It’s one of the most visited national parks in the system, and for good reason: The Grand Canyon is GRAND. With overlooks, hiking, amazing sunsets, interesting ranger programs, and world-class backpacking opportunities, Grand Canyon National Park is worth visiting… no matter how crowded it may be.

To avoid crowds at the Grand Canyon, we suggest dipping down below the canyon rim. Only about 10 percent of visitors ever choose to do that.

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Must-Do Activities:

  • Hike below the rim: either the more-popular Bright Angel Trail or the steeper South Kaibab Trail
  • Watch a sunset from the rim
  • Visit the many visitor centers, and take in a ranger program. They are all stellar!
  • Enjoy the overlooks from the Hermit’s Rest scenic drive. If you have a bike, this is a good way to avoid crowds!

Off-the-Beaten-Path Adventures:

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