Hiking in Grand Canyon National Park

Many people visit the grand canyon for the unbeatable views but there is an entirely different world below the rim. The best way to appreciate the canyon is from the bottom, usually with a trip to the Bright Angel campground along the South Kaibab Trail and the Bright Angel trail. Other hikes include the rim trail along the south rim, where you can walk along the rim stopping at several fantastic view points. For a longer hike through the canyon consider hiking the rim-to-rim trail or taking a multi-day trek to the bottom of the canyon with nights at bright angel and cottonwood.

If you don't have too much time, at least hike a mile or so down into the canyon; you will have an entirely new perspective on the park while staring up at the walls.
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Hiking the Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim
Hiking the Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim
Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, United States
 
Difficult: 23 miles, Multiple days
Four days across the Grand Canyon you will never forget!

There is a secret to a Grand Canyon rim-to-rim hike: Take four days to do it, even if you can do it in one. I have friends who go South to North in one day, and some do North to South the next. That's good for bragging rights, but how much of the Canyon do they really get to see? - How much time can they spend at Ribbon Falls? It's a destination...
Bright Angel Trail, Grand Canyon National Park, NaturePods
Bright Angel Trail, Grand Canyon National Park, NaturePods
Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, United States
Difficult: 18.0 miles, Full day
NaturePods shares the history and natural world of the Grand Canyon in this video guide. More at www.NaturePods.com

Bright Angel Trail is perhaps the premier trail in the Grand Canyon. Join NaturePods naturalist, Stewart Aitchison to explore a bit of the canyon's geology, wildlife, and history. Along the way, we'll stop and visit with the earliest explorers who found a home or infamy in the canyon. We'll also stop and give you a peak into the geology of the canyon...
Rainbow Rim Trail - North Rim of the Grand Canyon
Rainbow Rim Trail - North Rim of the Grand Canyon
North Rim, Arizona, United States
Moderate: 36 miles, Full day
This incredibly sweet ride offers great views, ponderosa and aspen forest, all on a sweet single track.

This sweet Grand Canyon ride will take you through some outstanding and remote country. Views, intimate forest, all accesses from mellow singletrack make this ride doable for almost anyone.
The Grand Canyon Rim Trail
The Grand Canyon Rim Trail
Grand Canyon Village, Arizona, United States
 
Easy: 12.0 miles
A flat walk with stunning views of the canyon. Up to 12 miles, mostly paved.

For great views of the Grand Canyon along a flat path, this is the hike for you. It offers a great introduction to the Grand Canyon, and there are several shuttle stops along the way, allowing you to pick and chose the areas you want to explore. From many of the overlooks, you will have unrestricted views to the other side of the canyon, and sometimes...
The Grand Canyon: Kaibab to Bright Angel Trail
The Grand Canyon: Kaibab to Bright Angel Trail
Grand Canyon Village, Arizona, United States
 
Difficult: 16.0 miles, Multiple days
Experience the Grand Canyon like few others with this unforgettable 2-3 day trip down into the canyon.

If you are looking for the perfect hike in the Grand Canyon, this is it. The 2 (or 3) day hike will take you down into the canyon to where few visitors have the privilege of going. Although the Bright Angel trail is not as steep and has more shade cover and water, the views from the South Kaibab trail are unbeatable. It is best to start from the...
Havasu Falls & Mooney Falls
Havasu Falls & Mooney Falls
Supai, Arizona, United States
 
Difficult: 24 miles, Multiple days
3 day backpacking trip to Havasu Falls and Mooney Falls on the Supai Indian Reservation near Grand Canyon National Park

