goodnight Peak trail (which is not listed, but crosses the CCC at some point) and I HIGHLY recommend it. Goodnight Peak leaves off of the side of the main road going down into the canyon and is a very easy, but beautiful hike that goes out on a ridge line through the canyon. Most of the hike is rocky, but flat. A friend and I had about an hour to burn before dark and decided to take a quick hike out on the trail and we ended up some some amazing sunset pictures. Most of the roads, buildings, and parking lots are only visible for a small portion of the trail and the majority feels very secluded. Goodnight Peak is my favorite trail in PDC and I can’t wait to get back on it again!

hiking
22 days ago

My family set out on this “easy” trail and it was far from it. We started our route from the amphitheater parking lot as we knew the steepest climbs were on that side and it was STEEP. With that said the return trip after making it to the top was a breeze. The hike is beautiful with lots to take in including the canyons unique rock formations, vast rock colors, and plant species. Our 8 and 4 year old were troopers with plenty of encouragement. Definitely recommended starting this trail early!

on Rock Garden Trail

hiking
23 days ago

This is a moderate trail especially at the start. Uphill until you get to rim. very pretty views. Returning is much easier I thought the best view was about 0.5 miles from the top and not the top itself. However, by time I reached to top, it was very hot and I did not explore.....next time

hiking
26 days ago

This trail is probably my least favorite I’ve ever been on at PDC. The first part of it has some great views, then it turned into a view of the road, and everything else touristy. It was a switchback trail down the side of the canyon and the trail was narrow and rocky. I took my two dogs with me and they struggled with how rocky and jagged everything was. There were signs saying that the trail is closed from 5pm-12am. Remember water, not much shade and hot as a firecracker.

one of the nicer trails. Hard to find the start point because road signs are not good. Once on trail, it is well marked. It is in and out, not a loop with very nice views, close ups of rock formations that make up the Canyon . one of my favourites

on CCC Trail

hiking
27 days ago

would not rate it easy. it is easy to get to. close to entrance. Park at viewpoint to the right, hike down about 1.5 miles for part 1. Then it is another 1.5 to 2 miles to the amphitheater. There are nicer hikes in the Canyon , nevertheless this is a good one, not to be missed

Of course it's a great trail, but watch out for rattlesnakes. We passed 2 rattlesnakes on our hike. One was in the middle of the trail and one was toward the side of the trail in the shade. It had just bit a hiker and she was waiting for medical help to arrive. Hike in center of trail (about5-6 feet wide) and be very aware of surroundings.

hiking
1 month ago

I took my two small dogs on this trail this morning. We got out there just right before 8am and by the time we got back to the car it was blazing hot. It took us about 2.5 hours to compete, but we took it slow and took lots of water breaks. Heavily used, mostly a hard dirt packed trail with some rocks and sand. I would say that the only thing that is moderate about this hike is the oppressive heat. I saw people walking in with only a liter of water but make no mistakes that is absolutely not enough water if you’re hiking in the heat of the day. I had two 64 ounce water bladders in my backpack and I drained most of them. Not much shade, so sunscreen and a hat is a must. Beautiful views, with lots of wildlife. We saw a few lizards, a tarantula, and some bluebirds. I would imagine this trail would have been absolutely amazing when all of the water crossings were full. I would recommend this trail to experienced hikers in the summer and to everyone on the cooler months.

1 month ago

Portion of trail closed 3pm-12am but it’s too hot by then anyway. Lots of intersecting trails not marked. Definitely good for beginners though. If you find the trail too difficult you may have made a wrong turn.

1 month ago

all trails closed due to fire restrictions , alot of ants everywhere, black , red, fire, only one shower open, will try again in fall,maybe ill rate it better

hiking
1 month ago

Gorgeous trail! Dog friendly and great views.

Very accessible and wonderfully maintained trail up to the top of the canyon. Unique in that it offers some of the greenest views the canyon has to offer and certainly has some of the best photo ops in the park. Plenty of safe “off trail” opportunities to explore the numerous boulders around you without losing sight of the paved trail. This is my go-to trail anytime I want a little bit of everything and feel like getting a good workout in as well.

hiking
1 month ago

One of the simpler trails at PDC; it features a nice views of scenic rock formations further in the canyon and it is one of the trails that offers an occasional reprieve from the heat with its mesquite lined entrance . You can see the water and find it if you go off trail a bit , but Paso Del Rio is the trail to go if you’re looking for water.

hiking
2 months ago

Loved this trail, wonderful views

walking
2 months ago

easy

hiking
2 months ago

Much higher elevation than the lighthouse trail and other popular trails. My vizsla handled the trail just fine but I would only recommend very athletic dogs for this trail.

Great trail. Very popular though. I probably saw 50 people on the trail. The view at the end is amazing.

Really enjoyed this trail. You can take this trail to the lighthouse trail. This is a popular trail for mountain bikers.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail with an incredible view at the end of the trail- one you get to the “end of trial” signs, take the dirt trail on the left up to see the hoodoos and the great view. It’s a bit of a climb- steep and a little slippery at some points, but well worth it for the view! Go early to miss the crowds.

on The Lighthouse Trail

hiking
2 months ago

Great walk through red rock to the iconic lighthouse formation. “Great reward” at the end is only if you are willing to continue past the end of the trail sign.

hiking
2 months ago

This trail is fun! From serence quiet sections, to walking ridges with a big of challenge (I have a fear of heights), I really enjoyed this trail. This was my afternoon hike, after having done the Lighthouse trail in the morning. Pretty easy even with some elevation changes.

hiking
2 months ago

This is a great trail with a big reward at the end. Highly recommended to set out first thing when the park opens at 7am, because later in the morning lots of tourists show up. Early AM it was just me and some trail bikers. The trail officially ends at the base of the Lighthouse, where you can't even see it. You then have to go through the two "End of Trail" posts, and follow the footpath up to the spires. Pretty easy, just take care to stay on the correct path back and not a false path, or else you end up a little lost like me. Note that this last part is not on GPS because it isn't official trail, but it is SO worth it to walk the land bridge between the two spires.

hiking
2 months ago

I liked the trail. I started in the ampitheater parking lot and hiked up and back. Took about 2.5 hours. the steepest grades were in the first couple of tenths of a mile. some parts of the trail had quite a bit of rubble rock on it and one must watch their footing. But the views were awesome.

3 months ago

Fun trail, about 5 miles out and back and 3-4 hrs to complete depending on how fast you walk. Great views and one the few trails in the canyon that has shaded spots. My 10 yr old loved it but definately make sure to bring plenty of water!

The trail itself is one of my all-time favorite trails. I like to start on the GSL, then connect to the Light House. Once you get to the light house, climbing the formation isn't too difficult. But it does have a couple of places that are physically demanding to get to the top. I wouldn't advise the climb for the very young, very old, or if you aren't comfortable lifting your body weight. Otherwise, just the trail it self is awesome, please bring several liters of water. It's hot, dry, and no real shade coverage. Enjoy

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