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A holiday to the Grand Canyon should be on everybody’s bucket list. Sculpted by the Colorado River over millions of years, this awe-inspiring landscape encompasses miles of red and amber-toned rock formations that tower above the canyon’s base. With its scenic hiking trails, sweeping views, and sacred Native American history, it’s no wonder why over six million people flock to see this stupendous natural landmark every year.

One of the best ways to soak up the scenery of the Grand Canyon is by following a hiking trail through the Grand Canyon National Park. The gently undulating South Rim Trail is one of the more relaxed routes available, but there are also plenty of more challenging trails if you want to get your heart pumping. If you’re an early riser, you may want to plan to see an incredible Grand Canyon sunrise. Watch as sunlight pools into the depths of the gorge, illuminating the tranquil Colorado River that snakes along the canyon floor. Or, if you’d rather wait until the evening, you can catch the waves of purple and gold that erupt into the sky at sunset, or gaze at a sea of bright stars once the park is covered in darkness.

If you fancy a change from hiking, there are countless other ways that you can explore the Grand Canyon. A great option is to take a 4x4 drive along one of the park’s iconic roads. Desert View Drive is a popular route, boasting incredible views and passing landmarks such as the Tusayan Ruins and the Desert View Watchtower. For a break from behind the wheel, you can make your way to the bottom of the canyon for a rafting expedition along the Colorado River. Or, if you’re searching for some thrills, why not cover some serious ground on a helicopter tour?

Whether you decide to walk, drive or fly above the cliffs of the Grand Canyon, it’s sure to be an experience to remember. For a holiday amid this magnificent natural wonder, get in touch with one of our Travel Specialists and start planning your ideal itinerary.

Things to do

Hiking

Wildlife

Best time to go

Things to do in the Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is a sight to behold in itself. You could spend hours at a singular viewpoint, sitting on the rim edge and gazing over the vast expanse. But, if you want your visit to be a bit more action-packed then you’re in luck, as there’s plenty to keep you occupied all day long.
If you want to learn about the history of the canyon and the people who once called it home, then a visit to the Tusayan Ruins is a must. This 800-year-old Pueblo Indian site offers a glimpse into ancient history and the nearby museum contains artefacts dating back over 4,000 years. Another historical landmark in the park is the Desert View Watchtower. Climb your way to the top of the 70-foot-tall structure for spectacular views of the canyon and Colorado River, or step inside to admire the Native American symbols and pictographs that cover the walls and ceilings.

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If you’d rather learn about the geology of the Grand Canyon, then a visit to the Yavapai Geology Museum is just the thing. As well as getting more incredible views of the canyon, here you’ll get an insight into how the canyon was formed, with the help of guided tours, exhibitions and a three-dimensional, topographic map.

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Hike the Grand Canyon

With over 100 trails covering almost 2,000 square miles of rugged terrain, hiking in the Grand Canyon is an unparalleled experience. From gentle, well-trodden paths, to the steeper, more demanding routes, you’ll be sure to find a hiking trail that suits you perfectly.
For a flat walking route that boasts panoramic views and photo-worthy pit stop points, the South Rim Trail is ideal. Make your way along the canyon edge, looking out for wild elk and coyote as you go, before arriving at Hermits Rest for a well-deserved refuel.

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If you fancy a tougher challenge, an alternative route is to take the South Kaibab Trail up to Skeleton Point. Be prepared to wind your way past canyon outcrops and take on some serious incline as you make your way to the iconic overlook.
If you want to extend your hike into an overnight expedition, consider trekking to the majestic, blue-green waters of Havasu Falls. You’ll need to book in advance to visit and the hike to get there is fairly difficult, but in return you’ll be rewarded with immense scenery unlike anything you can see in the rest of the park.

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Wildlife

Thanks to its rugged, barren-looking landscape, you might think it’s only humans that roam the grounds of the Grand Canyon. But, when it comes to wildlife, there’s more to this rocky expanse than meets this eye. 
It’s not uncommon to see bald eagles soaring through the sky above the canyon park. Set apart by their white-tail and bright yellow beak, these birds are most likely to be seen hunting for trout by the Colorado River, or sitting on a shaded branch of a sycamore tree. Another feathered-friend to look out for is the California condor. This regal, black vulture is not only the largest bird in North America, but it’s also one of the rarest in the world. It’s worth keeping an eye out if you’re walking the South Rim Trail, or headed in the direction of the Historic Navajo Bridge. 

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Although less typical, there are sometimes sightings of Rocky Mountain elk in the Grand Canyon. These mystical creatures can’t be approached, but thanks to their size, these 700-pound beasts can be easily admired from a distance. But, if you can see past the camouflage, you’ll be able to get a closer look at the more brazen bighorn sheep. You’ll most likely spot them in small groups, wandering the steep slopes of the canyon’s cliff edge.

