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Rim Drive | Grand Canyon National Park, AZ 86023
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  • Type: Hiking
  • Time to Spend: Half Day to Full Day
Overall Rating: 4.0 (4.1)
Value: 5.0 (5.0)
Facilities: 3.5 (3.5)
Atmosphere: 4.0 (4.0)
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While the Grand Canyon Village has plenty to offer visitors, make sure you don't ignore the rest of the South Rim. The Rim Trail is one of the most popular and comprehensive trails in Grand Canyon and one of the best ways to see the South Rim's best attractions and viewpoints. This fairly easy walking path traces the canyon's edge, stopping off at favorite lookout points like Maricopa Point and Hopi Point. Rim Trail begins at Pipe Creek Vista (several miles east of Grand Canyon Village) and ends at the popular Hermit's Rest lookout point west of the village. In total, the Rim Trail stretches about 12 miles. Fortunately for travelers, a shuttle bus runs along a paved road along the trail, allowing for easy access to the village and points along the way.

Travelers enjoyed the variety offered along the trail, from crowded tourist points to more desolate stretches that allow for an escape to nature. As one TripAdvisor traveler writes: "At the East side, there are many gift shops, restaurants, and lodging just a stone's throw away, making the trail very crowded in that area. However, as you walk west, the crowd thins out, and we were able to really appreciate the grandeur of the canyon."

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