South Kaibab Trail, Grand Canyon National Park

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Reward yourself with some of the best views Grand Canyon National Park has to offer by hiking South Kaibab Trail. From the trailhead near Yaki Point to the end of the trail at the Bright Angel Campground, the trail is 11.4 km (7.1 mi) long. With the elevation change of 1,460 m (4,780 ft), the trail is pretty steep and hiking its entirety is generally recommended only to seasoned hikers. Those who go the distance will be rewarded with breathtaking, 360-degree views of the Colorado River and Grand Canyon. The trail has little shade and no access to water until you reach the Bright Angel Campground, so dehydration is a serious hazard. It's absolutely essential to bring enough water as well as water purification tablets, because even the water at the camp is not always drinkable. Our Grand Canyon National Park vacation planner makes visiting South Kaibab Trail and other Grand Canyon National Park attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • We hiked down the South Kiabab trail starting at 6am and were able to watch the sun rise over the canyon. It was amazing! This is the steeper of the south rim trails. I have hiked to the bottom of thi...  more »
  • we only went down to the first rest stop. but it was worth every step. Take hiking poles! you can rent them at the village in the general store  more »
  • We have walked this trail to skeleton point. Fun is that you can see the Colorado River. Down is good to do. Up is very heavy. We have 5 hours and we had 4liter of water.
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