Rim Trail

Grand Canyon National Park

Colorado River Grand Canyon, Arizona

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Rim Trail


  • Enjoying an easy morning on the rim, Grand Canyon National Park.- Rim Trail
  • Sunset from Mohave Point, Grand Canyon National Park.- Rim Trail
  • Rim Trail accesses many incredible viewpoints.- Rim Trail
  • Pausing to take it all in.- Rim Trail
  • The San Fransisco Peaks near Flagstaff, with elevations exceeding 12,000 feet, seen from near the Rim Trail.- Rim Trail
  • One of many amazing overlooks that are right along the road.- Rim Trail
  • Sunset is amazing in the Grand Canyon, and it is easy to catch from anywhere on the Rim Trail.- Rim Trail
  • Most of the Rim Trail is paved and ADA accessible.- Rim Trail
  • The Rim Trail links most of South Rim's major trailheads, like Bright Angel Trail.- Rim Trail
Overview + Weather
Amazing views. Easy access. Easy hike. Dogs allowed.
Crowded in places.
Colorado River Grand Canyon, AZ
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Net Elevation Gain: 
200.00 ft (60.96 m)
Permit required: 
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
13.00 mi (20.92 km)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
6,820.00 ft (2,078.74 m)
Typically multi-day: 
Current Local Weather:
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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When visiting the South Rim in Grand Canyon National Park, Rim Trail is the only option for a non-strenuous hike. This long path connects all the overlooks and points of interest between South Kaibab Trailhead and Hermit's Rest. Even though it parallels the road, many sections depart far enough to lose traffic noise and crowds, and venturing onto one of the countless spits of rock just off the trail allows for the illusion of having the canyon all to yourself.

Most of the trail is paved, flat, and ADA accessible, but there are sections of dirt surface and some short steep sections. You can hike any distance out and back from your car or shuttle stop, or you can hike one way by linking shuttle stops Hermit Road. This is an easy way to quickly leave named viewpoints and get the same panorama without the crowds.

Another major pro of the Rim Trail is that dogs are allowed. They must be held on a leash no longer than 6 feet, and you must always clean up and pack out any waste. This is crucial for preservation of the canyon's scenery and enjoyment of other visitors.

The trail also has interesting interpretive signs in some places. For a fun lesson on the canyon's geology, follow the Trail of Time--the portion of the rim trail between Yavapai Geology Museum and Verkamp's Visitor Center in Grand Canyon village. Along this 2.83-mile stretch, interpretive signs and actual samples of rocks from the canyon illustrate the landscape's 1.8-billion-year-old history by traveling from the canyon's oldest exposed rock layer to the youngest, with one big step along the path (one meter) representing a million years of time.

Recommended Gear

Before you head out on your next Grand Canyon National Park adventure, make sure you have the right gear! 

Here's a list of our go-to hiking essentials to get you started:

Backpack: Osprey AG Pack

Men's Manta 28L and Women's Mira 26L • $123.99 • Hip Belt, Adjustable Torso, Compression Straps, Raincover + Hydraulics LT 2.5L Water Reservoir Included


Hiking Shoes: Salomon X Ultra 3 Mid GTX Shoe 

Men's and Women's • $123.71 • Cushioned, GORE-TEX, High Traction Contagrip, 15.8 oz

Shirt: Mountain Hardwear Canyon Pro Long Sleeve Shirt 

Men's and Women's • $60.99-71.25 • Sun Protective, Moisture Wicking, Quick Drying, Roll-up Sleeves

GPS Watch: Garmin Forerunner 35 GPS Watch

$169.99 • Waterproof, Calorie Burn Tracker, GPS, Sleep Tracker, Shock Resistant, Speed Tracker, Lap Timer

Trekking Poles: MSR DynaLock Explore Poles 

$99.95 • Aluminum, Adjustable with DynaLock Levers, Four-season Functionality, 20 oz.

Socks: Darn Tough Hiker Micro Crew Cushion Sock 

Men's and Women's • $21.95 • Made in USA, Anti-bacterial, Merino Wool, Breathable, Fast-drying

Headlamp: Black Diamond Storm Headlamp 

$49.95 • LED, Waterproof, Maximum Beam Distance: 80 m, Takes AAA Batteries

First Aid Kit: Adventure Medical Kits Ultralight and Watertight .5 Kit

$19.00 • Ultralight, Watertight, Group Size: 1 person, Trip Duration: 1-2 days

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