Rim Trail

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona 86023

Distance3.0mi
Elevation Gain530ft
Trailhead Elevation7,063ft
Top7,064ft
Elevation Min/Max6887/7064ft
Elevation Start/End7063/7063ft

Rim Trail

Rim Trail is a hiking trail in Coconino County, Arizona. It is within Grand Canyon National Park. It is three miles long and begins at 7,063 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 530 feet. The Yavapai Observation Station museum, the Bright Angel Lodge (elevation 6,854 feet) and El Tovar Hotel (elevation 6,906 feet) hotels, the Park Headquarters South Rim information, the GQ0296/GRAND CANYON EL TOVAR GAB survey point, the Bright Angel Restaurant restaurant, the Buckey O'Neill Cabin attraction, and the Mules farmland are near the trailhead. There are also a cliff, grass, and bicycle parking. The Kolb Studio Museum museum, the Thunderbird Lodge hotel, the Kolb Studio public building, Yavapai Point (elevation 6,841 feet) and other cliffs, Grandeur Point (elevation 7,037 feet), Mary Jane Coulter Lookout and another viewpoint, and the Verkamp's visitor Center information office can be seen along the trail. The trail ends near the Kachina Lodge hotel, the Mather Point Amphitheater cliff, and the Mather Point (elevation 7,119 feet) viewpoint. This trail connects with the following: West Rim Trail and Bright Angel Trail.

Rim Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"The fascination with the Grand Canyon spans every age, nationality, and experience. The view into the chasm appears to be pure illusion, for it seems that nothing can be that deep, that mysterious, that endless. While volumes have been written about its majesty, no words or pictures can do justice to the happy shock of coming upon it. One writer notes that people who stare across and into the magnificent abyss, no matter how many pictures they’ve seen of it, find themselves instinctively looking back to check that the earth they’re standing on is solid. Although you may suppose that it will be enough for you to just stand and gaze at this massive split in the heart of the earth, once you arrive you’ll discover that you may want to participate more fully in the canyon experience. Then you must decide how to do it, for there are many ways to see the South Rim. You can travel on foot, on horseback, or cling to a mule. You can view the Grand Canyon from the top down: flying over it in a small plane or helicopter; or from the bottom up: riding the torrents of the Colorado River rapids. This chapter from the DayTrips series describes many fascinating, exciting, (and many free of charge) things to do, most within a two-hour drive of Flagstaff. Each Day Trip includes destination highlights, places to visit along the way, choice restaurants and lodging, and shopping."

"The scenic Rim Trail is arguably Grand Canyon National Park’s finest easy day hike. Nowhere else in the park do Grand Canyon vistas unfold in such breathtaking dimensions.

Although the trail often closely follows park roads, segments of the trail (notably, between Yavapai Point and the lodge complex, and between The Abyss and Pima Point) deviate from the course of the road, allowing hikers to enjoy interesting perspectives of the Canyon in comparative solitude."

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4/1/2018
This hike is awesome. You could do the whole thing or just pop in and do a section where ever you want. Kids loved it because it was pretty easy with epic non-stop views.
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12/22/2010
Beautiful views of the canyon all along this hike. Keep your camera handy. Easy walking. We did this hike twice.
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11/26/2005
The South Rim trail offers the easiest walking in the Grand Canyon. Since you are walking along the Grand Canyon, the views are never the same twice with changes in cloud patterns dappling the canyon and dramatic sunsets and sunrises. This trail is perfect for those just driving through or with young children. Be prepared for bumper to bumper walkers. Be aware trails are not heavily marked, so use the park's guide maps to know where you are and where you want to go.
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Trail Information

Grand Canyon National Park
Nearby City
Grand Canyon National Park
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
USGS Phantom Ranch and Grand Canyon; Trails Illustrated Grand Canyon National Park; Earthwalk Grand Canyon National Park (entire trail shown only on Earthwalk map)
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Sep 2018