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Best time to visit

The Grand Canyon welcomes visitors all year round, but it’s worth noting that some parts of the park close during the winter. Whilst this season is a beautifully peaceful time to visit, with a big attraction being the spectacular snow-covered scenery on display, be prepared to stick to the South Rim Trail. If you’re planning a trip during springtime, you’ll be greeted with ideal hiking temperatures and little amounts of rainfall, but it is still possible that the North Rim trails will be inaccessible due to snow.

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Although it’s the peak season for crowds, summer is a fantastic time to plan a holiday to the Grand Canyon. If you’re wanting to try activities like camping, rafting and helicopter tours, then June and July are perfect thanks to the blue skies and sunny weather. And, whilst you might have to stay a bit later in the day to catch a Grand Canyon sunset during the summer months, it will most certainly be worth the wait.

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Show Less

Things to do

Things to do in the Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is a sight to behold in itself. You could spend hours at a singular viewpoint, sitting on the rim edge and gazing over the vast expanse. But, if you want your visit to be a bit more action-packed then you’re in luck, as there’s plenty to keep you occupied all day long.
If you want to learn about the history of the canyon and the people who once called it home, then a visit to the Tusayan Ruins is a must. This 800-year-old Pueblo Indian site offers a glimpse into ancient history and the nearby museum contains artefacts dating back over 4,000 years. Another historical landmark in the park is the Desert View Watchtower. Climb your way to the top of the 70-foot-tall structure for spectacular views of the canyon and Colorado River, or step inside to admire the Native American symbols and pictographs that cover the walls and ceilings.

Show More
Show Less

If you’d rather learn about the geology of the Grand Canyon, then a visit to the Yavapai Geology Museum is just the thing. As well as getting more incredible views of the canyon, here you’ll get an insight into how the canyon was formed, with the help of guided tours, exhibitions and a three-dimensional, topographic map.

Show More
Show Less

Hiking

Hike the Grand Canyon

With over 100 trails covering almost 2,000 square miles of rugged terrain, hiking in the Grand Canyon is an unparalleled experience. From gentle, well-trodden paths, to the steeper, more demanding routes, you’ll be sure to find a hiking trail that suits you perfectly.
For a flat walking route that boasts panoramic views and photo-worthy pit stop points, the South Rim Trail is ideal. Make your way along the canyon edge, looking out for wild elk and coyote as you go, before arriving at Hermits Rest for a well-deserved refuel.

Show More
Show Less

If you fancy a tougher challenge, an alternative route is to take the South Kaibab Trail up to Skeleton Point. Be prepared to wind your way past canyon outcrops and take on some serious incline as you make your way to the iconic overlook.
If you want to extend your hike into an overnight expedition, consider trekking to the majestic, blue-green waters of Havasu Falls. You’ll need to book in advance to visit and the hike to get there is fairly difficult, but in return you’ll be rewarded with immense scenery unlike anything you can see in the rest of the park.

Show More
Show Less

Wildlife

Wildlife

Thanks to its rugged, barren-looking landscape, you might think it’s only humans that roam the grounds of the Grand Canyon. But, when it comes to wildlife, there’s more to this rocky expanse than meets this eye. 
It’s not uncommon to see bald eagles soaring through the sky above the canyon park. Set apart by their white-tail and bright yellow beak, these birds are most likely to be seen hunting for trout by the Colorado River, or sitting on a shaded branch of a sycamore tree. Another feathered-friend to look out for is the California condor. This regal, black vulture is not only the largest bird in North America, but it’s also one of the rarest in the world. It’s worth keeping an eye out if you’re walking the South Rim Trail, or headed in the direction of the Historic Navajo Bridge. 

Show More
Show Less

Although less typical, there are sometimes sightings of Rocky Mountain elk in the Grand Canyon. These mystical creatures can’t be approached, but thanks to their size, these 700-pound beasts can be easily admired from a distance. But, if you can see past the camouflage, you’ll be able to get a closer look at the more brazen bighorn sheep. You’ll most likely spot them in small groups, wandering the steep slopes of the canyon’s cliff edge.

Show More
Show Less

Best time to go

Best time to visit

The Grand Canyon welcomes visitors all year round, but it’s worth noting that some parts of the park close during the winter. Whilst this season is a beautifully peaceful time to visit, with a big attraction being the spectacular snow-covered scenery on display, be prepared to stick to the South Rim Trail. If you’re planning a trip during springtime, you’ll be greeted with ideal hiking temperatures and little amounts of rainfall, but it is still possible that the North Rim trails will be inaccessible due to snow.

Show More
Show Less

Although it’s the peak season for crowds, summer is a fantastic time to plan a holiday to the Grand Canyon. If you’re wanting to try activities like camping, rafting and helicopter tours, then June and July are perfect thanks to the blue skies and sunny weather. And, whilst you might have to stay a bit later in the day to catch a Grand Canyon sunset during the summer months, it will most certainly be worth the wait.

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