Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park by Amanda Mohler via Shutterstock.

Grand Canyon National Park, in Arizona, is famed for its iconic, immense canyon carved by the Colorado River. With its layered red rock and panoramic vistas, it’s a must-visit for anyone seeking natural grandeur.

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Fast Facts

State(s): Arizona
Area: 1,217,262 acres (4,926.08 sq km) – 11th largest national park of 63
Highest Elevation: North Rim Entrance – 9,165 ft (2,793.49 m)
Lowest Elevation: Colorado River – 1,200 ft (365.76 m)
Date Established: February 26, 1919
Annual Visitors: 4,732,101 visitors in 2022
Nearest Town: Tusayan, Arizona

Recommended Day Hikes

Park Tracker considers a “day hike” to be a hike under 10 miles. Below we provide our top five recommendations inside the park, along with AllTrails links to the hikes.

  1. Bright Angel Trail (12 mi round trip to Plateau Point, Strenuous) – A classic hike into the canyon with rest stops and water stations.
  2. South Kaibab Trail (6 mi round trip to Cedar Ridge, Strenuous) – No water available on this trail, but offers panoramic views.
  3. Rim Trail (Variable up to 13 mi, Easy) – Mostly flat and accessible, with stunning views of the Grand Canyon.
  4. North Kaibab Trail (14 mi round trip to Roaring Springs, Strenuous) – The only maintained trail into the canyon from the North Rim.

🧗🏻‍♂️ Popular Activities in Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon is about more than just hiking. See below for some of the best non-hiking activities to do in Grand Canyon National Park.

  1. Mule trips to the canyon floor
  2. Whitewater rafting in the Colorado River
  3. Watching sunrise or sunset at popular viewpoints
  4. Attending ranger-led geology talks
  5. Helicopter or airplane tours for aerial views

🛎️ Where to Stay Near Grand Canyon National Park

While there are ample camping and vacation rental options near most US national parks, I personally highly prefer staying at Hilton-branded properties when traveling to national parks. As such, below are the five closest Hilton properties to Grand Canyon National Park.

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🍔 What to Eat Near Grand Canyon National Park

After hiking and exploring Grand Canyon National Park, odds are high you’re going to be hungry. Here are five of the best restaurant options within and near the park.

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