Rim Trail

Rim Trail, Grand Canyon National Park: Address, Phone Number, Rim Trail Reviews: 5/5

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Scenic and level walking trail, which is easy enough to bring the kids.
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TravelMom
Minnesota281 contributions
Mar 2021 • Family
First time at GC for our family — two adults, 14 year olds and 11 year old. We love to hike but weren’t outfitted for ice on the trails going into the canyon so opted to hike the rim going west from Bright Angel Trail overlook to Hermits Rest. It was mostly flat, partially paved, and millions of jaw-dropping views from the trail and many overlooks. Some shade. A couple bathrooms along the way. My son’s watch said we ended up covering 8.5 miles. (My 11 y.o. was dragging the last two.) It took about 4.5 hours — we went at a leisurely pace and enjoyed the views. We took the shuttle back to Bright Angel where we parked.
We originally planned to ride the shuttle all the way to Hermits Rest and then hike back. But when we were about to get on the shuttle the driver said it took one hour to go west to Hermits Rest, but only 20 minutes for the drive back (due to less stops on the east-bound route). So we ended up hiking west. I think the views would actually be better if you did what we originally planned b/c you’d be constantly looking ahead into the canyon. But we couldn’t stomach the thought of riding on the bus for an hour and listening to the driver go on and on about wearing masks. Btw the park’s policy is to wear a mask when social distancing isn’t possible....which it always was given the sparse amount of people in early March. We appreciated the rational, common sense approach. We loved our day at the Grand Canyon!
Written March 7, 2021
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travelerfromsj
San Jose, CA1,691 contributions
Apr 2022
The Rim Trail is an easy way to enjoy amazing views of the Grand Canyon. The most crowded portions are in Grand Canyon Village and near Mather Point and Yavapai Point. For the best experience, get away from the crowds by walking part of the Rim Trail between Hermits Rest and Grand Canyon Village. We took the red shuttle to Maricopa Point at around 8:30 am and walked to Hermits Rest, about 7.6 miles in total, but you can walk as little or as much as you like. Very easy with great views, and not a lot of people until we got to Hermits Rest around noon. The best part of the trail was from Powell Point to Monument Creek Vista, which is a dirt path (not paved) that gets you close to the edge of the canyon, although not too close! The part of the trail between Monument Creek Vista and Pima Point is a paved walk through pygmy forest rather than along the Grand Canyon Rim, plus it’s shared with bikes, so I would recommend skipping that portion. There are restrooms at Hopi Point and Hermits Rest.
Written April 21, 2022
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lqs
Huntington Beach, CA118 contributions
Jun 2020
Although it says Rim Trail, this isn't a hike It's a wide paved walkway that goes along the top area of the canyon. Flat, easy to push stroller or wheelchair. Lots of photo op spots. If you're looking to hike and explore rather than just view scenery then you might be bored with this option. During covid it was fairly open but busier mid afternoon when the Williams train dropped off passengers.
Written July 30, 2020
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NatParkHikerJess
Peoria, IL1,610 contributions
Jul 2021
What's great about the Rim Trail is you can pop on it just for a viewpoint or walk the entire length of it if you really want to. It is mostly level with a bit of up and down. There are amazing views of the canyon wherever you go. The areas near the visitor center and the villages are busier, but you can also get away from the crowds.

We stayed at a Bright Angel rim view cabin and it was just steps from our door, so we popped out on the rim trail many times to enjoy the view. I loved watching sunset from the trail up by the El Tovar hotel. It was not very crowded. For sunrise, we just went out our front door of our cabin and watched from the trail there. My advice for sunrise/sunset is to not go to one of the popular stops like Mather Point to avoid crowds.

