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Grand Canyon Scenic Viewpoints

Scenic Grand Canyon Vistas

Because Grand Canyon is 277-miles long, the options for scenic viewpoints are truly endless. No matter which side of the canyon you plan to visit, you will be able to stop at numerous incredible views, so you can take home the photos of a lifetime. The South Rim has the most popular and some say the best views, but the North Rim offers solitude and amazing places like Point Sublime. The West Rim is home to the Grand Canyon Skywalk, a unique glass bridge perched on the rim of the canyon and far flung destination like Tuweep has the much photographed Toroweap Point. No matter where you travel to at the Grand Canyon, there’s an awesome vista with your name on it. Read the guide below to learn more.

South Rim Scenic Viewpoints

The South Rim is the most-visited part of Grand Canyon so a lot of the photos that you see were taken from these viewpoints. Because the South Rim is lower than the North Rim, you have wide, sweeping views from this side and you can gaze across at the temples and buttes that line the North Rim of the canyon.

  • Pima Point
    Pima Point
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    A popular spot for sunset near the end of Hermit Road, Pima Point gives you great views of the Colorado River.
  • Monument Creek Vista
    Monument Creek Vista
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    A less-visited Hermit Road overlook, Monument Creek Vista is a quiet stop where you can take in the deep red colors of the Supai group and Redwall limestone rock layers.
  • The Abyss
    The Abyss
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    Named for the extreme vertical drop of the canyon below the overlook, you can gaze down thousands of feet into the Monument Creek drainage.
  • Mohave Point
    Mohave Point
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    Even though this is a less popular option for sunset along the Hermit Road, Mohave Point juts out into the canyon and offers quieter and beautiful sunset views. You can see the Colorado River below the overlook as well.
  • Hopi Point
    Hopi Point
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    The most popular of the Hermit Road overlooks for sunset, Hopi Point has a sweeping east/west view of the canyon and beautiful glimpses of the Colorado River as well.
  • Powell Point
    Powell Point
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    Featuring a stone memorial to Major John Wesley Powell’s exploratory river trips through Grand Canyon in the 1860’s, the raised platform at Powell Point gives you a unique view of the canyon.
  • Maricopa Point
    Maricopa Point
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    One of many beautiful Hermit Road vistas, Maricopa Point is probably best known as the site of the 1893 Orphan copper and uranium mine. While the mining structures have already been removed the canyon’s rim, it will be a years-long project for the National Park Service to restore the mine site so that it is once again safe for visitors and wildlife.
  • Trailview Overlook
    Trailview Overlook
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    A short walk or shuttle bus ride from Grand Canyon Village, Trailview Overlook gives you a great view of Bright Angel Trail as it drops into the canyon below you. You can also gaze across the south rim and see many of the historic buildings in Grand Canyon Village.
  • Yavapai Point
    Yavapai Point
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    Of all the overlooks along the South Rim, Yavapai Point was selected as the best place for a geology museum because it not only offers very clear views of every rock layer that makes up Grand Canyon but also views of the Colorado River that carved it. You can enjoy the view from either inside or outside the Yavapai Geology Museum.
  • Ooh Aah Point
    Ooh Aah Point
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    One of the most family-friendly hikes on the South Rim, Ooh Aah Point is a 1.8-mile roundtrip hike down the South Kaibab Trail. As its name suggests, you get an incredible view of the canyon for not hiking that far!
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North Rim Scenic Viewpoints

Only open seasonally, the North Rim offers the highest viewpoints to be found along the canyon and you have many opportunities to see up-close views of the photogenic temples, buttes and mesas that form from eroding rainwater on this side of Grand Canyon.

  • Bright Angel Point
    Bright Angel Point
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    While it is the easiest to access scenic viewpoint on the North Rim, Bright Angel Point does not disappoint. A short, .5-mile roundtrip hike leads out the point itself where you can see Roaring Springs and Bright Angel Canyon below you, in addition to the sweeping Grand Canyon views to the east and west.
  • Coconino Overlook
    Coconino Overlook
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    A short but steep, 1.6-mile roundtrip hike on the North Kaibab Trail takes you to Coconino Overlook. Here you will take in eye-level views of the steep cliffs formed by the Coconino sandstone layer of Grand Canyon.
  • Supai Tunner
    Supai Tunnel
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    While the tunnel itself makes a great frame for scenic photos, just beyond the tunnel you will find yet another dramatic view of Bright Angel Canyon and you can see the North Kaibab Trail snaking even further down into the canyon below you. 3.7-mile roundtrip hike.
  • Point Sublime
    Point Sublime
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    Well named, this point is hard to access but well worth it if you choose to make the 36-mile roundtrip driving journey.
  • Point Imperial
    Point Imperial
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    This highest of all Grand Canyon viewpoint gives you the best views of the eastern end of Grand Canyon, including the Painted Desert beyond it.
  • Vista Encantada
    Vista Encantada
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    From here you can see a close view of the nearby Walhalla Plateau as well as the flat plains of the Painted Desert in the distance. The canyon views are stunning, including a glimpse of Nankoweap Creek down below.
  • Roosevelt Point
    Roosevelt Point
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    Roosevelt Point was dedicated in 1990 to honor President Teddy Roosevelt’s early efforts to protect Grand Canyon from development by protecting it as a National Monument. As such, this isn’t one of the premier Grand Canyon views, but more of a might-as-well stop if you’re on your way to Cape Royal.
  • Walhalla Overlook
    Walhalla Overlook
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    Walhalla Overlook offers a unique view of the Colorado River as it snakes around the Unkar Delta at the bottom of Grand Canyon. The delta farmed by Ancestral Puebloan people.
  • Angels Window
    Angels Window
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    The highlight of this viewpoint is the aptly named Angels Window, a sizable “window” in the Kaibab Limestone near the overlook.
  • Cape Royal Overlook
    Cape Royal Overlook
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    One of the best North Rim viewpoints by far, you can take in incredibly vast views of the canyon no matter which way you look.

East Rim Scenic Viewpoints

While there is only one scenic viewpoint on the East Rim, it is also one of the most easily accessible and famous viewpoints as well.

  • Horseshoe Bend Overlook
    Horseshoe Bend Overlook
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    Probably the most photographed viewpoint in Grand Canyon on social media, this overlook is a short, easy walk from the parking lot to take in the view of the steep drop down to the Colorado River below. This point is named for the way the river winds its way around the rocks across the canyon, creating a distinct horseshoe shape.

West Rim Scenic Viewpoints

West Rim Grand Canyon offers some unique viewpoints to visitors. Toroweap is certainly one of the most beautiful natural views of the canyon while the Grand Canyon Skywalk at Eagle Point is certainly the biggest adrenaline rush viewpoint thanks to the glass-bottomed platform that visitors can walk out on to see the canyon.

  • Toroweap Overlook
    Toroweap Overlook
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    This viewpoint is unlike any other at Grand Canyon, probably because of the breathtaking 3,000 ft sheer drop at the overlook itself.
  • Eagle Point
    Eagle Point
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    Also known as the Grand Canyon Skywalk, here you will have the opportunity to walk out 70-feet beyond the rim of the canyon and take in the views from the glass-bottomed platform.
  • Guano Point
    Guano Point
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    Guano Point strangely features the remnants of the mining cable car structures that were once used to mine bat guano in the 1930s-1950s in this area.

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