With breathtaking views, an array of trails, and a number of options for adventure activities, the Grand Canyon in the state of Arizona is a place that features on the bucket lists for not only visitors, but also residents of the United States. A popular attraction for hiking and backpacking, this natural wonder has something in store for everyone. So do not fret if you are not an experienced hiker, or are short on time to go for a long backpacking trip. The beauty of the Grand Canyon can also be experienced in a day, by going for a day hike on one of the many fascinating trails. Take a day to let the magnificence of this beautiful place sweep over you, and you are sure to return with memories that you won’t forget anytime soon!
Both the South Rim and the North Rim of the canyon offer rim trail hikes that give you stunning views of the inner canyon. You can also opt to go for a day hike into the canyon. Take a look at the following trails that are among the options for a day hike that you can chose from:
Rim Trail: This is a paved trail that extends from the village area to the structure of Hermit’s Rest. You can begin your hike along Hermit road or any viewpoint in the Village. This trail is excellent for beginners as it offers an easy hike where you can walk along and experience serene views of the inner canyon. And if you get tired of walking, you can simply find one of the shuttle stops, and take a shuttle bus back to your car. The best part is that you can customize this hike as per your requirements.
Bright Angel Trail: Although steep, this trail is a well-maintained one and provides drinking water and covered rest houses for visitors. It starts just west of Bright Angel Lodge, then goes on to descend down to the Colorado River. A round-trip hike on this trail covers a distance of around 12 miles, with occasional areas that provide some shade (in case you are hiking on a sunny day). Remember to check for water status at the Backcountry Information Center or the Visitor Center, to avoid any inconveniences in the middle of the hike. If you do not want to make a round-trip, you can choose to go to a certain point and then turn back—irrespective of the distance, it is sure to be a wonderful day hike for you.
Hermit Trail: This trail is more difficult as compared to the Bright Angel trail, with tougher conditions that might be a bit challenging for novice hikers. Starting 500 feet west of Hermit’s Rest, this trail offers an 18-mile round-trip that will take you the entire day to complete. However, the wonderful vistas will more than make up for your tiredness. Since it is a steep and unmaintained trail, you must remember to be cautious while making your way through it. You can collect water from the springs on the trail, but do not forget to treat it before drinking.
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