Paved path to one of the Grand Canyon's grandest viewpoints, and a perch atop a natural arch.


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The exposure grade describes the potential consequences of falling or slipping off the path.

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

Medium Exposure: The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.

High Exposure: Some trail sections have exposed ledges or steep ascents/descents where falling could cause serious injury.

Extreme Exposure: Some trail sections are extremely exposed where falling will almost certainly result in serious injury or death.

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


Cape Royal provides unobstructed, panoramic views of the canyon that are second to none.

The Cape is a finger of rock that juts out into the Grand Canyon at one of its widest points.

You can see clear across the canyon to the South Rim, many of the “temples” that rise within the canyon, and the Colorado River snaking through the bottom.

Along the way are other breathtaking views, including a glimpse through Angels Window, a natural arch in the canyon rim. The flat, paved path to Cape Royal goes through sunny juniper and pine forest; signs label the types of trees and explain the ecology.

The first dramatic view comes just steps from the parking lot, where you’ll suddenly see the expanse of the canyon through the trees.

Soon Angels Window appears.

You can get a better look by venturing off the pavement, but be very careful because the rim is not protected and the drop is sheer. A fork in the paved path leads to a jaw-dropping overlook directly above Angels Window, where guardrails are in place.

Once you’ve witnessed this, continue to the main overlook at Cape Royal, where an even broader vista unfolds.

Around the large viewing platform, you’ll find signs that label the geologic formations and how they came to be.

There are guardrails, but unpaved side trails can lead to more secluded and unprotected viewpoints. Source: