• Activities:

    Photography, Snowshoeing, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Year Round

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    2 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    100 Feet

Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Forest
Romantic
Scenic

Experience the exposure of the Grand Canyon’s edge at Shoshone Point along the south rim of the canyon inside Grand Canyon National Park. 

A two mile round trip and relatively fast hike, Shoshone Point lies only about a mile from the parking lot and is an easy hike along a dirt road to a stunning vista. The trailhead is on Desert View Dr (Highway 64) about 3.5 miles east of the junction of highways 180 and 64. Look for the trail on the north side of the road as you drive east on Desert View Dr and you will see a parking area with room for 5 or 6 cars, and a gate that blocks the dirt road.

Follow the dirt road for about a mile until you will see a pavilion that is available as an event space, permits required. While there are no restrooms at the trailhead, there are at this location. Continue on a small and narrow (exposed) trail out onto a small rock outcropping where you are surrounded on three sides by dramatic exposure and breathtaking views on the Grand Canyon. Walk out to the edge for those who are not afraid of heights! 

This hike is also available as a snow shoe hike in the winter. 

As every where else in the national park, dogs are only allowed on paved walkways, not trails. Please be aware and respectful of these regulations and as always, leave no trace. 

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As with any hike in the desert, be sure to bring plenty of water as appropriate for the temperature and duration of your hike. 

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Greetings! I am an outdoor lifestyle and adventure photographer based in Denver, Colorado. Loving life since 1983. I hope you find some of my adventures below helpful and inspiring!

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