Regional Guide

Hiking - Grand Canyon

Hike down into the Canyon and spend the night. The trek to Phantom Ranch at Canyon bottom takes at least two days, and your stay comes complete with meals. Reservations are required, and as with everything here, plan in advance!

For a great day hike, trek down into the Canyon on the Bright Angel Trail. True, you'll be sharing the trail with mules, but it's the best way to get an inside view of the Canyon. Just remember, though: The first part—going down—is the easy part. Save your energy for the walk back up!

Kaibab National Forest serves up some 370 miles of hiking trails, and they're especially beautiful in the fall, when the colors change to brilliant reds and oranges. Hike Snake Gulch, a 21.5-mile route that weaves through multicolored cliffs, streamside cottonwoods, and oak thickets.

Any experienced hikers out there? If so, Escalante Canyon is for you. Located in the Glen Canyon NRA, these hikes have extremely rugged terrain and lack a formal trail system. They're not recommended for hiker newbies.

Take a hike in Lake Mead Recreational Area. Consisting mostly of cross-country hiking, there are few trails to guide you, but tons of sights to help determine your path.

Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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