Pets allowed
Not Allowed
Elevation Gain
6,700.00 ft (2,042.16 m)
Trail type
There-and-back
Distance
28.00 mi (45.06 km)
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The North Kaibab Trail is a 14-mile out-and-back trail that extends from the north rim of the Grand Canyon down to the Colorado River. This well maintained singletrack trail features unparalleled gorge scenery, pristine nature, and incredible biodiversity. The North Kaibab Trail is one of the least visited trails in the park and one of the most difficult. Visitors should be prepared for extreme changes in elevation and the climate that comes with it.

The North Kaibab Trail descends a series of switchbacks along the canyon wall with incredible views of the canyon. There is a rest area a few miles down the trail with picnic tables, restrooms, and potable water that is usually open from May to October.

The trail eventually levels out and gets less steep as it gets deeper into the canyon. In the summer, Bright Angel Creek offers a refreshing break from the heat on parts of the North Kaibab Trail. 

Roaring Springs and Ribbon Falls are great side trips that can be accessed from the North Kaibab Trail for those looking for more excitement.

Camping at the bottom of the Grand Canyon is a unique experience that should not be missed, but must be planned in advance. Permits are required for camping and can be obtained in advance from the Backcountry Office. Visitors must camp in designated campgrounds.

The most accessible campgrounds for the North Kaibab Trail are:
Cottonwood Campground: 7 miles from the start at the North Rim.
Bright Angel Campground: 14 miles from the start, located next to the Colorado River.

Note. Horses are not recommended in this section and bicycles are prohibited from being ridden in the canyon.

NEED TO KNOW
Full service facilities on the North Rim are only open from May 15 through October 15.

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Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Fall

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

National Park Pass

Open Year-round

Yes

Days

2

Pros

Incredible Views. Hidden Waterfall. Biodiversity.

Cons

Difficult to access certain times of the year.

Trailhead Elevation

8,241.00 ft (2,511.86 m)

Highest point

8,241.00 ft (2,511.86 m)

Features

Backcountry camping
Waterfalls
Wildlife
Near lake or river
Big vistas
Bird watching
Wildflowers
Potable water

Typically multi-day

Yes

Permit required

Yes

Permit self-issue on site

No

Location

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