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.
- Your planning starts here: NPS Website
- Our article, Control the Chaos at the Grand Canyon
- Our article, Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim Corridor Hike
- Our video highlights
- 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!
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In August 2015 we left our jobs and our home to go on a tour of all 59 National Parks across the US during the NPS Centennial year. We spent a year immersing ourselves for about 5 days in each park as we tent camped, hiked, biked, backpacked, kayaked, and climbed our way through the challenge and adventure of our lifetime.
We are Cole and Elizabeth, twenty-something Missourians turned National Parks explorers - constantly seeking to find new adventure and ourselves. Follow our journey for pictures, videos, park tips, and stories - because after all, the Parks are for sharing.