The Grand Canyon Rim Trail along the South Rim is an easy day hike and a great way to get spectacular views of the Grand Canyon.
Most of the Rim Trail is flat, except for the portion to Hermits Rest. The trail is very well defined and much of the trail is paved.
During winter, the trail may be icy and slippery, so use caution. During the summer, be aware of lightning during the summer thunderstorms.
You are permitted to take your leashed pet on the trail, but pets are not allowed on the shuttle buses.
You can access the Rim Trail from any viewpoint in Grand Canyon Village or along Hermit Road. You can easily access the trail from many of the park shuttle bus stops.
The Rim Trail is 6,820 feet in elevation and only varies about 200 feet. There is shade along the trail, but no water, so be sure to carry plenty of water and some snacks. You can get water in Grand Canyon Village and at Hermits Rest.
The Rim Trail stretches from Pipe Creek Vista west to Hermits Rest, a distance of approximately twelve miles and most of the trail is paved.
Between Pipe Creek Vista and Bright Angel Lodge only a few short sections of the trail have grades that exceed handicap accessibility standards.
West of Bright Angel Lodge, the Rim Trail narrows and climbs the Bright Angel Fault to viewpoints along Hermit Road.
Between Powell Point and Monument Creek Vista the Rim Trail is a 3 feet wide and is a dirt trail. The section of the Rim Trail between Monument Creek Vista and Hermits Rest is also known as the Hermit Road Greenway Trail.
Whenever you hike in the Grand Canyon area, you need to carry plenty of water. In addition to water, you need to eat and high energy snacks help provide the energy that you need. Always plan your hike before you begin. Know how far you can hike and don't hike beyond your physical capabilities. Remember that the Rim Trail is at a higher elevation than you might be use to and summer days are hot!