Guidebook

Explore One of the World’s 7 Wonders: The Grand Canyon

Explore the best hiking trails in one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World: the Grand Canyon.

Description

The Grand Canyon needs no introduction. One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the Grand Canyon is one of the most iconic landmarks on the planet. Measuring 277 miles long, up to 18 miles wide, and up to 6,093 feet deep, the scale of the canyon is breathtaking to behold.

It might be surprising, then, that most of the crowds visiting Grand Canyon National Park never venture beyond the rim of the Canyon. While the trails in the Canyon are undoubtedly popular, the further you venture from the pavement the more solitude and adventure you’ll find—along with increasingly-spectacular views!

While we attempted to collect hikes with a range of difficulty into this guidebook, hiking in the Grand Canyon is inherently difficult. Steep trails with massive elevation gain and loss, intense sunlight, brutal heat, and few places to resupply on water mean that venturing into the Canyon under your own power is not an excursion to be taken lightly.

But for those who do undertake the challenge, the reward of experiencing one of the wonders of the world is unparalleled!

South Kaibab Trail
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South Kaibab Trail

Grand Canyon National Park
10.1 km45 m1,486 m
A jaw-dropping journey into the Grand Canyon, and the most direct route from rim to river.
Difficult
Private
North Kaibab Trail
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North Kaibab Trail

Grand Canyon National Park
22.7 km237 m1,990 m
The main route from Grand Canyon's North Rim down to the Colorado River, and one of the most beautiful trails in America.
Difficult
Private
Bright Angel Trail
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Bright Angel Trail

Grand Canyon National Park
14.5 km118 m1,447 m
Iconic trail from rim to river in the Grand Canyon.
Difficult
Private
Hermit Trail
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Hermit Trail

Grand Canyon National Park
10.1 km618 m618 m
Experience living history on this challenging trek.
Difficult
Private
Dripping Springs
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Dripping Springs

Grand Canyon National Park
7.9 km567 m567 m
Edgy exposure makes this an adventurous trek.
Difficult
Private
Grandview Trail
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Grandview Trail

Grand Canyon National Park
9.9 km812 m812 m
A spectacular route for experienced desert hikers.
Severe
Private
South Rim Trail
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South Rim Trail

Grand Canyon National Park
20.9 km482 m320 m
Family and dog-friendly trail linking major overlooks on the South Rim.
Easy
Private
Cape Royal Trail
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Cape Royal Trail

Grand Canyon National Park
1.5 km46 m46 m
Paved path to one of the Grand Canyon's grandest viewpoints, and a perch atop a natural arch.
Easy
Private
Point Imperial Trail
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Point Imperial Trail

Grand Canyon National Park
8.9 km164 m164 m
Find solitary canyon views on this trail near the famous Point Imperial.
Easy
Private
Hermit-Tonto-Kaibab Loop: Monument Creek to Indian Garden Campground
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Hermit-Tonto-Kaibab Loop: Monument Creek to Indian Garden Campground

Grand Canyon National Park
16.5 km535 m307 m
Day two traverses the magnificent Tonto Platform as you make your away across the Canyon.
Moderate
Private
Granite Rapids
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Granite Rapids

Grand Canyon National Park
4.2 km214 m214 m
Side trip to one of the largest rapids in the Colorado River.
Easy
Private
Clear Creek Trail
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Clear Creek Trail

Grand Canyon National Park
28.7 km1,176 m1,176 m
A less visited trails that provides fantastic views of the Colorado River and the canyon.
Moderate
Private
Havasu Falls Backpack
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Havasu Falls Backpack

Grand Canyon National Park
35.2 km1,072 m1,072 m
A must visit to one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world!
Moderate
Private
Havasu Falls Backpack: Havasu Falls to Colorado River
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Havasu Falls Backpack: Havasu Falls to Colorado River

Grand Canyon National Park
20.1 km1,235 m1,235 m
Epic trip from Havasu Falls down to the Colorado River with visits to Mooney and Beaver Falls
Difficult
Private