East Rim Destinations and Activities
The most popular activities that take place in Marble Canyon start at Lee’s Ferry. Multi-Day Whitewater Rafting through the Grand Canyon all the way to Lake Mead are a classic canyon adventure. While Rafters cruise down the canyon, fishing guides and other fisherman usually head up river into Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Backpackers with proper permits will end an awesome hike through Paria Canyon and history buffs can explore the old homestead.
More adventurous sportsman will hike down one of several side canyons to reach a more remote fishing hole within Marble Canyon. Hikers will also have a great time here with some awesome day hikes and backpacks to the Colorado River, as well as shorter hikes that head inland through some fascinating geology. If you have a 4X4 you can actually drive right out to the rim of the Canyon and set-up camp without another soul in sight.
Vermillion Cliffs are the dramatic back drop of this area and home to three lodge that offer accommodations and great food. These are old school lodges that still have character, as well as some characters that run them. There is also a Fly Fishing Outfitter, and a place to gas up for those heading up to the Grand Canyon's North Rim or Southern Utah. Hikers to want to check out seldom visited trails or head off-trail will love exploring Vermillion Cliffs.
Guru Tips for Exploring the East Rim
The East Rim (Marble Canyon) is a very unique part of Grand Canyon National Park. Nearby the North Rim, Lake Powell, Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon also offer some awesome tourist attractions and unique experiences. Here’s a couple tips for making the most of the East Rim.
Reserve your hotel or campground in advance
- Although it's not as busy as the South Rim, East Rim Lodging options are limited so it's a good idea to book in advance. Check out our East Rim Hotel guide to learn more or make reservations for your East Rim adventure.
- For car camping reservations at the canyon and other nearby parks go to recreation.gov.
- Another great option to explore the canyon and other nearby attractions is to rent an RV. Outdoorsy has a ton of options from camper vans to larger RVs.
Book a tour or ticket before you get to the canyon
- A guided tour is a great way to really experience the Grand Canyon and having a reservation means you won't have to worry about finding activities when your on vacation.
- Learn more about tours with our complete list of Grand Canyon Guided Tours.
Get geared up
- Make sure you have the right gear for your trip. From launching a rafting trip at Lee's Ferry to fly fishing on the Colorado River good gear is essential.
- We’re definitely gear junkies here at the Grand Canyon Guru. Check out our recommended gear for our favorite canyon-ready clothing, travel bags and outdoor gear as well as rental options to outfit your trip.
More resources for your East Rim trip
- It always a good idea to have travel insurance for your trip. Check out rates and get travel insurance before you head to the canyon.
- If you need more booking options for hotels, rental cars, flights, tours and tickets just check out our Grand Canyon reservations page.
- Take a look at our featured tour and recommended East Rim lodging below and learn more about East Rim Visitor Centers, locations and more.