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 to the second recommended stop which provided a pointed overview into the canyon. The terrain was fascinating and so amazing to be 'in the canyon' - we will definitely come again and... 
    We hiked down to the second recommended stop which provided a pointed overview into the canyon. The terrain was fascinating and so amazing to be 'in the canyon' - we will definitely come again and...  more »
  • Excellent hike for a fit person. Go early, as less prepared hikers start later. Trail gets crowded as the day progresses. We started at 7:30 am and didn’t have so many hikers that it took away... 
    Excellent hike for a fit person. Go early, as less prepared hikers start later. Trail gets crowded as the day progresses. We started at 7:30 am and didn’t have so many hikers that it took away...  more »
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  • Love this spot of the south side of the Grand Canyon! This section of the rim is awesome during sunset! You can get there by car, shuttle bus, bikes/electric bikes and walking. It wasn't crowded at all when I went with my wife, which made definitely more pleasant. Check it out but be safe!👍
  • Best trail in the south rim during sunset I would say. Best view spots and not much hectic hike until ooh aah point. 30 min down and 45 min to 1 hour up way with all picture time. It's beautiful view and hike too

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