South Rim Trail, Grand Canyon National Park Hiking

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South Rim Trail

Bring the whole family to take an invigorating hike along the South Rim Trail in Grand Canyon National Park and to experience the awesome views from the rim.

  • The South Rim Trail is a 12-mile easy hike along the rim of the Grand Canyon
  • Allow 6 hours to hike the full length
  • Access the trail at any of the shuttle stops for canyon overlooks
  • Enjoy the views at sunrise and sunset to see the most vivid colors


The South Rim Trail at Grand Canyon National Park is a popular trail for all members of the family. It’s reasonably level, with shade along the way. If you want unrestricted views of Grand Canyon, this is the place to come! You can hike the full length of the trail from Mather Point to Hermit’s Rest, but if you want a shorter hike, you can move from one overlook to another and take the free shuttle back to your car.

Be sure to stop at Hopi Point, Yavapai Point and Grandeur Point for incredible views. The best time to see the most amazing colors of red and orange is an hour after sunrise and an hour before sunset. Every viewpoint offers breathtaking vistas, and will make your hike along South Rim Trail one to remember.


To hike the entire Rim Trail you can begin at Mather Point and go all the way to Hermit’s Rest. But you can access the trail at any of the overlook points in the Grand Canyon Village.


  • Distance – 12 miles (full length of trail)
  • Average Time of Hike – 6 hours
  • Elevation Gain – 200 feet
  • Difficulty – Easy
  • Trail Type – One-way

Plan & Prepare

It’s a long walk along the Rim Trail, so ensure you have good walking shoes.

Although there are shaded spots along the trail, you should still bring water, as you won’t find water anywhere except in the Grand Canyon Village and at Hermit’s Rest.

Pets are allowed on the trail (if on a leash), but they are not permitted on the shuttle busses.