Grand Canyon National Park Attractions

Of all the things to do at Grand Canyon National Park, one of the most rewarding is simply staying still long enough to absorb the grandeur and sweep of this remarkable natural wonder. Once you've caught your breath, you'll want to explore the iconic lookout points, extensive trail system, visitor centers and, if you have time left over, the various tourist shops dedicated to regional Southwest kitsch you'll find outside the park gates. There is no shortage of things to do at the Grand Canyon, and depending on the season, weather, and amount of time you have to spend, your visit can be alternately exciting, relaxing, exhausting, or frustrating. Plan ahead to avoid stifling summer crowds and temperatures.

For classic Grand Canyon hiking, Bright Angel Trail, the park's most highly-trafficked path into the canyon, is used by both walkers and the park's famed mules. Don't let its popularity fool you into thinking this South Rim hike is a breeze: Bright Angel Trail can be quite strenuous and steep at times, and it will take nearly twice as long coming up than it did to hike down. But its accessibility and stunning views from the inner canyon make Bright Angel Trail a top park attraction.

For an exquisite taste of canyon solitude, we recommend making the trip to the remote, far less visited North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Toroweap Overlook, 3,000 feet above the Colorado River, is about 60 miles from nearby Fredonia, Arizona, and well worth the drive. A long drive down a rough and dusty road will reward you with sweeping, cliffside views at one of the most dramatic overlooks in the entire park.

To really get your blood pumping, reserve your spot on one of several commercial watercraft and take an unforgettable ride down the Colorado River.

Bright Angel Trail

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Between Bright Angel Lodge and Hermit Rd
From W Rim Drive to Plateau Point

Popular South Rim trail for walkers and mule riders...
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South Kaibab Trail

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Along the side road to Yaki Point
(Short distance from East Rim Drive)

Popular day hike on the South Rim...
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Rim Trail- South Rim

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South Rim

Popular route along South Rim...
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Widforss Trail

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P.O. Box 170

Shady hike on the scenic North Rim...
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Mule Trips

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Grand Canyon Tourist Center, South Rim
(P.O. Box 516)

Move down the Canyon on a friendly mule...
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Havasupai Falls

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Havasupai Falls

Stunning blue-green waterfalls on the Havasupai reservation...
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Tuweep/Toroweap Overlook

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Dramatic North Rim overlook, 3,000 vertical feet above the Colorado River...
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River Trips

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Adventures down the Colorado River...
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Yavapai Geology Museum

Hands-on exhibits tell the geological story of the Grand Canyon...
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Desert View Watchtower

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Grand Canyon National Park
South Rim

Historic tower overlooks Grand Canyon...
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Grandview Trail

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P.O. Box 170

Strenuous trail offers spectacular views...
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Hualapai Hilltop

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8 miles above the village of Supai, about 90 miles northwest of Seligman
(Havasupai Indian Reservation)

Hilltop above remote village...
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Tusayan Ruins and Museum

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22 miles west of Grand Canyon Village,
(Near Moran Point, South Rim)

Native American ruins...
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Hermit Trail

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P.O. Box 170

Trailway to Dripping Springs...
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Mule ride to Phantom Ranch

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Phantom Ranch

Mule ride to lodge at the bottom of the Grand Canyon...
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Tonto Trail

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Red Canyon

Large stretch of trail with many backcountry hiking options...
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Diamond Creek Road

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Diamond Creek Road

Road that leads vehicles to the bottom of the Grand Canyon...
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The Skywalk

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Grand Canyon West

A glass bridge with unparalleled views...
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Navajo National Monument

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Anasazi cliff dwellings off the beaten path...
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Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park

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One mile east of US Highway 163
(On the Arizona-Utah border)

Famed icon of the American west...
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