Hike to the Grand Canyon's Sunset Nook

Rate this Adventure Arizona Grandview Trail - Grand Canyon

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.

Pack List

  • Camping chair
  • Jacket
  • Hiking shoes
  • Snacks
  • Water/beverages
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Added by Michael Gabbert

Minnesotan living in Seattle. Email: mjgabbert@gmail.com

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