Grandview Trail Details and Description
The Grandview Trail drops nearly 3,000 feet in its three mile decent to Horseshoe Mesa. This rugged hike is more of a wilderness experience than the more popular hikes, and a great way for more experienced hikers to explore the Canyon. During the trip you can set up camp on Horseshoe Mesa, Hance Creek or Cottonwood Creek. From these basecamps you will be able to lead you to many amazing destinations throughout your stay, including a little used route to the Colorado River. For those who want to make this trip even more adventurous you can spend a day in Grapevine Canyon. This little visited drainage is one of the South Rims most amazing side canyons and a true adventure off the beaten path. The last day of your trip to this area will challenge even the fittest hiker as you make the steep ascent back up the Grandview Trail, and reminisce on this awesome experience.
Grandview and Horseshoe Mesa FAQ’s
What are the specifications of the trip?
Number of Days: 2-4
Distance: 6mi/9km (not including day hikes)
Elevation Change: 2600ft/793m
Trip Dates: Spring and Fall
Pack Weight: 25lbs-35lbs
Difficulty (1 easy-10 extreme): 7
Are there any age or physical fitness requirements?
Age and physical fitness depends on both the trip, and the individual going on the trip. Even within a specific destination, trip length, time of year, weather, and means of transportation have a large impact. We have many different options, and can find an adventure that’s safe and enjoyable for you and your group.
What facilities will be available?
Camping- Campsite, Pit Toilets.
When is the best time of year to book a trip?
Spring and Fall
How soon should I book my trip?
Five months’ in advance the day permits open for your dates is advised due to limited permit availability. Permits for this hike are not guaranteed due to NPS regulations.
Are there any limits on group size?
The group size limit for a Rim to Rim is 11 people due to park service restrictions.
What should I bring?
Click on our Grand Canyon Hikes page to learn more abut trip planning