Things to Do in the Grand Canyon [2023]

Grand Canyon Village is located close to the national park's most popular south entrance, on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.

Grand Canyon Village

South Rim

South Rim visitors will find the majority of the Grand Canyon's most well-known outdoor activities, like hiking the Canyon Rim Trail and the famous mule rides.

Located steps from the main visitor center, Mather Point is the first view many visitors see of the Grand Canyon. Travelers can take an easy, five-minute walk on its sidewalk.

Mather Point

Rim Trail

Covering about 13 miles, the Rim Trail connects the South Kaibab Trailhead to Hermits Rest, passing Grand Canyon Village.

Bright Angel Trail

The South Rim mule rides into the canyon are typically awarded by lottery, though that process has been paused in 2023 due to trail work.

Desert View Drive

This is the only scenic drive open to private cars on the national park's South Rim, and it offers staggering views of the Grand Canyon and the Colorado River.

Just as the North Kaibab Trail begins at the North Rim, the South Kaibab Trail begins at the South Rim and ventures into the Grand Canyon down to the Colorado River.

South Kaibab Trail

Located on the South Rim, the Desert View Watchtower is located about 23 miles east of Grand Canyon Village via Desert View Drive.

Desert View Watchtower

The North Rim of the Grand Canyon is easier to reach from Utah and offers fewer crowds than the South Rim.

North Rim

For travelers on the North Rim, the North Kaibab Trail is the area's only maintained canyon hike. The 14-mile (one way) trail leads all the way to the Colorado River.

North Kaibab Trail

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