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.
South Kaibab Trail reviews
WOW! Our goal was to make it to “Skeleton Point” and we made it! It is 3 miles down with a round trip of 6 miles. We stopped at Ooh Aah Point, Cedar Ridge point (bathrooms) and then Skeleton Point... more »
Despite being spring break, there was no traffic at the park entrance at 9am, plenty of parking spots at the visitor center and the shuttle bus was fairly empty. You have to take the shuttle to the... more »
Great trail for backpacking and views to get to the bottom. Well maintained and steep, but doable with lots of log steps put in.
Great hike down to the river
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