Hiking Information from the National Park Service
The National Park Service Grand Canyon offers a large amount of information about hiking the Grand Canyon, and Trip Planning, available as an app or in PDF Format. Check out the links below App and Shuttle Bus Information.
Grand Canyon, AZ – Grand Canyon National Park joins multiple national parks across the country by offering an official park app. This free app is available for download for iPhone and Android mobile phones. Cellular service and Wi-Fi locations are limited within the park, so visitors are encouraged to download the app and all of its offline content before arriving for the best user experience.
Grand Canyon National Park has a handy Trip Planner in PDF format that you can download, save and/or print.
This Trip Planner includes maps and detailed information, including Backcountry Trip Planning information, for both the North Rim and the South Rim.
Grand Canyon National Park provides several shuttle services to help visitors get where they want. This service is free for visitors who have purchased a National Park Pass.
Shuttles are a great way to get around the park without the hassle of finding parking.
HIKING TIPS AND INFORMATION
Each year, more than 200 people need to be rescued from the Grand Canyon, and this is something that is costly and dangerous for the rescuers, and something that is almost completely preventable if hikers follow the recommendations of the NPS for hiking in the Grand Canyon.
The first thing people need to realize is that there ARE no ‘easy’ trails into or out the canyon, and every hike should involve research, planning, and more planning.
DO NOT ATTEMPT TO HIKE FROM THE RIM TO THE RIVER AND BACK IN ONE DAY, ESPECIALLY BETWEEN MAY-SEPTEMBER!
For all hikes, consult and follow these tips from the NPS. All information for this webpage was obtained from the NPS Website.
Many options are available for day hikers. The South Rim offers rim trail hikes that have spectacular views of the inner canyon, some on paved trails. Or you can choose to day hike into the canyon. Permits are not required for non-commercial day hikes.
Day hiking can be a safer and more enjoyable choice than an overnight trip into a difficult area that is beyond the capabilities of any single member of your group.
To obtain the most current information, always visit the South Rim Day Hike Page
The Rim Trail extends from the village area to Hermits Rest. Begin from any viewpoint in the Village or along Hermit Road. The Rim Trail offers excellent walking for quiet views of the inner canyon and for visitors who desire an easy hike. No water west of Bright Angel Lodge. Part of the trail is paved and accessible.
Rim Trail (Destinations, distances and services shown in a table)
Rim Trail (Hike Smart information and a detailed map)
(Steep) The Bright Angel Trail begins just west of Bright Angel Lodge and offers day hikes that range in distance up to 12 miles (round trip). Some shade. Seasonal water subject to pipeline breaks. Check at the Visitor Center or Backcountry Information Center for water status. Upper portion of the trail may be extremely icy in winter or early spring.
Bright Angel Trail (Map, Details and Mileage)
(Steep) The South Kaibab Trail begins south of Yaki Point on Yaki Point Road. Offers day hikes that range in distance up to 6 miles (round trip). Best views for a relatively short hike. Steep trail, no water, little shade. Water available seasonally at the trailhead. Upper portion of the trail may be extremely icy in winter or early spring.
South Kaibab Trail (Map, Details and Mileage)
(Steep) The Hermit Trail offers hikes to Santa Maria Spring, 5 miles (round trip), and Dripping Springs, 7 miles (round trip). Trail conditions are tougher than the Bright Angel and South Kaibab Trails. Unmaintained steep trail requires caution. Begins 500 feet west of Hermits Rest. Water from springs must be treated before drinking. For experienced desert hikers. Hiking boots recommended.
Hermit Trail (Map, Details and Mileage)
(Very Steep) The Grandview Trail offers hikes to Coconino Saddle, 2.2 miles (round trip), and Horseshoe Mesa, 6.4 miles (round trip). Trail conditions are tougher than the Bright Angel and South Kaibab Trails. Unmaintained steep trail requires caution. Begins on canyon side of retaining wall at Grandview Point on Desert View Drive (12 miles east of village). For experienced desert hikers. Hiking boots recommended.
Grandview Trail (Map, Details and Mileage)
Going on a hike is wonderful way to experience some of the canyon’s rich natural beauty and immense size. However, even if you are an avid hiker, hiking the Grand Canyon is very different from most other hiking experiences.
Backcountry Permits are required when camping anywhere in the park, other than in developed campgrounds on the North Rim or the South Rim.
To obtain the most current information, always visit the NPS Backcountry Information Page
Last Minute Permit for Corridor Campgrounds
A limited number of last minute walk-up permits are available at the South Rim and/or North Rim Backcountry Information Center for Corridor Campgrounds (Indian Garden, Bright Angel, and Cottonwood Campgrounds). These permits are issued in person only, are for one or two consecutive nights, and cannot be purchased more than one day prior to the start of a hike.
Last minute permits are issued by the Backcountry Information Center.