The park newsletter does not have a very attractive description of the Cliff Springs Trail, which may be why it does not seem to be very well traveled. In spite of this, visitors to the North Rim who drive the Cape Royal Road should really consider the short hike down this lovely canyon for it's scenic value and the interesting rock art and small granary it passes.
Starting just down the hill from the Cape Royal Overlook, the trail immediately heads down into a small valley, passing the granary ruin in a few hundred feet. The valley descends into a side canyon that has interesting overhanging rocks and eventually some nice views into the Grand Canyon. Much of the trail is along a ledge in the canyon that makes the hike quite easy and flat. Eventually the trail reaches an alcove with many pictograph handprints, several of which unfortunately seem to have been defaced. But it is clear that this wet spring was once very important to the Anasazi people who seasonally lived in the area. The spring for which the trail is named was disappointingly small at the time of this writing, but perhaps it flows more in a wetter year. Nevertheless, the trail is well worth the effort for it's beauty and historical significance.