Grand Canyon South Rim – Complete Trip Planning, Guided Tours and Information

Getting to the South Rim

Located south of the Colorado River, the popular south rim is name given for that portion of the deep chasms in Arizona. Voyaging to this natural mosaic is a hop, skip and jump away from major airports in both Arizona and Nevada. Click here to be directed to the National Park Services website where you will find a plethora of information on airports, train services, buses, shuttles, and distances from major cities!

Guided Tours of the South Rim

A myriad of opportunities exist for guided tours of the Grand Canyon, ranging from air, water, saddle-back, and on foot. The Great West Tours website is a one stop shop location for choosing your tour experience. All Grand Canyon Tours also lists different touring companies as well as provides customer reviews and contact information!

Best Time to Visit

The south rim is more popular than the north rim due to it’s accessibility. It’s easier to reach by vehicle and conveniently available to visit year-round. When you visit will depend on the experience you are hoping for. Crowds begin to make their way in late spring and until early fall, so beating the crowd may mean a trip in early spring and late fall. Located in the desert, the Grand Canyon is victim to intense summers, so plan accordingly for sweltering conditions in the heart of summer. Click here for additional information on best times to visit.

Hotels and Lodging

Are you looking for a one-day crash-course-type visit? Or are you interested in absorbing as much of this ethereal landscape as possible, which one day doesn’t begin to cover? Your visit type will influence where you decide to stay. Booking.com will help you find hotels within at least an hour away from the Grand Canyon south rim. We also recommend two sites near the Havasupai Village, which is also conveniently located in the south rim!

South Rim Hiking Trails at the Grand Canyon:

Check out and explore the popular South Rim of the Grand Canyon. It is easy to see why this is the most visited of the two rims since all trailheads except for South Bass can be accessed by a car (and there are also special shuttles to take you to any point along the South Rim). Experience walking through the reds, greens, and browns that are the geological backdrop of the Grand Canyon while witnessing some of the oldest visible rocks and walking along the most weathered and oldest paths dating back to the beginning of civilization on the Grand Canyon.

Waldron Trail

One of the shorter trails at around two miles in length, Waldron Trail shares part of, breaks away from, Hermit Trail, leading to a couple other destinations in the South Rim. This trail is a great alternative to hiking the entire length of Hermit trail, and also offers a beautiful day-hiking experience.

Hermit trail

Explore one of the more historically interesting trails by hiking along Hermit Trail. Built as a bypass around toll fees in the 1920s, this trail extends 9 miles through rugged terrain surrounded by reddish brown beauty iconic of the Grand Canyon.

Tanner Trail

Geologists and historians alike will think they hit the lottery with this proverbial gold mine! Tanner trail is where to go if you want to learn about the earliest Native American settlers and see the oldest rocks visible in the Grand Canyon! Adventure seekers should be sure to be in great shape – Tanner trail is among the most difficult to navigate through but also offers the biggest reward with beautiful sights.

Grandview Trail

Once a great location for visitors of the less adventurous persuasion, this trail can accommodate both senior and novice hikers. Grandview Trail was once one of the highest maintained trails in the grand canyon. It is now a 6-mile narrow passage that will awe and inspire visitors.

Boucher Trail

This trail is not for the faint of heart. Boucher trail will take you through steep paths,  over eroded rocks, and will require some endurance from you. It is an easy trail to get lost hiking in and should be proceeded with caution.

A scenic tour along Desert View Drive

Desert View Drive will take you to Yaki Point, Shoshone Point, Grandview Point and Desert View, among others.

South Bass Trail

The South Bass Trail – Getting to the trailhead can be an adventure in itself as you’ll pass both Forrest and Reservation roads with little to no markings and expected to pay an entrance fee ($25) in order to cross the Havasupai Reservation gate.

Rim Trail

Another great trail for those new to hiking, Rim Trail extends 24 miles through open and flat terrain and is freckled with shuttle stops along the way. It is also another good way to get a feel for the Grand Canyon South Rim with a path leading to 10 different lookout points and a Visitors Center.

Grand Canyon Trails: Bright Angel

This is easily the most well-maintained trail on the South Rim and another trail that can take you all the way to the Colorado river. It extends 18.8 miles and reaches an elevation of 6, 820ft. It is the most popular trail in the Grand Canyon due to it’s practicality and well-maintained nature.

Grand Canyon Hiking: River Trail Loop

River Trail Loop Both “The River Trail” and “Bridge Loop” are apt names for the 1.5 mi/ 2.4 km hike between the Grand Canyon’s only inner-canyon suspension bridges. High above the Colorado River and hugging the cliff’s side, this trail not only features amazing canyon views, it also provides access to the Black Bridge and the Silver Bridge. These are must-see (and must-cross) inner-recess attractions.

Grand Canyon Hiking: Plateau Point Trail

Plateau Point trail while referred to as a trail, this day-hike is more of a short detour from Indian Garden to Plateau Point, a 1300 ft (400 m) viewpoint of the Colorado River that overlooks Pipe Creek Canyon, Granite Gorge, and Monument Canyon.

Grand Canyon Hiking: South Kaibab Trail