Point Sublime extends far out into the Grand Canyon from the North Rim for awesome views. Geologist Captain Clarence E. Dutton described the scene in 1881 as "by far the most sublime of all earthly spectacles." A huge swath of the canyon lies below, and you can spot a bit of the Colorado River. A map and binoculars will help identify the many buttes, canyons, and trails visible from here. Hardly any people make it out here because of the unpaved roads, but the view makes the journey well worthwhile. Photographers can get great shots, especially with a panorama sequence or an extreme wide angle lens.

Two routes lead out here: The most direct one turns west at a junction 2.7 miles north of Grand Canyon Lodge, then goes past the Widforss and Tiyo Point trailheads. A more reliable way in follows Forest Service roads from DeMotte Park. You'll need a high-clearance vehicle or mountain bike for this adventure, and plenty of water. Check road conditions before setting out as the way is not always passable.

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Expert Review of Point Sublime

Active and Adventure Review of Point Sublime

Away Travel Expert: Bill Weir
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ActiveExpert Rating 5.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Camping,Day Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking,Trekking and Backpacking
Active and AdventureExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • This is a great place to camp, but to do so you'll need a backcountry permit.
  • Water is very scarce on the North Rim, so be sure to bring plenty.
  • Also in the area, you can visit Fire Point to the west by road and Tiyo Point to the east by trail (12.6 miles roundtrip).

west of Bright Angel Point
Grand Canyon National Park, P.O. Box 129
Grand Canyon, Arizona 86023
Parking: always open, weather permitting

Visitor Information

Telephone Number: 928-638-7875 (Backcountry Information Center, 1-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.)
Fax: 928-638-2125
Transportation: high-clearance vehicle or mountain bike
Neighborhood: Grand Canyon National Park
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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