Hike to the Grand Canyon's Sunset Nook

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Added by Michael Gabbert

Distance: 1.5 miles roundtrip. Duration: 20 minutes. Minimal elevation gain. Panoramic views of the Grand Canyon. Peace and solitude amongst the crowds and craziness. Spectacular spot for sunsets.

While the Grand Canyon is full of spectacular views, one particular spot has always been a favorite due to the relatively easy access and the ability to separate from all of the action. To access the sunset nook, start at the Grandview Trailhead at the South Rim (a 16 minute drive from the main Visitors Center). From the parking lot you will proceed to hike down the main trailhead. The trail is steep and thin in certain areas, so if its winter or spring be particularly cautious, as there is likely ice/snow.

The trail will have a number of switchbacks prior to the sunset nook. After going down a switchback of 12 stairs, the trail turns right, leading to more stairs. Do not make the turn, but instead look for the tiny pathway situated between a small bolder and branches angled at a 45 degree angle. Take this small inlet to the sunset nook.

The nook, which has space for about 4 to 6 people, has panoramic views from the east all the way to the west. The best time for viewing sunset here is in the summer or fall, when the suns sets on a more northern path. No matter when you visit, the nook will provide you with solitude and unbelievable views in one of the most spectacular places in the country.

Note that the nook has a rock overhang so it is suitable for inclement weather and rain.

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πŸ₯‡Top Contributor

5 months ago

Stunning

Born and raised in Arizona, I've been to the Grand Canyon 7+ times, ha! This is a great, short hike, with spectacular views. As with anything at the Canyon, make sure to watch where you step, be super super careful and follow Leave No Trace ethics.

Breathtaking

The weather wasn't the best when we went to sunset nook, it was overcast but there was a little light where the sun set. We got a little confused at first at there are lots of switchbacks and little paths but we found it in the end. The views from the nook were breathtaking and it was so peaceful. It was so lovely and I'm so glad I found this on here!

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