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470 mi 757 km of trail 16 Featured Hikes

Gems 7 Gems Easy Trails 34 Trails Intermediate Trails 36 Trails Hard Trails 15 Trails

Grand Canyon National Park encompasses 1,218,375 acres and lies on the Colorado Plateau in northwestern Arizona. Highlighted by the Grand Canyon, which is one of the most studied geologic landscapes in the world, the park's rich geologic history is astounding in scope and immense in size. The Grand Canyon, incised by the Colorado River, is 277 miles long and averages 4,000 feet deep. At its deepest point, the canyon is 6,000 feet deep and spans 18 miles at its widest point. The park offers an excellent record of three of the four eras of geological time, a rich and diverse fossil record, a vast array of geologic features and rock types, and numerous caves containing extensive and significant geological, paleontological, archeological, and biological resources.

To learn more about Grand Canyon National Park, visit www.nps.gov.

Local Info

Visitor Centers:
  • Grand Canyon Visitor Center: 8 am to 5 pm daily, year round.
  • Desert View Watchtower: Hours vary according to season, open year round
  • The North Rim Visitor Center: 8 am to 6 pm daily, May 15-October 15.

Visiting Tips

The South Rim of the park is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. All visitor services are available year round. Reservations are strongly recommended during spring, summer, and fall. Some facilities close during the winter.

The North Rim of the park is open from May 15 through October 15 each year. Reservations for lodging and camping are strongly recommended. The North Rim Campground site may be booked through October 31. The campground is open two weeks longer than the Grand Canyon Lodge which closes on October 15.

Fees & Passes:
To find out more about park fees, click here.

Camping & Lodging

Grand Canyon National Park offers a variety of camping and lodging options at the South and North Rim. For most sites, reservations are required, and it is recommended that reservations are made far in advance as most of the park lodging tends to be full much of the year. Reservations can be made up to 6 months in advance by calling 1-877-444-6777 or online at www.recreation.gov. For more information on camping and lodging in and around Grand Canyon National Park, visit the park's website.

  • Mather Campground: Open year-round. $18 per site per night. Group sites are also available for $50 per night.
  • Desert View Campground: Open April 19 through mid-October. This campground is first come, first served only. No reservations are accepted.
  • Trailer Village: A concessioner-operated RV park with full hook-ups located in Grand Canyon Village.
  • North Rim Campground: Open May 15 through October 31. $18-$25 per night. Group sites are also available for $50 per night.
  • Phantom Ranch: Open year round and located at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Reservations are required and can be made up to 13 months in advance through Xanterra, 888-297-2757.

Food & Drink

Grand Canyon National Park offers a variety of restaurant options. Click here for a list of restaurant options inside and outside of the park.

After the Hike: Local Favorites

El Tovar Dining Room and Lounge Not only do they provide a delicious meal, but also a beautiful view of the rim of the Grand Canyon from their dining room. It sits a mere 50 yards from the edge of the Canyon.
Cliff Dwellers Lodge Restaurant Great burger

Outfitters, Tours, & Shuttles

Guided Tours:
Whether you are looking for a guided hike, a scenic bicycle tour, an authenic mule ride, a leisurely raft trip, or stunning air tour, Grand Canyon National Park offers an astounding variety of ways to explore the Grand Canyon. Visit the park's website for more information on the guided tours and to check out the special event calendar.

Free Shuttles:
The park operates several free bus shuttles. To view current operating schedules, click here.
  • Village Route: Connects the visitor center with the Grand Canyon Village facilities and parking area.
  • Kaibab Route: The fastest way to get from the visitor center to canyon views.
  • Hermit Route: Scenic views along a historic road.
  • Tusayan Route: A park and ride option for the busier summer months when parking is difficult to find on the South Rim.
  • Hiker Express: An early morning bus with service to South Kaibab Trailhead.

REI Adventures:
REI offers over 30 national park trips led by expert guides capable of taking you off the beaten path to discover hidden gems that many visitors never see.

Check out REI Adventures' national park offerings here.

Other Activities

While you definitely want to spend some time hiking around and below the rim of the Grand Canyon, don't let your exploration of the park stop there. Grand Canyon National Park offers a variety of other activities that you'll want to take advantage of including museums, mule trips, road biking, scenic shuttles, historic sites, whitewater and smoothwater rafting, scenic drives, and a trip on the Grand Canyon railway. If you are feeling a bit more adventurous, come prepared to rock climb one of the many technical routes up the various temples, mostly featuring soft sandstone and lots of excitement.

If you are looking for other nearby activities on your way to and from the park, a great option is mountain biking the Rainbow Rim Trail just outside of the park. The Rainbow Rim Trail offers 18 miles (one-way) of exceptional solitude on a remote rim of the Grand Canyon. The trail offers an extremely unique experience as it is the only singletrack trail on the rim of the Grand Canyon open to bikes. Trails in nearby Grand Canyon National Park are closed to bicycles.

Maps & Guidebooks

To download free visitor guides and trail brochures, click here.

Areas Within Grand Canyon National Park

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Trails in Grand Canyon National Park - 69

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Grand Canyon, AZ
6.6 mi 10.6 km Grand Canyon, AZ
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#2 Bright Angel Trail
Grand Canyon, AZ
9.2 mi 14.8 km Grand Canyon, AZ
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#3 Tapeats Creek
Grand Canyon Village, AZ
2.3 mi 3.7 km Grand Canyon Village, AZ
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#4 Escalante
Grand Canyon, AZ
11.3 mi 18.2 km Grand Canyon, AZ
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Grand Canyon, AZ
14.7 mi 23.6 km Grand Canyon, AZ
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Grand Canyon, AZ
4.9 mi 7.8 km Grand Canyon, AZ
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#7 Deer Creek
Fredonia, AZ
3.2 mi 5.2 km Fredonia, AZ
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#8 Thunder River
Fredonia, AZ
12.6 mi 20.4 km Fredonia, AZ
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6.9 mi 11.1 km
#9 South Bass
Grand Canyon Village, AZ
6.9 mi 11.1 km Grand Canyon Village, AZ
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58.8 mi 94.6 km
#10 West Tonto
Grand Canyon, AZ
58.8 mi 94.6 km Grand Canyon, AZ
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Grand Canyon, AZ
23.2 mi 37.3 km Grand Canyon, AZ
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#12 Nankoweap
Grand Canyon, AZ
12.1 mi 19.4 km Grand Canyon, AZ
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0.9 mi 1.4 km
#13 Unkar Delta
Grand Canyon, AZ
0.9 mi 1.4 km Grand Canyon, AZ
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8.8 mi 14.1 km
#14 Clear Creek
Grand Canyon, AZ
8.8 mi 14.1 km Grand Canyon, AZ
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11.9 mi 19.2 km
#15 North Bass
Grand Canyon Village, AZ
11.9 mi 19.2 km Grand Canyon Village, AZ
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4.4 mi 7.1 km
#16 Grandview Trail
Grand Canyon, AZ
4.4 mi 7.1 km Grand Canyon, AZ
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5.9 mi 9.4 km
#17 Hermit Trail
Grand Canyon Village, AZ
5.9 mi 9.4 km Grand Canyon Village, AZ
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34.4 mi 55.3 km
#18 East Tonto
Grand Canyon, AZ
34.4 mi 55.3 km Grand Canyon, AZ
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7.8 mi 12.5 km
#19 Tanner
Grand Canyon, AZ
7.8 mi 12.5 km Grand Canyon, AZ
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6.0 mi 9.6 km
#20 New Hance
Grand Canyon, AZ
6.0 mi 9.6 km Grand Canyon, AZ
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