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“Beautiful stroll”
Review of Rim Trail

Rim Trail
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Grand Canyon South Rim Air and Land Tour from Salt Lake City
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Owner description: Scenic and level walking trail, which is easy enough to bring the kids.
Roanoke, Virginia
Level 6 Contributor
286 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Beautiful stroll”
Reviewed January 3, 2013

You can walk all along the major South Rim attractions on this trail from Bright Angel to Yaki Point. It is well worth the walk (even when it was 20F outside). Stunning!

Visited December 2012
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Springfield, Tennessee
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“Easy walk...away from the crowds”
Reviewed December 13, 2012

Most visitors to the grand canyon see it between May and August and most see it from Mathers point and the village as this is where the tour buses go. If you want to get away from the crowd, the rim trail is your answer. The park service has built a wonderful 27 mile trail alon the rim that is mostly paved and most of it is level enough for all ages and strollers. Most people that walk it will walk the section between the village and mathers point. If you want even more solitude, pick a section other than this one. Whichever part you walk, you will be rewarded with endless magnificient views of the canyon and far more solitude than you will get in the village. I walked several miles of it with my granddaughter in a stroller with no problem. As you get away from the crowds, you will also see more wildlife, elk, squirrels, the prolific chipmunks and if lucky a condor or two. At sunrise or sunset, the trail is even more awe inspiring. You can quickly feel as if you have the canyon all to yourself. If you are there for more than a day, you can pick different sections on different days. The distances are clearly marked on the trails and the maps and the convenient free shuttles are always nearby when your legs says stop. Much of the trail is also accesible by bicycle. All of the south rim trailheads start at r near the rim trail. For hikers of all ages and capabilities.

Visited November 2012
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Thomasville, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 426 helpful votes
“Easy Path with Spectacular Views”
Reviewed December 13, 2012

This is a wonderful trail for people who don't love to hike or don't have the ability to hike. It's paved, level and offers numerous overlooks with memorable vistas. We saw a desert bighorn sheep on a ledge several feet below the trail as he made his bed for a nap. We also saw a huge elk with an enormous rack nestled up against the Thunderbird Lodge, right beside the trail. This is your key to the Grand Canyon!

Visited November 2012
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Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada
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“Each turn...breath taking”
Reviewed December 6, 2012

We saw the sunrise at a few vistas along the west end. Then we strolled from bright angel to the geological museum. Easy walk, incredible views and amazing to watch the sun play off of the canyon. Loved the chipmunks! Saw some elk..even a baby elk!

Not crowded. Most time it was just me, my honey and the canyon!

Visited December 2012
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Spring, Texas
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“Easy hike with magnificant views”
Reviewed December 5, 2012

I did this walk with my wife and kids. We picked up the trail at the shuttle exchange point near the Bright Angel Lodge. Walking along the path you get the usual spread of tourists near the shuttle points. The sections in between the overlooks are decidly more peaceful. We walked from the shuttle point all the way to The Abyss shuttle stop and then took the bus to Hermits Rest.

the trail itself is a very easy hike 90% of the time. It's not backcountry and a few times you walk alongside the road or even on the road shoulder. A few spots have steep grades and some rocky bits to navigate as you get off the paved portion and on to the gravel track.

Views of the GC are spectacular but that's to be expected. That's why you visit. The shuttle stops can be frustrating as they are some of the best views but with the most people clamoring to get a quick selfie and then head back to the shuttle. Be patient and wait for the crowd to clear and you'll be rewarded with a few minutes of this grand spectacle all to yourself.

Great for kids and perfect for doing an open-ended hike where you just pick up a shuttle when you get tired, hungry or weather moves in. Hermits Rest has food and drink and a gift shop. The crowds can be large at times but clear when the shuttles leave. This is the hike to do if you don't have the time or stamina to go on one of the trails that go into the canyon.

Visited November 2012
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