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Rim Trail

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

The appropriately named Rim Trail runs 9.5 miles from Yavapai Point to Hermit’s Rest along the South Rim of The Western Grand Canyon, and along the way it offers spectacular views into the canyon. When the shuttle is running, generally from March to October, you can break up your hike by jumping on the free shuttle bus. This sounded like a good idea to us, so we took the shuttle to Maricopa Point and then walked the short distance, a half-mile, to Powell Point. Along the way we enjoyed views of condors soaring above, lizards scurrying about the desert cactus, and of course, the dramatic canyon. Maricopa Point offers up views of the Colorado River far below, and of the abandoned Orphan Mine. Powell Point has a memorial to river runner John Wesley Powell, but this structure pales in comparison to the awe inspiring vista from this overlook. As you make your way to the edge of the canyon you will be amazed by the sweeping vista, if you desire, walk out on the jumble of rocks near the canyon’s edge and relax while taking in the view.

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