We did a rim-to-river-to-rim hike with reservations at Phantom Ranch in January. We traveled down the South Kaibab trailhead. The views are absolutely spectacular!
Do be prepared. There is very little shade on the trail. There is no water available on the trail. There are bathrooms at Cedar Ridge and Tip Off (they happened to be very clean the day we were there). At the time we were there, there was no ice or snow on the trail making it very easily traveled.
It took us four hours to get from the trailhead to the river; we shortly stopped to snack/bathroom twice. We also stopped several times for photographs.
For a more strenuous day hike, consider going to just past Skeleton point where you can get a glimpse of the Colorado River.
Also note that there are toilets and water at the trailhead; the orange bus makes a stop at the trailhead. There was not a picnic table available in winter at the trailhead, but we found some nice rocks to sit on at the rim. What a view!!
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