Rim Trail

#8 of 52 trails in Grand Canyon National Park
Rim Trail is a 25.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Grand Canyon, AZ that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

25.2 miles 1486 feet Out & Back
kid friendly birding hiking nature trips walking views wild flowers
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Directions from South Entrance Station: Follow South Entrance Road northward to a junction with East Rim Drive. Bear left at this junction and drive .5 miles to Mather Point.

Janet Zimmerman McNichol
11 days ago

27 Completed10 Reviews

Cody Hough
2 months ago

65 Completed64 Reviews

Beautiful view of the Grand Canyon as you walk along paved trails. Very tourist filled and not always easy to enjoy the moment.

Chandler Shepherd
2 months ago

214 Completed14 Reviews

Great for seeing the canyon. Heavily used due to its easy access. You'll be dodging people the whole time. For a quieter walk continue to hermits rest along the trail.

Meredith Shirrell
6 months ago

13 Completed13 Reviews

Great trail giving spectacular views! Very little incline and well-paved for the majority of the trail, with the exception being the west side of the rim. We parked in the Visitor's Center lot, hiked about 9 miles 'til Hermit's Rest and caught the bus back. If you got there early enough, you could probably do the full 18 in a single day without a problem. The west side of the trail was my favorite, as it was less busy and we saw three elk!

Leslie Wong
9 months ago

19 Completed19 Reviews

I walked a few sections of this trail and it was all very easy. Nice wide path with great views of the Canyon throughout. Visitors can bike along it too.

laura simpkins
10 months ago

15 Completed6 Reviews

Easy walk along the rim. Parts near main village are handicap accessible and have interpretive markers for geology.

Annette Smith
10 months ago

6 Completed5 Reviews

Very easy walk along the rim of the canyon. Can do half a mile or 10 miles and catch a bus back from several points.

Jeremy Zilkie
1 year ago

37 Completed32 Reviews

Dallin Wellington
1 year ago

31 Completed1 Reviews

I took this trail from the Visitor's Center to get to Bright Angel Trailhead (~2.5 miles one-way). Very nice views, but extremely crowded during the afternoon. When I started (around 9 A.M.) there were periods on the way over to Bright Angel that I had the trail to myself, but on the way back (around 1 P.M.) it was packed pretty much the entire length of the trail.

Taylor Farr
2 years ago

25 Completed24 Reviews

Jeremy Haines
2 years ago

29 Completed21 Reviews

Awesome views as you would expect. Easy trail, which means lots of people. And plenty of rude people. But other than that any hike is a good hike and the grand canyon never disappoints.

Andrew Walck
2 years ago

31 Completed23 Reviews

Great trail . Well worth the five stars , but at peak season, it almost feels like your in New York City with the amount of people screaming and pushing by .

Lee Wingo
3 years ago

45 Completed36 Reviews

We hiked about 6 miles of the rim trail in early march. We did the hermits rest route. You can hop on a trolley if you get tired or are ready to see a different perspective which is what we did.

Erica Smith
3 years ago

17 Completed4 Reviews

I did the whole trail over two days in late July. The trail seemed to get more people on it later in the afternoon, and closer to the overlooks where the trollies are letting people off. It was a spectacular way to see the canyon, especially during the "red section". There were far fewer people on it when I hiked, which allowed better views, and was very peaceful.

Diedre L & Rick B
3 years ago

15 Completed5 Reviews

We completed only 8 miles. Its an easy trail with spectacular views of the Grand Canyon. There is also a fascinating exhibit on geologic time, the age of Earth, and the rocks exposed in the canyon.

Rene Clausen Nielsen
3 years ago

4 Completed4 Reviews

Only did some 5 km. I think, and it was a very easy stroll. But also extremely beautiful.

Anand Nataraj
4 years ago

6 Completed2 Reviews