I also wanted to mention that I have a fear of heights but was fine with this trail. It is usually very wide and has a rock wall in many places. In areas with not much of a guard rail, I just stayed far back from the rim.
Written August 5, 2021
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Rodney B
Waukesha, WI1,106 contributions
Nov 2020 • Couples
This trail runs along the rim. If you start at the village and head towards Hermits Rest you can hop on and off the bus when you get tired. Great views all along the way. Be sure to stop at Hermit's Rest at the end of the road for a look at this historic Mary Coulter building. There are restrooms, a gift shop and a snack shop here as well. There are pit toilets at Hopi Point alomg the way which is also a great spot to watch the sunset. You can also walk the rim trail to the East from the village for more great views.
Written November 13, 2020
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cindyp_nola
New Orleans, LA632 contributions
Nov 2021
The Red Line on the Shuttle service will take you to each of the 10 stops along the Rim Trail so the you can see the Grand Canyon at you own pace. Starting at Pipe Creek Vista and ending at Hermit's Rest lookout point, take the bus or walk between, Mather Point, Powell Point, Maricopa Point. Hopi Point and Pima Point. It is stunning.
Written November 21, 2021
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Zoom_Gotti
Henderson, NV1,343 contributions
Mar 2020
I visit the South Rim area maybe four times a year. Usually for a day, but sometimes with others for a longer stay. I've reviewed the entire trail three years ago but just wanted to update this once in a lifetime experience you'll get by walking even part of this trail network. This time I only had a couple of hours on my way home from the Phoenix area, so I decided to do just a small portion of the West Rim. Catch the trail just behind the bus shelter for the Red Route and begin to walk on a slight upgrade. You'll find some benches placed along the way, usually at neat viewpoints, to rest. Your starting view will be the vast expanse into the canyon looking north and also down at the Bright Angel Trail almost in its entirety (at least down to Indian Gardens where it cuts away down to the river). You'll keep this view for a while as you continue to the Trail Overlook and Maricopa Point site. From here the view will orient a bit westerly to Powell Point (for John Wesley Powell). There are places where you can dip away from a more newly paved section of the trail and scamper over toward the rim for more solitude and great sights. Note as you approach Powell Point from Maricopa that you're walking above an old mining operation shut down a while back but still monitored for radioactivity. The Park Service has screened off the area they don't want you to approach, so I assume we're all safe from contamination. But I don't really know that. Once at Powell Point you will have walked just over 2 miles if you've taken all the trail spurs to the overlooks. There is a bus stop here heading back to the Bright Angel sector and from there you can transfer back to wherever you want. Very active walkers might want to do the entire 7 miles to Hermit's Rest. But my suggestion for this, is to take the bus to the Rest and walk the 7 miles back to the Bright Angel. Fast walkers might do this in the 3 hour range. But if you stop to gaze around and snack a bit, make this outing 5-7. My rule of thumb is usually 10 AM to 5 PM along this part of the trail. Please don't miss this opportunity. Many people do.
Written March 7, 2020
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Zoom_Gotti
Henderson, NV1,343 contributions
Feb 2022
Back here once again. In January and February you can drive the Hermit Road. After that the bus shuttle kicks in and the road closes to most private vehicles. So I waited for a couple of clear, warmer days and made the trip over. Parked at Hopi Point and walked the half mile or so back to the Powell Memorial where I left off last time. Then back to Hopi and on to Mohave. Views were outstanding. Some snow on ground but nothing serious enough to handicap the walk. Because I had the use of my own vehicle, I returned to it and drove on to the Abyss, Monument Vista, and Pima Point, winding up at the Hermit Rest for a bit of a rest and snack. On my next visit here I'll try to cover the space between Mohave and Hermit on foot. Since you're reading this, you should do something like this, too!
Written February 22, 2022
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rdrees
San Francisco, CA34 contributions
Apr 2021
We hiked from the Geology Museum to Hermit’s Rest as two parents with 14, 12, and 9 year olds kids. It was an intense 12 miles (we took the shuttle back) with unrelenting incredible and overwhelming views of the Grand Canyon. The Canyon is so massive that the various viewpoints, while all individually amazing, don’t really differ that much in their experience, so this may not be a really “necessary” hike. In other words, taking the shuttle through some or all of it, or skipping a viewpoint or two, won’t really detract meaningfully from the experience. The one downside is that the trail is well maintained for most of the beginning and for the last couple miles to Hermit’s Rest, but is a poorly maintained dirt trail for a couple miles in the middle.
Written April 10, 2021
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David D
Murrieta, CA97 contributions
Jan 2020
We walked from the Visitor Center to the El Tovar Hotel and it was a memorable experience. the views are incredible but since it was January, the trail was cold and covered in ice. It made the walk treacherous so my wife and I were forced to leave the trail and walk through the woods in several spots. The trail could also use a few more signs showing the distance to landmarks.
Written January 12, 2020
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