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Grand Canyon Hiking and Hikes

If you love to hike the Grand Canyon is the place for you. With hundreds of miles of trail to choose from you can't go wrong for an awe inspiring day on the trail. Although a lot of the canyon is only accessible via multi-day backpacking trips, there are a ton of great options for day hikers. Whether you nice flat hike with amazing views or rugged trail you’re only sharing with Big Horn Sheep the Grand Canyon has you covered.


The easiest access to the majority of Grand Canyon hikes is from the South Rim. The South Rim is open year round and is where you’ll find the Bright Angel and South Kaibab trails, the Rim Trail and more strenuous options like Tanner Trail and Grandview Trail.

The North Rim is only open seasonally, but offers some great access to day hikes in the Grand Canyon.  The North Kaibab trail, several options on the rim and trails like North Bass that are more difficult to access and hike are found on the North Rim.

The East Rim or Marble Canyon has some really great hikes. This is technically not part of the Grand Canyon, but is in Grand Canyon National Park.  The view and hikes are not as dramatic, but there’s a cool trail along the river at Lee’s Ferry and great side canyons like Salt and Soap Canyon.

The most popular west rim hike is Havasu Falls, but at 20 miles it’s not much of a day hike.  If you want a more isolated experience you can drive 60 miles of dirt roads to Toroweap to access the steep and rugged Lava Falls trail and check out rafters going though one of the Grand Canyons largest rapids.

In Grand Canyon National Park the corridor trails are the most popular and some of the most beautiful hiking trails.  These trails include the Bright Angel Trail, South Kaibab Trail and North Kaibab Trail.  The campgrounds along these trail are also the most popular and include Indian Gardens, Bright Angel and Cottonwood Campgrounds.