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North Kaibab Trail, Grand Canyon National Park

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Explore the North Rim of the Grand Canyon on a hike along North Kaibab Trail. The difficulty of this 14 km (8.7 mi) trek depends on how far you want to push yourself. For a shorter version, head in as far as the first attraction, a set of tunnels just 1.7 km (1 mi) from the start. There you can explore, take a break, and return by a mule ride. Farther along, the trail rises steadily higher, rewarding you with views of springs and waterfalls as you climb. Be sure to stay hydrated on this challenging hike; it can be extremely hot. Other hazards such as flash floods and encounters with wildlife are rare, but possible, so be prepared. You can camp along the way (only with a permit) at sites located 6.9 km (4.3 mi) and 13.8 km (8.6 mi) in. Add North Kaibab Trail and other attractions to your Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary using our Grand Canyon National Park travel itinerary maker.
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  • My nephew and I hiked the North Kaibab trail to Phantom Ranch on June 30. We checked out of our cabin at the north rim early and were on the Bridal trail to the North Kaibab trailhead by 2:30am. We ha...  more »
  • I would say this trail is wonderful, but the stench from the mules was horrible. The views are spectacular. (We went as far as the tunnel) Our smallest hiker was 7 so it is ok for a family, but get an...  more »
  • After being here at the canyon for over two years now, I love to explore a new trail every month. This trail is for the more experienced hiker but it was still a wonderfully beautiful view of the cany...  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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