Overview Absolutely, the best hiking experience I have ever had! Waterfalls, steep canyons, caves, mules, did I say waterfalls! The Havasupai Indian Reservation is not part of the Grand Canyon National Park, but you cannot tell that from the scenery. From your very first step at the trailhead parking lot until your return at the end of your...
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Havasupai
by crj1 on Jun 10, 2010
Supai, Arizona, United States
Hiking | 11.3 miles
Photos and GPS data from my hike to Havasupai, 6/10/10 to 6/12/10.
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Kaibab Trail and Bright Angel Trail - Grand Canyon
by chris on Jun 25, 2009
Grand Canyon, Arizona, United States
Hiking | 17.5 miles
Loren and I caught the 4:30 shuttle to start out hike down Kaibab trail to the Bright Angel Campground at the bottom of the Grand Canyon.  A park ranger told us it would stay so hot down in the canyon that we wouldn't even use sleeping bags, and that there weren't any bugs, so we decided to pack VERY light (water, some cliff bars, jerkey and dried fruit, and our sleeping pads)....
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South Kaibab to Phantom Ranch back Bright Angel
by AllenRbrts on Jan 11, 2010
Grand Canyon, Arizona, United States
Hiking | 18.0 miles
Two day trip in the winter down the Kaibab South trail, overnight at Phantom Ranch and then back up Bright Angel Trail.Started out around 11:00 am from the trailhead. The upper sections of the trail has several inches of snow and ice. Used the over shoes traction devices, which worked great. Made great progess, getting to Phantom Ranch around 3:30. Had a great dinner at the ranch and the three of us...
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Bright Angel Trail to Plateau Point, Grand Canyon
by philipc on Apr 28, 2010
Grand Canyon, Arizona, United States
Hiking | 12.4 miles
Took more than 7 hrs drive from Death Valley to the Grand Canyon.  Stayed overnight at the Maswik Lodge inside the park.  Resort facility was not bad except we chose not to pick the rooms with air conditioning to save a few dollars.  In late April, we don’t really need it since the temperature at night in the rim was pretty cool.  It was indeed cool when we arrived there at 10:30pm.  It...
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South Kaibab Trail, Grand Canyon
by philipc on Sep 14, 2009
Grand Canyon, Arizona, United States
Hiking | 4.9 miles
God’s creation of natural wonders are truly amazing.  Before this trip, the most memorable trips I have ever made was walking on the ocean floor after a few billion tones of seawater flow in and out of the Bay of Fundy during the tide cycle, taking a boat heading towards the fall to feel the downpouring of the vast amount of water from Niagara Falls, viewing of many different colours of Yellowstone...
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Havasu Creek to the Colorado River
by smccharen on Oct 14, 2012
Supai, Arizona, United States
Hiking | 24 miles
This is a trail that I had wanted to do for many years, some friends and I attempted it way back in 1983 (my first time to visit Havasupai Canyon) but were not able to follow the trail at that time, very frustrating!  This time I went with a very experienced guide who had been down this trail many times and finally made it all the way down Havasu Creek to the...
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South Kaibab Trail, Grand Canyon
by philipc on Apr 29, 2010
Grand Canyon, Arizona, United States
Hiking | 2.9 miles
Before our trip, we knew the Grand Canyon would be kind of cool at the end of April but had never expected snow. To my surprise, when I looked out of the window the 3rd morning in Grand Canyon, it was snowing. The temperature was 0C, strong wind, with tiny hails of snow.  The forecasted snow storm we heard last night during dinner was now here.  At times, snow was heavy and...
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Havasu Canyon Backpack
by modernhiker on Mar 22, 2008
Supai, Arizona, United States
Hiking | 19.1 miles
A three-day backpack in the lush, green Havasu Canyon. Full write up at Modern Hiker.
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Down and Up the Grand Canyon
by SingleTracks on Nov 30, 2010
Hiking | 17.7 miles
We gave up on finding warm weather by going south as we were already a stones throw from the Mexican border in Tucson.  We decided to head north to southern Utah, CJ's favorite place on earth (if there is a god, then he's a Mormon because he gave them Utah).  But on the way, on a whim, we decided to call and see if we could get a last minute reservation at...
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Havasupai Hike
by yakman77 on Aug 19, 2007
Supai, Arizona, United States
Hiking | 15.6 miles
Havasupai Hike
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Grand Canyon South Rim to North Rim via Kaibab Trail
by Mikey. on Oct 14, 2012
Grand Canyon, Arizona, United States
Hiking | 23 miles
started at the south rim just after sunrise and reached the north rim 11 minutes before sunset. hiking time of 8.5 hours with almost 3  hours of stopping time for a total of about 11+ hours. average hiking speed was 3.0 mph. total distance was 24.3 miles when we were randomly picked up about 0.7 miles from the north rim lodge by the north rim lodge van, thanks harry!!! lost the signal...
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Grand Canyon South Kaibab to Bright Angel via River Trail
by mhansen514 on May 10, 2009
Grand Canyon, Arizona, United States
Hiking | 16.7 miles
Hiked from the South Rim via the South Kaibab trail to the River. Then hiked the River Trail to the Bright Angel Trail back to the South Rim. Great day for a hike. Took about 9 hours.
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Hermit rapids in Grand Canyon
by ilya_ktsn on Nov 28, 2008
Grand Canyon Village, Arizona, United States
Hiking | 19.6 miles
First trip to Grand Canyon in relatively winter time. Aside from the fact that the days were short and it may rain and/or snow all day Grand Canyon in winter is much more interesting experience than in more warmer time. There is lots of water, temperatures are moderate, not so many people, and the atmosphere not always the same.
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Havasupai May 2012
by GyWhy on May 01, 2012
Supai, Arizona, United States
Hiking | 29 miles