Hiking the Grand Canyon
The South Rim of the Grand Canyon is one of the most iconic hiking destinations in the world. There are many options for day hikes—or, with advance planning, overnight treks into the canyon. Popular hikes include the South Kaibab Trail, the Hermits Rest Route, and the infamous Bright Angel Trail.
If taking the Hermit Trail from Hermits Rest, be sure to heed this Park Service description: "Unmaintained steep trail requires caution. Rocky and strenuous." This is a great hike with incredible views of the canyon from the South Rim. Elk and mule deer are common sights on the rim. There is also a bus route that goes along Hermit Road. Between March 1 and November 30 of each year, this route provides transportation between Grand Canyon Village and Hermits Rest with stops at nine scenic overlooks. The Hermits Rest Route provides easier walking opportunities via the Rim and Greenway trails. Check schedules for pick-up spots.
The Bright Angel Trail and South Kaibab Trail head down into the canyon. Be aware that temperatures can vary by as much at 50 degrees or more between the rim and the bottom. The hike back up is strenuous, so be prepared to take twice as long to climb as it took you to hike down. Also bring plenty of water, as there is nowhere to fill up along the trail.
Sleeping accommodations on the South Rim vary in cost and amenities from simple campsites to well-appointed lodges. Plan ahead, as rooms book up in advance. There are also plenty of options for meals, gear, and shopping. The Park Service offers ranger-led hikes, talks, and exhibits for those interested in learning more about the canyon.