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 Utah Travel Center National ParksGrand Canyon • Hiking


Grand CanyonHiking into the Grand Canyon can be one of the best ways to experience the grandeur first hand. Whether you are taking a short day hike or going on an extended backpacking trek you will find a trip to the rim below to reveal secrets of the Canyon that no viewpoint or overlook can offer. Unfortunately, with the beauty, comes a beast. With its steep terrain, rough trail, and extreme temperatures, the Grand Canyon is not to be taken lightly.

With the joys of hiking, comes the dangers. Here are some tips to help you stay safe and comfortable as you travel the trails.

  • Choose an appropriate hike, know your limitations and don't hike beyond your ability
  • Watch the time and allow 1/3 of the time for the hike in and 2/3 for the hike out
  • Never attempt to hike from the rim to the river and back in one day
  • Avoid hiking in the hottest part of the day- plan to start before 7 A.M. or after 4 P.M.
  • While hiking, drink a gallon of water per person per day
  • Wear comfortable, sturdy footwear with outdoor sock to prevent blisters
  • Mules have right-of-way on designated trails
  • If you pack it in, pack it out
  • Always inform others of your plans

There are many trails throughout the park. Each has its own secrets to reveal and sights to see. A backcountry permit is required for any overnight stays in the park. Stop at a visitors center for a permit and more information on the trails. Go Hiking on the North Rim with Bar 10 Ranch

North Rim

  • Bright Angel Point Trail - an easy, half-mile self-guided nature trail leading to a spectacular view of the canyon
  • Uncle Jim Trail - a five mile winding trail through the forest to a canyon overlook where you can see the North Kaibab Trail switchbacks
  • Widforss Trail - a ten mile trail that blends forest and canyon scenery
  • Transept Trail - an easy three mile trail leading from Grand Canyon Lodge to the campground
  • Ken Patrick Trail - a 20 mile trek that winds through the forest and along the rim taking you from Point Imperial to the North Kaibab Trail parking lot
  • North Kaibab Trail - the North Rim's only maintained trail; it is a strenuous 9.4 mile hike to Roaring Springs; a full day should be planed for a trip to Roaring Springs

South Rim

  • Rim Trail - the perfect introductory hike, excellent for those adjusting to the 7,000-foot elevation and recommended for adults with children
  • Bright Angel Trail - this strenuous 19-mile-round-trip hike descends 4,400 feet and takes you from Bright Angel Lodge down the canyon to Phantom Ranch and Bright Creek Campground
  • South Kaibab Trail - this 12.6 mile round-trip hike offers unobstructed and spectacular views of the canyon; dropping close to 5,000 feet in almost 6.3 miles makes this a very strenuous hike
  • Hermit Trail - this 17-mile-round-trip hike starts at the rim and takes you all the way to the Colorado River
  • Grandview Trail - this six-mile-round-trip hike descends 2,600 feet to Horseshoe Mesa where remains of a mining operation can still be seen
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