South Kaibab Trail, Grand Canyon National Park

4.9
#2 of 16 in Trails in Grand Canyon National Park
Reward yourself with some of the best views Grand Canyon National Park has to offer by hiking South Kaibab Trail. From the trailhead near Yaki Point to the end of the trail at the Bright Angel Campground, the trail is 11.4 km (7.1 mi) long. With the elevation change of 1,460 m (4,780 ft), the trail is pretty steep and hiking its entirety is generally recommended only to seasoned hikers. Those who go the distance will be rewarded with breathtaking, 360-degree views of the Colorado River and Grand Canyon. The trail has little shade and no access to water until you reach the Bright Angel Campground, so dehydration is a serious hazard. It's absolutely essential to bring enough water as well as water purification tablets, because even the water at the camp is not always drinkable. Our Grand Canyon National Park vacation planner makes visiting South Kaibab Trail and other Grand Canyon National Park attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
Improve this listing »
Create an itinerary including South Kaibab Trail
map
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors
South Kaibab Trail Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5.0
1,469 reviews
TripAdvisor
  • We hiked down the South Kiabab trail starting at 6am and were able to watch the sun rise over the canyon. It was amazing! This is the steeper of the south rim trails. I have hiked to the bottom of thi...  more »
  • we only went down to the first rest stop. but it was worth every step. Take hiking poles! you can rent them at the village in the general store  more »
  • We have walked this trail to skeleton point. Fun is that you can see the Colorado River. Down is good to do. Up is very heavy. We have 5 hours and we had 4liter of water.
    View original
Places to stay near South Kaibab Trail

Plan your trip to Grand Canyon National Park

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans to South Kaibab Trail by other users

18 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM June, teens, popular sights PREFERENCES: June, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 21 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 30 days in United States & Mexico BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM December, popular sights PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 31 days in Grand Canyon National Park BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 18 days in United States BY A USER FROM SWEDEN June, teens, popular sights PREFERENCES: June, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 60 days in United States, Toronto & Niagara Falls BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, popular sights PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 60 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 21 days in United States BY A USER FROM IRELAND June, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: June, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 15 days in United States BY A USER FROM SRI LANKA August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 17 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 15 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM May, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 15 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium
View more plans