The month of March heralds the beginning of the Spring hiking season at Grand Canyon National Park. With temperatures climbing, daylight hours stretching, and the trails melting (though this year’s relatively snowless winter is making this a moot point), we are entering prime time to get a few big hikes under the belt before the summer’s triple-digit heat and heavy crowds arrive.
Until the North Rim opens in mid-May, your only options are utilizing the South Rim trails. For beginners, the Bright Angel and South Kaibab Trails are a great place to start. For more experienced hikers, the Hermit and Grandview Trails may be worth the extra effort. For seasoned Grand Canyon veterans the New Hance and Tanner Trails stand ready to put you to the test. Any way you slice it, you’re in for a heart-pumping experience wrapped in world-class scenery.
Be sure to plan accordingly, and remember that overnight camping requires a permit from the National Park Service (NPS). Follow these links for trail profiles, trail descriptions and hiking tips from the NPS and Hit the Trail, and enjoy your next foray into the grandest of canyons!