Last week I shared my top two must-see places in Sedona, Arizona. This week I will be sharing my top trails in the Grand Canyon. The Grand Canyon is also a national park located in Arizona. The canyon is 277 miles long and around 6000 feet deep. It is known as one of the seven natural wonders of the world, and the rock found at the bottom of the canyon is said to be about 2 billion years old. The Grand Canyon became a national park in 1919. All these trails I would recommend visiting in the summer and fall because The Grand Canyon does get snow in winter and early spring (even until March, scroll for photos of that). I have visited the Grand Canyon three times and I have seen totally different views each time, so there is definitely a lot to see here.
The first trail you need to add on your list is Bright Angel trail.
Bright angel is an 8-mile-long hike down the canyon and then 8 miles back up. It has a 4,380-foot elevation change and is along the South Rim of the Canyon. The trail is full of switch backs but is one of the most well-known trails through the canyon. It is well kept with lots of rest spots, water stations and a few covered rest houses. Even with all the water stations, you should still carry plenty of water, and I would recommend packing a few healthy snacks. To the right are photos of Bright Angel trail.
The next trail you don’t want to miss is South Kaibab Trail.
South Kaibab is a bit trickier. The trail is steep and has very minimal shade, and no water stations. This trail has a 7,260-foot elevation change, so it is much steeper than the other trail. Rangers do not recommend attempting to hike from the rim to the river and back in one day as it is a large elevation change. I recommend the short-day hike of 1.8 miles round trip that takes you to Ooh Ahh point; it is a steep hike down and about half way to Cedar Ridge. Cedar Ridge is the maximum distance the park rangers recommend hiking in one day, especially in summer. To the right are photos of South Kaibab Trail.
I hope you enjoyed reading my tips and experiences at the Grand Canyon and that all your Arizona adventures go smoothly.
Have Lovely Travels,