Point Sublime, Grand Canyon Overlook

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Point Sublime

Although it can be a somewhat rough drive to Point Sublime, the expansive views of Grand Canyon once you arrive, and the road along the way, offer inspiration and beauty. Read More

  • A rough dirt road takes you to Point Sublime, with expansive views of Grand Canyon
  • You can camp out here feet from the edge with a permit from the backcountry office
  • Picnic tables available for scenic picnics
  • You may spot a rare Kaibab Squirrel on your way to the overlook

What can I see and do at Point Sublime?

  • Scenic Drive: As you move along the dirt road to Point Sublime, you will travel through marvelous Ponderosa and Aspen forest, with meadows and dry creeks. You may even spot the rare Kaibab Squirrel who resides here.
  • Canyon Views: Wide expansive views are yours from East to West from Point Sublime. You’ll spot the Colorado River through spires and other formations jutting from the canyon floor.
  • Picnicking: This plateau is a great place for a picnic. There are picnic tables available so you can spread out your meal.
  • Camping: Camping is permitted here, but you’ll need a permit. Imagine camping within feet of the edge and waking to the sunrise glimmering off the walls of the Grand Canyon!
  • Hiking: It’s only a short hike to the point from the road, but remember, you are at a higher altitude so be prepared. Always bring water with you when exploring in the Grand Canyon.

Where is Point Sublime?

Point Sublime is on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. As you enter the park by the north entrance on Highway 67, you will come to an intersection with the main road heading west to Widforss Point. Follow this road, but continue past Widforss and follow the signs. It is about 17 miles of rough dirt road.

When is Point Sublime open?

Point Sublime is most easily accessible from 15 May to 15 October. In fact, this is the best time to come, when all of the North Rim visitor services are open. In winter, Highway 67 often closes because of snow. You will find day use from mid-October until the first snow, but there are no services available, and it may not be a good idea to travel the rough road to this attraction when you won’t have easy access to assistance if you need it.

How much does Point Sublime cost?

Although Point Sublime is free to visit, if you intend camping there overnight you’ll need a backcountry permit, which is $10 and an additional $5 fee per group per night.

Who can I call if I have more questions?

For more information or to get answers to your questions, call the Grand Canyon’s Information phone at (928) 638-7888.