We live in Northern Arizona and get to the Grand Canyon about once per year or so (although I wish it was more!). On our most recent trip I discovered my FAVORITE way to see the Grand Canyon… on a bike!
On the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park there is a trail that goes right along the rim of the canyon with little elevation change, rightly named the “Rim Trail”. The Bike route runs parallel and shares the path of the Rim Trail in multiple locations.
Although some like a little more adventure and enjoy hiking into the canyon, I prefer the rim trail because:
- Its EASY
- It has some of the best views
- It lets you see the canyon from all different angles
- You can quickly get around on a bike or through the park’s shuttle system
From the Visitor Center to the east end of the trail at Yaki Point it is about 1.5 miles and 45 minutes on a bike (very leisurely pace with lots of stops to check out the views). We brought our own bikes, but there is also a bike rental shop in the National Park with guided rides available.
Below are some links to help plan your trip. *We are in no way affiliated with Grand Canyon National Park or Bike Grand Canyon Bike Shop*
Map of the South Rim (bike routes in green): https://www.nps.gov/grca/learn/news/upload/sr-pocket-map.pdf
Day hikes on the South Rim (including the Rim Trail): https://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/day-hiking.htm
Bike rentals: http://bikegrandcanyon.com/