Grandview Trail

Grand Canyon National Park

Colorado River Grand Canyon, Arizona

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  • Beginning the steep descent down Grandview Trail, Grand Canyon National Park.- Grandview Trail
  • Vegetation is surprisingly lush on these north-facing slopes.- Grandview Trail
  • Taking a break to soak in the views of Grand Canyon National Park.- Grandview Trail
  • Early on in the steep descent.- Grandview Trail
  • This trail is not short on scenery.- Grandview Trail
  • Even if the day starts out clear, thunderstorms can pop up quickly on summer afternoons.- Grandview Trail
  • Taking shelter from a brief thunder shower in Grand Canyon National Park.- Grandview Trail
  • Parts of the trail can be a treacherous if you aren't careful.- Grandview Trail
  • The heat intensifies as you descend into the canyon.- Grandview Trail
  • Historic structure on Horseshoe Mesa.- Grandview Trail
  • The trail continues across Horseshoe Mesa for bonus adventure and views.- Grandview Trail
  • Incredible viewpoint on the tip of Horseshoe Mesa.- Grandview Trail
  • Traversing a narrow isthmus of rock that forms half of the "horseshoe."- Grandview Trail
  • Glimpse of the Colorado River and some fascinating geology from Horseshoe Mesa.- Grandview Trail
  • Early and late day are the best times to hike in Grand Canyon National Park.- Grandview Trail
  • Be sure to conserve plenty of water for the steep trek back up.- Grandview Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Good day hike options. No mules. Less crowded.
Cons: 
Steep and rugged in some places.
Region:
Colorado River Grand Canyon, AZ
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
No
Net Elevation Gain: 
-2,500.00 ft (-762.00 m)
Parking Pass: 
National Park Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Suitable for: 
Hiking
Total Distance: 
6.00 mi (9.66 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
7,400.00 ft (2,255.52 m)
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Hike Description

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Grandview Trail makes an excellent alternative to the more crowded South Kaibab and Bright Angel trails of the South Rim, and it is actually a better alternative in many ways. The views from this eastern route are different and every bit as spectacular as what you will get from the Grand Canyon Village area. Also, you don't have to hike as far or as deep to get a glimpse of the Colorado River and the canyon's bottom-most rock layers. On Grandview, you won't have to contend with as many people or any mule traffic, though the trade off is that this trail is less maintained and more rugged in places. All in all, Grandview is a great choice for hikers seeking a challenging and rewarding day hike into the canyon.

Any distance down the trail and back up is worth it, so only go as far as you feel you can safely return uphill. The ultimate goal is to make it to the tip of Horseshoe Mesa for views up and down the canyon and the river in the bottom, but this requires proper preparation and physical fitness. A good option for beginners and those without much time is to go 1.1 miles to Coconino Saddle. Past this point the trail gets slightly more difficult. To Horseshoe Mesa is 3 miles one way, and to get all the way to the end of the mesa is about one additional mile on easy terrain.

Where the trail first crosses onto the mesa is the site of a copper mine from the late 1800s. The old mine site is closed, but you can view the remnants of some historic buildings nearby. There are backcountry toilets here and a campground (permit required for overnight stays). Also from this area are a few junctions where trails continue out to the two arms that form the "horseshoe" of this U-shaped mesa. Go the extra distance to one of those two points for the truly grand views.

Note: There is no water available anywhere along the trail or at the trailhead, so bring plenty. Also bring snacks to stay fueled. It's important to eat even when you are thirsty. See our tips for How to Hike the Grand Canyon to help prepare.

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