Regional Guide

Family - Grand Canyon

Take an easy hike. The Rim Trail on the Canyon's south side follows the lip from Mather Point to Hermits Rest. Paved for most of the way, the trail's easy for everyone. Unpaved portions of the trail between Maricopa Point and Hermits Rest are narrow and close to the edge. And at Yavapai Observation Station at Yavapai Point, you'll get panoramic views of the canyon, including the Colorado River and Phantom Ranch.

Houseboating and fishing on Lake Powell are activities the whole family can get into. Set sail around the lake and cast your line for black, smallmouth, and largemouth bass.

Mule trips, of course! They've been a Canyon staple since the early 20th century and continue to be an easy and popular way to see the Canyon. Choose a one- or two-day trip from the South Rim, or a one-day trip from the North Rim (in season).

Take to the air: Though environmentally controversial, airplane and helicopter flights over the Canyon offer an unforgettable overview. All scenic air tour operators are based outside of the national park itself, most of them at Grand Canyon Airport, just south of Tusayan. Other companies operate tours out of California, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, and Arizona.

Become a Junior Ranger! This program for kids aged 4-14 is a great way for them to learn about the Canyon from the rangers and to earn a special park honor. Contact the park for more details.

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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