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.
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!
Water is 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:
Grand Canyon Conservancy Field Institute
The Grand Canyon Conservancy Field Institute offers single-day educational hiking tours on both the North and South Rims for individuals, families, and small groups. Grand Canyon Conservancy has been the official nonprofit partner of Grand Canyon National Park since 1932. You can download their 2019 Schedule of Classes here. (784 kb - accessible PDF file)
South Rim Day Hikes
Rim Trail (Destinations, distances and services shown in a table)
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
Organized Group Rim-to-Rim and Extended Day Hike/Run
Any organized, noncommercial, group conducting rim-to-rim and extended day hiking and running, including rim-to-river-to-rim, and rim-to-rim-to-rim in the inner canyon is required to obtain a Special Use Permit from Grand Canyon National Park. The inner canyon is defined as the area below the Tonto Platform (Tipoff and Indian Garden) from the South Rim and below the Manzanita Rest Area from the North Rim. Any group, regardless of size, which has advertised to the general public, required individuals to sign up prior to participation, or that has an organizer who has been compensated for their services (including subsidized participation in the activity), is required to operate under a Special Use Permit. For more information visit www.nps.gov/grca/parkmgmt/sup.htm
Last updated: October 10, 2018