8 Amazing Hikes in Grand Canyon National Park

Hit the trail in one of America's most scenic national parks.

When entering the Grand Canyon, you might expect the worst of the worst of national park crowds and sometimes - especially when visiting the more popular and more easily accessible South Rim - you'd be right. You can't blame people from around the world who flock here, but if you want to find the experience you came for (a little peace and quiet with a beautiful view) the best way to do that is hit the trail and get away from the visitors center. 

The Grand Canyons is a BIG place (duh), so an extended trip into the backcountry would be ideal to see as much as you can. But if you're not going to be backpacking in the Grand Canyon, these day hikes ought to do the trick.

Photo: Jared Blitz

There's not really a bad view in the Grand Canyon, but Point Imperial is the highest point in the whole park, so it's definitely one of the best. Learn more.

Photo: Mike Gabbert

Sunset Nook lives up the the name. It's the perfect quick hike to settle in for a sunset with gorgeous panoramic views. Learn more.

Photo: Matt Eaton

Three sides of the point have steep, dramatic exposure so be sure to be super careful if you choose to venture towards the edges. Learn more.

Photo: Jared Blitz

If you're looking for a sunrise spot, this is a great place to set up with a cup of coffee and your camera. At sunset, however, it gets a little more crowded. Learn more.

Photo: Benny Barret

Ready to get a little further away from the crowds? This 9-mile round trip hike is a solid workout that covers a lot of ground and different parts of the canyon and the Colorado River. Learn more.

Photo: John Stambaugh

For an even longer hike, the Bright Angel Trail is an excellent option and is one of the most beloved trails in the park. Learn more.

Photo: Jared Blitz

This super short hike is not exactly a hidden gem, nor off the beaten path. In fact, the whole area is handicap accessible. That said, it's one of the best views in the South Rim and if the moon isn't shining, it's an amazing spot for astrophotography. Learn more.

Photo: Kevin Kaminski

The Nankoweap Granaries are technically a day hike, but you'll need to begin the short hike from your campsite on a river rafting trip. Guess you'll just have to plan a Grand Canyon river rafting trip, won't you?! Learn more.

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Cover photo: Kevin Kaminski

Published: September 4, 2018

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