Looking to exchange four wheels for two? Bicycling is a great way to experience the South Rim. Cyclists can enjoy approximately 13 miles (21 km) of roads and Greenway Trails that allow for more intimate explorations along the rim. If you get tired, load your bike on one of the park’s bicycle-friendly shuttle buses - there is a bus stop every one-half to one-mile along the 13 mile-stretch.
Bicycles are allowed on all paved and unpaved roads on the South Rim. Be good to yourself and the environment – ride instead of drive.
South Kaibab Trailhead and Yaki Point
Looking for a scenic, yet shorter cycling opportunity? Follow the paved Greenway Trail to the South Kaibab Trailhead and then ride along Yaki Point Road to Yaki Point. Access the Greenway near Grand Canyon Visitor Center and follow the South Kaibab Trailhead signs. In about 2.4 miles (3.9 km), you will come to the trailhead parking area. From here, turn right and follow the trailhead road until you come to Yaki Point Road. Make a left and follow it 0.5 miles (0.8 km) to Yaki Point. There are plenty of spectacular canyon views along the Greenway Trail and once you reach Yaki Point.
Like Hermit Road, private vehicle restrictions eliminate most traffic. Shuttle and tour buses do utilize Yaki Point Road, so cyclists should pull to the right shoulder in a safe location, dismount and let buses pass.
If you become tired of cycling, you can catch the Orange Shuttle (Kaibab Rim Route) at Yaki Point, The South Kaibab Trailhead, or Pipe Creek Overlook, put your bike in the front rack, and ride the bus back to the Visitor Center.
Park in Tusayan & Ride the Shuttle
Want to leave the long entrance lines and parking frustrations behind? Ride the Tusayan Shuttle into the park and then cycle along the roads and Greenway Trails. If you get tired, there is a bus stop every one-half to one mile along the 13-mile road/trail system – load your bike on one of the shuttle bus bike racks and take the bus to your next destination. And if you are looking for a fun, mostly downhill ride back to Tusayan – pick up the Greenway Trail near Grand Canyon Visitor Center and follow the signs to Tusayan. It is a 6.5-mile (10.5 km), downhill ride on a smooth, paved trail.
You can also ride your bike into the park from Tusayan, but be prepared for a steady, 6.5-mile uphill ride and no services, including water or cell phone coverage, until the Grand Canyon Visitor Center.
You must have a valid park pass to ride the Tusayan Shuttle.
Bicycle Rental & Tour Info
Don’t have a bike with you? Rent one from Bright Angel Bicycles, adjacent to the Grand Canyon Visitor Center.
Bright Angel Bicycles provides rentals and guided bicycle tours between mid-March and October 31. When the weather permits, rentals and tours may be offered at other times of the year - check their website for current availability.
There is also a small coffee bar and café with a grab & go menu targeted toward hikers, bikers and pedestrians. The café is open year-round.
Cyclists should always carry a small repair kit. However, if you cannot repair your bicycle, Bright Angel Bicycles offers these services.
Rules of the Road/Safety
Cycling is a great way to experience the South Rim of the Grand Canyon; however, please remember the following rules and guidelines:
Bicycles are prohibited below the rim/in the canyon and along any paved or unpaved portion of the Rim Trail.
Traveling to the South Rim via bicycle?
Bicyclist campsites are available at Mather Campground on a first-come, first-serve basis. Bicycle/backpacker sites are $6.00 per person, per night.
NO cars are allowed.
North RimThe North Rim also has cycling opportunities to allow for more intimate explorations through this delightful, forested landscape.
Bridle PathThe Bridle Path is a hard-packed, multiuse trail that traverses the forest in the North Rim developed area. It is a 1.9 mile (3.1 km) trail that connects the North Kaibab Trailhead with the Grand Canyon Lodge. Please refer to the North Rim Pocket Map for more details.
Arizona TrailThe Arizona Trail segment on the North Rim provides great mountain biking opportunities. The trail traverses 12.1 miles (19.5 km) of forest inside the park. The trail continues north of the park boundary in the Kaibab National Forest.
You can access the Arizona Trail on the North Rim from the North Kaibab Trailhead parking lot. The trailhead is at the south end of the parking lot.
Before embarking on this easy to moderate trail, please review important information at the following web site - https://aztrail.org/explore/passages/passage-39-grand-canyon-north-rim/
Riding to Point Imperial or Cape RoyalRiding along the Point Imperial or Cape Royal roads is not recommended and is extremely hazardous. Both access roads are narrow, have minimal shoulders, and have numerous sharp corners, which can lead to blind spots for both drivers and cyclists. Vegetation along the roads also minimizes line of sight for all road users. There are other cycling opportunities along the North Rim, as outlined above.
Rules of the Road/SafetyCycling is a great way to experience the North Rim; however, please remember the following rules and guidelines:
CampingTraveling to the North Rim via bicycle?
Bicyclist campsites are available at the North Rim Campground on a first-come, first-serve basis. Bicycle/backpacker sites are $6.00 per person, per night.
NO cars are allowed.
Last updated: June 15, 2019