Tusayan Greenway

Grand Canyon National Park

A developed Greenway Trail connecting the town of Tusayan to the South Rim Visitor Center.

Trail Running Easy

Distance
10 km
Ascent
187 m
Descent
45 m
Low Point
2 km
High Point
2.2 km
Gradient
VIEW ON MAP
Tusayan Greenway Map

Description

Part of a large initiative to provide access to the Grand Canyon by bike, foot, and horseback, the Tusayan Greenway connects the South Rim Visitor's Center to the park's gateway town 6 miles south. Mostly paved, the path meanders through Kaibab National National Forest and offers the perfect opportunity to get some exercise on your visit to the Grand Canyon.

The southern terminus is located in Tusayan and boasts parking for 100 cars. To the north, the Greenway terminates at the South Rim Visitor Center, home to Mather Point Overlook. Other sections of the park's Greenway Project can be accessed from the South Rim, including the Greenway/South Rim Loop, which tours the Village and offers incredible views from the rim of the canyon. Numerous connector trails also offer access to the campground, Grand Canyon Village, and even the residential area for employees of the park.

Utilizing one of the free shuttle buses operated by the National Park, shuttling the entire trail is a possibility in the warmer months. The Tusayan line only operates between May and September, though runners could also self-shuttle any time of year. View the latest schedule and information here.

This trail parallels the road that leads into the National Park and never ventures too far from help. That said, there is no water available along the way. Consider a handheld bottle or hydration pack if you are running the entire trail. Also note that since the town of Tusayan is at a lower elevation than the Visitor Center, the entire route is uphill when run north (as mapped).

Sources: https://www.nps.gov/grca/learn/news/progress-on-multi-use-trail-connecting-grand-canyon-national-park-with-gateway-town-of-tusayan-continues.ht https://www.nps.gov/grca/learn/news/progress-on-multi-use-trail-connecting-grand-canyon-national-park-with-gateway-town-of-tusayan-continues.htm

Difficulty

Easy

Low Exposure

1 out of 4

The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.

Remoteness

1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

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