There is no better way to explore the true majesty of the Grand Canyon National Park then on foot. As one of the seven natural wonders of the world, GCNP contains nearly two billion years of geological history constantly being exposed by the mighty flows of the Colorado River.
(24.2km, 1442m, 7-8.5h)
Usually compared to the Bright Angel Trail, the South Kaibab is more challenging, but simultaneously a more stunning trek. With no water and little shade along the way, you will certainly want to start early to soak in the spectacular views along the route without battling the direct sunlight. Options exist to shorten the trail and not go all the way to the Colorado River.
(28.5km, 1328m, 10-11.5h)
As the most “rim to river” trail in the park, the Bright Angel Trail sees a lot of traffic from inexperienced hikers. Luckily there are several water stations along the way, and the trail is quite well graded. Be warned, however, as any trip to the river and back is extremely strenuous.
(11.3km, 703m, 3-3.5h)
This less trodden trail leaves from Hermits Rest and bring you to a secluded and shaded spring that seeps down from a hole in the roof of a small overhang. Dripping Springs hike gets very little sun, and the solitude of the picturesque spring is well worth the physical effort!
(3.5km, 81m, 1-1.5h)
This less traveled trail is a fantastic easy hike to gain some much-needed solitude from the crowds of Hermits Rest and Grand Canyon Village. Shoshone Point is mostly flat route which leads you out to a magnificent viewpoint that you will most likely be sharing with under a dozen people!
(6.9km, 640m, 2-2.5h)
While exploring the far western tip of the Grand Canyon, Santa Maria Spring hike descends towards a rest shelter with a quaint rocking chair as well as water for the horses. Stunning views of the edge of the canyon, as well as of impressive rock formations permeate the entire trail.
(1.6km, 47m, 0.5-0.75h)
At the end of the harrowing scenic drive, Cape Royal is definitely an impressive reward. A short hike along a paved path from the parking area brings you past Angel’s Window to stunning panoramic views of the Grand Canyon, including Grandview Point across the river.