A sturdy pair of hiking boots, plenty of water and sense of adventure is all you need to explore one of the world’s most iconic natural wonders on foot. A five-million-year-old canyon bursting with magnificent views and scenic trails, exploring the Grand Canyon South Rim is like walking through an outdoor museum.
With over 400 million visitors per year to HotelsCombined, we’ve done the legwork for you and have scouted the top five trails worth trekking to in the South Rim. These Grand Canyon’s trails extend from the South Rim down to the Colorado River, where you can choose your adventure based on your skill level, from an easy walk along the popular Bright Angel Trail to rewarding vistas along the more challenging Grandview Trail. Want to experience the full splendour of the canyon’s beauty? We’ve also listed some of the best lookout points in Grand Canyon South Rim where you’ll find iconic panoramic views during your hike, including a few unobstructed spots that are perfect for capturing a sunset.
While you can book a hotel directly on the South Rim, we also suggest considering the small resort town Tusayan where the Grand Canyon National Park Airport is located or the family-friendly Grand Canyon Village only three kilometres from the Grand Canyon Visitor Center.
1. Rim Trail
Extending from the Kolb Studio in the Grand Canyon Village to Hermits Rest, the Rim Trail stretches nearly 20 kilometres. Don’t stress, as you won’t have to hike the whole trail to reap its rewards because the entire trail boasts some of the best panoramas in the park. Shuttles are also available along the way for when you’re ready for a break.