Through Saturday: Scattered Showers and Thunderstorms. Sunday: Thunderstorms More Likely
Monsoonal weather patterns have moved into the Grand Canyon area decreasing fire danger. As a result, on Tuesday, July 8 at 8 a.m. fire managers lifted fire restrictions within Grand Canyon National Park. More »
Temporary North Rim Road Closures Due to Galahad Fire Began May 29
As of Thursday May 29, two road closures are in effect for public and firefighter safety. W4 road is closed from FS268B road south to Pont Sublime. W1 road is closed from W4 to western end of the Basin. More »
Over 250 people are rescued from the canyon each year. The difference between a great adventure in Grand Canyon and a trip to the hospital (or worse) is up to YOU. DO NOT attempt to hike from the rim to the river and back in one day, especially during the months of May to September.
Many options are available for day hikers. Both the South Rim and the North Rim offer rim trail hikes that have spectacular views of the inner canyon, some on paved trails. Or you can choose to day hike into the canyon. Permits are not required for non-commercial day hikes.
If you would like to join a guided hiking and/or camping trip that is educational in nature, consider the Grand Canyon Field Institute.
Day hiking can be a safer and more enjoyable choice than an overnight trip into a difficult area that is beyond the capabilities of any single member of your group.
WARNING: There are no easy trails into or out of the Grand Canyon!
Plan on bringing a refillable water container, bottled water in individual disposable containers is not for sale within the park. Water available (year-round) on the South Rim at the Backcountry Information Center in the lobby. Water available (year-round) on the North Rim outside the Backcountry Information Center. Additional water bottle filling stations can be found on the Go "Green" and Refill Your Water Bottles web page.
HIKE SMART - For a safe and enjoyable hike prepare before you arrive:
South Rim Day Hikes:
Bright Angel Trail
South Kaibab Trail
North Rim Day Hikes:
Bright Angel Point Trail
North Kaibab Trail
Ken Patrick Trail
Uncle Jim Trail
Cape Royal Trail
Cliff Springs Trail
Cape Final Trail
Roosevelt Point Trail
Point Imperial Trail
Did You Know?
Within the Grand Canyon, the rugged, V-shaped Inner Gorge rises darkly from the Colorado River. The broad shelf above it is the Tonto Platform, which spreads like a green blanket across both sides of the canyon. The Inner Gorge achieves a depth of over 1200 feet (366m)