Day Hikes at the South Rim

Upper South Kaibab Trail

A great day hike is from the South Kaibab Trailhead (accessible only via the Kaibab Shuttle) to Cedar Ridge, a distance of 1.5 miles one-way. There are panoramic views of O'Neill Butte and the canyon as the trail comes out onto a ridge. Remember, the return hike is all uphill and much harder.

Rim Trail

Rim Trail

The Rim Trail follows the South Rim for nearly 13 miles from Hermits Rest to South Kaibab Trailhead. It is an excellent trail to start with as elevation changes are limited to 300 feet, and the Village, Hermit, and Kaibab Trail shuttles stop at all the major viewpoints along the trail. You can walk between shuttle stops and make the hike as long or short as you want. The section between Bright Angel Lodge and Yavapai Point is handicap-accessible. The Trail of Time encompasses the paved section of the Rim Trail between Verkamps Visitor Center and the Yavapai Point Geology Museum, a distance of 1.4 miles. One meter equals one million years, starting from the oldest rocks in the Grand Canyon at just under 1.9 billion years ago, to the present. Brass markers in the trail give the time, and there are exhibits with samples of all the major Grand Canyon rock layers along the way, as well as informative signs.

Hermit Trail

This unmaintained trail starts from Hermits Rest at the end of the Hermit Road. Good destinations are Santa Maria Spring, which is 1.4 miles one-way, and Dripping Spring, which is 2.7 miles one-way. Neither spring is reliable, so carry your own water. Both destinations offer excellent views of Hermit CanyonDo not attempt to hike to the river and back in one day!
 

Grandview Trail

This trail starts from Grandview Point on Desert View Drive. Horseshoe Mesa, 3.0 miles each way, is a great destination. The Grandview Trail is unmaintained and is much rougher and slower going than the Kaibab or Bright Angel trails. You can easily spend a few hours exploring the historic mining district. Caution: Stay out of old mine shafts.

Arizona Trail - Coconino Rim

A section of the 800-mile Arizona Trail follows the Coconino Rim southeast from Grandview Fire Lookout on the Tusayan District of the Kaibab National Forest. To reach this trailhead, drive east on Desert View Drive to the Grandview Point junction. Continue 2.0 miles east on Desert Drive, and then turn right onto the Coconino Rim Road. Drive this dirt road 1.2 miles.