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Grand Canyon National Park – A Treat for the Senses

Considered by many as one of the natural wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon National Park is a must visit. Located in the state of Arizona, the Grand Canyon acquired National Park status in 1919 and is host to over 5 million visitors each year!

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View From Angels Window - Grand Canyon

Most visitors tend to stay and see the South Rim of the park, since it is easily accessible. Multiple lodging options are available on the South Rim; however, you’ll want to book in advance. Summer months are especially busy. Although not visited as much, the North Rim of the Grand Canyon also offers plenty of activities, amazing scenery, and options for overnight accommodations. With so much to do and see, the Grand Canyon National Park is definitely a treat for the senses!

For more information regarding the Grand Canyon, visit the U.S. National Parks Service website.

Grand Canyon North Rim Trails

Although not as popular as the South Rim, the North Rim of the Grand Canyon is just as beautiful and with as much to do and see. The Grand Canyon North Rim Trails will give you a variety of ways to explore this part of the park. From easy day-hikes to more rigorous adventures, you’ll find something that suits your activity levels. Pictured below is the Widforss Trail, named after twentieth-century artist Gunner Widforss, who lived within the Grand Canyon National Park and painted its amazing landscapes and natural features.

The North Rim trails are well maintained by the National Park service. As you explore the trails, take a moment to appreciate the quiet, tranquil surroundings. As with any day-hike, be prepared by wearing sunscreen and bringing sufficient water and snacks. Keep in mind, many trails (such as the Widforss) may not have restrooms nor access to drinking water.

Grand Canyon Widforss Trail

Colorful wildflowers adorn the trails. Some are small and unassuming; so, make sure you go in for a closer look. Along with beautiful wildflowers and many species of trees, you’ll also see an abundance of wildlife such as horned lizards, butterflies, deer, and turkey. Some have even spotted bob cats and porcupines!


For a complete list of Grand Canyon North Rim Trails (as well as South Rim trails), visit the National Park Service’s Day Hiking – Grand Canyon page.