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. A visit to Hermit Trail represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Grand Canyon National Park vacation route planner to plot your vacation.
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  • May 1, 2017
    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 »
  • April 11, 2017
    It is the only place west of Grand Canyon Village that goes down into the canyon. The trail is different than most of the other trails although being the only one west it is well used.  more »
  • March 30, 2017
    So you came to the Grand Canyon thinking you would at least hike a little way down, and then you looked over the rim. The trails at the Grand Canyon are not for cowards, but if you happen to be one......  more »

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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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