Situated in the state of Arizona, the 277-mile long Grand Canyon is one of the most majestic sights in the United States. Jaw-dropping views of the massive fissure in the Earth and the hike of a lifetime await when you explore this natural treasure. This paradise for outdoor enthusiasts is filled with adventurous excursions and astonishing history.
Start your trip to the Grand Canyon on the right foot with these suggested activities!
Admire the Views at the North Rim
Everyone is well aware of the enthralling imagery of the South Rim and the swarms of crowds reflect it. For a quieter and equally as beautiful panorama, drive to the North Rim. The jagged cliffs, striking red rock, and serene atmosphere provide the ideal launching pad to descend into the one mile deep canyon. Before you begin your trek, spend a night under the stars and behold the wonders of the Milky Way.
How to Get There: Accessible by car, the entrance to the North Rim is along Highway 67 and roughly 30 miles south of Jacob Lake.
*The North Rim only permits visitors from May to October.
Hike Rim Trail
Veering back towards the South Rim, one of the most exhilarating hikes is waiting to be explored. The 13-mile trail brings you up close and personal to the rugged terrain and takes you to splendid viewpoints. The trail is made for any kind of traveler being bike and wheelchair friendly. The convenient shuttle bus service allows visitors to hop on and hop off to take in the most sensational sights. Hopi, Mather, and Maricopa are just a handful of the remarkable vantage points to take in the breathtaking beauty of rocky ravines and the meandering Colorado River.
How to Get There: Hop on the trail anywhere between the Grand Canyon Village and South Kaibab to grab a seat on the shuttle bus.
Capture the Magic of Horseshoe Bend
The mighty Colorado River offers one of the most picturesque sights imaginable at this famous sharp curve. Located only five miles outside Grand Canyon National Park, Horseshoe Bend is one of most enchanting places to visit on any Grand Canyon adventure.
The cliffside that sits above the bend is alluring from above or below. Fly high into the sky for a bird’s eye view or enjoy a peaceful canoe trip on the river.
For unbelievable photos, wait for sunset to watch the sun dip below the horizon.
How to Get There: Drive southwards along Route 89 from Page, Arizona until you see signs pointing you in the direction of the lookout point.
Conquer the Colorado River
A thrilling excursion that will make your heart race! Stare at the captivating geologic formations towering above as the Colorado River whisks you downstream. Rafting down this mystifying river is an exciting way to enjoy the magnificent scenery of the canyon. Multiple companies offer trips of all kinds to provide an unforgettable experience.
Behold the Oasis of Havasu Falls
The crown jewel of the Grand Canyon! Feast your eyes on pristine water cascading over limestone cliffs into a turquoise pool. The journey to reach this paradise is not for the faint of heart as the swimming hole is roughly a 10-mile hike into the canyon. If you are up for the expedition, make sure to visit the other astonishing Havasupai Waterfalls (Navajo Falls, Fifty Foot Falls, Mooney Falls, and Beaver Falls).
A once in a lifetime desert nirvana awaits after the challenging hike!
*A reservation and a nightly fee of $100-$125 per person is required to visit Havasu Falls.