South Kaibab Trail, Grand Canyon National Park

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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.
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  • A must do if you hike, and even if you don't hike, a short hike from the top will be very rewarding. One of my all time favorite hikes, and I've hiked a lot.  more »
  • We hiked to skeleton point on an unseasonably cool day in early October. Leaving at about 8am allowed us to park on the main road about half a mile up from the trail head. There was no parking allowed...  more »
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