Hermit Trail, Grand Canyon National Park

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Take the scenic route through the Grand Canyon by hiking Hermit Trail. This challenging route takes visitors through historic sections of the canyon, all the way to the Colorado River. The trail spans 14.3 km (8.9 mi) and reaches elevations of 2,020 m (6,640 ft). The trail draws mostly experienced canyon hikers, so come prepared with proper hiking shoes, food, water, and equipment. The road to the start of the trail is closed to private vehicles, so plan to take the shuttle bus. Make Hermit Trail part of your personalized Grand Canyon National Park itinerary using our Grand Canyon National Park online travel route builder .
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  • Yes! Do this trail. It was originally constructed as a trail by the Santa Fe Railroad and Fred Harvey as a way to guide guests down to a campsite and river access. I think it went into disuse in the 1...  more »
  • This was my second backpacking trip at the Grand Canyon. My best friend and I went with Wildlandtrekking. A beautiful sunset at Plateau Point on our first day with an overnight at the solitude of Horn...  more »
  • Just went all the way. Downhill for nearly 8 miles is brutal. Be in shape to go beyond Santa Marie springs. Brace yourself for beauty beyond description... and to feel small again. The full Hermit/Mon...  more »

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Where to stay in Grand Canyon National Park

You'll find plenty of options if you want to stay inside Grand Canyon National Park. Most campgrounds and lodges sit around the South Rim area, and they tend to fill up quickly for summer visits, so book as far in advance as possible. The price range for lodge accommodations varies greatly, so there's something for nearly every budget. The less-visited North Rim features one lodge. For those who hike to the bottom of the canyon, dormitories and cabins are available at Phantom Ranch. If you can't secure a place in the park or find something there to your liking, the small village near the south entrance offers inns and economy motels. You’ll have the convenience of nearby restaurants if you stay there.
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