Grand Canyon's South Rim

Tusayan, Arizona

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Grand. As in huge, as in great, as in stupendous. There is no word in our language that better describes the canyon than its very name. It was the noted English author J.B. Priestley who said of the Grand Canyon that “those who have not seen it will not believe any possible description. Those who have seen it know that it cannot be described.” Its worldwide fame is attested to by the staggering number of foreign visitors who make it a must-see on their visits to America. Just what is it that makes the Grand Canyon one of the most spectacular sights in all the world? Certainly size is one factor. It is 277 miles long and ranges from four to 21 miles wide. From the top of the rim to the canyon floor it is 5,700 feet on the north, and 4,500 feet on the south side. Imagine looking down a drop of a mile or more! Its colors are another factor. Every shade in the color spectrum seems to be represented, but the beautiful purple shading is probably the most impressive. Its geological significance is a final factor. In its uncountable layers are represented the natural history of the earth – a scientific treasure chest. This eTrail explains in detail how to tour the park. In addition to a park map the details include driving tours, outdoor recreation, accommodations, campgrounds, dining, and more.

Grand Canyon's South Rim Professional Review and Guide

"Grand. As in huge, as in great, as in stupendous. There is no word in our language that better describes the canyon than its very name. It was the noted English author J.B. Priestley who said of the Grand Canyon that “those who have not seen it will not believe any possible description. Those who have seen it know that it cannot be described.” Its worldwide fame is attested to by the staggering number of foreign visitors who make it a must-see on their visits to America. Just what is it that makes the Grand Canyon one of the most spectacular sights in all the world? Certainly size is one factor.

It is 277 miles long and ranges from four to 21 miles wide. From the top of the rim to the canyon floor it is 5,700 feet on the north, and 4,500 feet on the south side. Imagine looking down a drop of a mile or more! Its colors are another factor. Every shade in the color spectrum seems to be represented, but the beautiful purple shading is probably the most impressive. Its geological significance is a final factor. In its uncountable layers are represented the natural history of the earth – a scientific treasure chest. This eTrail explains in detail how to tour the park. In addition to a park map the details include driving tours, outdoor recreation, accommodations, campgrounds, dining, and more."

Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Tusayan
Season: Year-round, best April through November
Local Contacts: Contact information for the park, accommodations, and dining are included in the eTrail.
Driving Directions: Directions to Grand Canyon's South Rim

Recent Trail Reviews

4/1/2018
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What a great drive! This gives you the full view along the South Rim (including West and East Rims). If you're lucky and you're visiting during the less busy months you can actually drive and find parking. We did almost witness a fight to death over a parking spot and we were there in April! The shuttle buses are great though and come often so the wait wasn't terrible. The Watchtower at Desert View was cool--big hit with the kids. Plus, the trading post there has ice cream for a special treat.


11/26/2005
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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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May 2018