The Arizona Trail runs through the Grand Canyon. So if you decide to do a thru-hike of the Arizona Trail, or AZT, one bonus is that you’ll get to hike down to the floor of the canyon and back out again.

I was fortunate enough to hike the AZT in the spring of 2019, so I got to hike through the canyon. It was an incredible experience!

But you don’t have to be hiking the AZT in order to explore the Grand Canyon. Any visitor can hike here for a few hours or a few days. Unfortunately, the vast majority of visitors to this natural wonder simply view it from up top. If you visit this popular vacation spot, and have the time and physical ability to hike down into it – even just a little way – I guarantee it’s totally worth it.

Tips for Hiking the Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon offers hikers serious terrain. So you definitely need to be extra careful when hiking here. For one thing, carry plenty of water. And I mean A LOT of water. Rangers tell me people repeatedly hike with little to no water and suffer the consequences. It’s important to pack snacks, too, especially salty ones like pretzels, nuts or cheese. And don’t go for a hike when it’s hot out. It’s best to hike in spring or fall. If you must visit in the summer, hike in the early morning or evening only.

In addition, make sure to stay on the trail. Don’t walk too close to the edge, especially if there’s a steep drop-off. Unfortunately, a fair number of people get injured every year, or even die, from falling over the edge.

It’s a good idea to use trekking poles or a hiking stick, too. There are a lot of ups and downs on this trail, and poles or a stick can be quite helpful.

These tips should help you get started. The National Park Service website has a lot of additional information. Being prepared is essential!

 

 

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