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Address: Begins near the main Visitor Center complex, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ 86023
Phone Number: (928) 638-7888
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Activities: Hiking
Description: One of the two superhighways of the Grand Canyon, this well maintained and...
One of the two superhighways of the Grand Canyon, this well maintained and popular trail offers breathtaking vistas, some shaded areas, plus a number of rest stops that have drinking water.
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Best trail in Grand Canyon. We walked down 1.5 miles before turned around. Next time we will start earlier so we can have more time to go down more. very well built and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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Mountain Lakes, New Jersey, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Best trail in Grand Canyon. We walked down 1.5 miles before turned around. Next time we will start earlier so we can have more time to go down more. very well built and maintained, very safe. The view from below is totally different than from top of the rim. You have to try it.

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Thornton-le-Moor, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

You have got to love heights. The pathway is fine to walk on but close to the edge. Wonderful views.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Memorable hike - for my family going down was harder (concentration wise) than going up. Most reviews indicate that you should double your time to return up this trail - it was actually less time for us to go back up then it was to go down. Honestly - for the time, I think I would walk the rim trail... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

I'm writing the review I wanted to read when preparing to hike Grand Canyon. I searched for and spent hours, no, DAYS researching how to prepare, what to expect and looking for great tips. This year we hiked rim to rim (husband and myself-46 and 52), last year we hiked Bright Angel-spent the night and returned the next day via... More 

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Pascoag, Rhode Island
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

My boyfriend and I did the 1.5 mile hike because that's all we had time for. The views were breathtaking. The hike back up was strenuous and very steep. Bring lots of water and stop to rest. It's well worth the trip down.

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Tucson
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

This trailhead is just up the hill from the main South Rim bus station. ( red/blue line exchange and train depot)0 It offers nice views, but it is a bit steep in places. This is the trail the mules take. Personally, I would not take this trail by mule. We could see from the hoof prints that the mules like... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Great place to see the inside of the canyon. This is the trail the mules take. If you like a nice get away early morning on the trail is excellent. Great place to watch the colors change as the sun come up. Can be narrow in places, not for the acrophobic.

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Hartford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Amazing trail, sites that make your heart stop. Be prepared with lots of water, good hiking shoes and snacks. It's work to get down and lots more work to get back up. Steep.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

I have a love/hate relationship with this trail. When I first arrived on it I said to myself I loved it and I'm glad that I took this trail. After all, it was pretty. On the way back up I was cursing myself for hiking this trail. It was difficult. I didn't hike all the way down to the bottom.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

We walked down to the first tunnel and then turned around. Watch out for the mule poop though. The trail offers amazing views.

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