The Rim Trail extends from the village area to Hermits Rest. Begin from any viewpoint in the Village or along Hermit Road. The Rim Trail offers excellent walking for quiet views of the inner canyon and for visitors who desire an easy hike. No water west of Bright Angel Lodge. By using the shuttle buses, you can customize your hike to meet your needs. Part of the trail is paved and accessible.
Finally, at 40, I saw the Grand Canyon! Truly amazing! We just walked the rim trail, as we had our 3 small children with us. This is a great way to be be able to see down into the canyon...that looks like it goes on forever! Accessible for strollers and wheelchairs, and many people were biking. Keep your kiddos close! ~ there are many steep drop offs, with no fences. A must see!
Grand Canyon National Park is often listed as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World...and for good reason! The spectacular scenery will take your breath away.
The Rim Trail includes about 8 miles of PAVED road and 7 miles of unpaved road.
If you have little ones who are 4 and under, bring a stroller or carrier. You'll probably also want to have a quick "safety talk" with kids of all ages before setting out on the trail. The railings are very low in some areas and constant supervision is required.
(1) Dress for the weather.
(2) Wear comfortable shoes.
(3) Bring snacks and lots of water.
(4) Take time for photos.
To enter the park, you’ll need to pay $25 per vehicle unless you have an America the Beautiful Pass. (That pass is outstanding, by the way – $80 for your whole family to visit any National Park or Monument in the USA for one full year!)
The rim trail that runs along the Southern side of the Grand Canyon is a perfect way to see the canyon for visitors of any age. The trail is very flat and offers spectacular views of the canyon. The trail runs through all the major villages of the canyon including hotels, restaurants & gift shops.
I would advise parents of little ones under 3 to either use a stroller, carrier or harness so you don't have to worry about them and the cliffs. MOST of the time the canyon has a barricade so you can't just walk off into it, but at times when the path veers off from the edge a bit, this wall sometimes goes away.
We saw TONS of wildlife on this hike: Elk, deer, squirrels, lizards, birds, and much more.
My kids loved this! I was a little surprised-when we took them on a very long roadtrip to see nature- that they were so in love. It truly is spectacular and everyone should go see it. My kids enjoyed the space and feeling of freedom. Be sure to bring lots of snacks and water! Maybe even some fun games in mind to play along the trip- like the ABC or Name games.