Tonto Trail

NileGuide Expert Says:

Take this trail, which is one of my favorites, for a day hike or take your time and make a weeklong trip out of the Tonto. No matter how many times I walk this trail, I experience something new.


Red Canyon
Grand Canyon National Park, AZ


Gaze at the spectacular vistas jutting toward the sky in hues of red, purple, and white on the largest stretch of continuous trail in the entire canyon. Though the trail itself extends 70 miles throughout the canyon, many sections are used to form fascinating loop hikes from, to name some popular loops, South Kaibab to Bright Angel, Hermit to Bright Angel, and Red Canyon to Grandview. The sections of the Tonto Trail near Horseshoe Mesa were used frequently by miners at the turn of the century who extracted copper ore from the mines within the mesa. Much of the trail was reworked and altered as a result of the miner's burros. A great entrance to this trail is at the beach created at the mouth of Red Canyon.

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