Grand Canyon National Park is one of America's most stunning natural sights, and ranks among its top outdoor destinations. A testament to the power of erosion and time, the massive canyon tracks the course of the Colorado River through barren landscapes. This makes hiking the Grand Canyon an experience unto itself. Because it is so well known you are unlikely to find yourself alone on Grand Canyon trails. That should not stop you from visiting the park, and certainly should not dissuade you from exploring our favorite hikes. Even so, keep in mind that wherever you go, you must eventually come back. A descent to the canyon floor can be dangerous, even deadly, without adequate preparation.
A holiday in the Grand Canyon requires planning, sweat, and maybe some food sacrifices. But one Arizona family discovers the memories are worth all the turkey in the world.
Day-use permit and fee would aim to limit overcrowding.
The bill would declare 1.7 million acres of land a national monument
These 9 miles of Grand Canyon essence are among the best 100 miles of trail in the whole national park system.
This 10.7-mile out-and-back dives more than 3,000 feet to a photogenic perch offering five-star views of the Colorado River and the second deepest canyon in the United States.
Multi-layered red rocks line mile-deep canyons and cactus flowers explode with pastels on this 16-mile out-and-back to a Colorado River tributary.
This stout three-day backpacking trip emphasizes the "grand" in Grand Canyon as it follows hardscrabble trails to remote campsites, old mining claims, and the scene of an airplane crash.
This 21.5-mile clockwise loop in Grand Canyon National Park strings together faint trails and an Eden of waterfalls and swimming holes.
Tackle one of the toughest and least crowded routes in the Grand Canyon on this 24.4-mile loop.
Descend from Grandview Point for a lesser-hiked, four-day, point-to-point between rim and river.
On this 13.7-mile out-and-back trek to the bottom of the Grand Canyon tour rugged canyons, cross the Colorado River, and take in stunning river-to-rim views.
Drop off the north rim on the North Kaibab Trail on 8.1-mile hike down to Bright Angel Canyon.
Multi-layered red rocks line mile-deep canyons and cactus flowers explode with pastels on this 9.7-mile out-and-back to Esplanade overlook.
If you've hiked the park's established paths, it's time to raise your game. Explore the South Rim's wilder side with this 41.1-mile, off-trail trek. The challenges: routefinding, exposure, class 3 scrambling. The rewards: riverside beach camps, big views, solitude.
Start early for sunrise in the canyon and crowd-free hiking on this 13.4-miler that descends to the gorge's mezzanine level.