Grand Canyon Hikes For Families
These 3 great Grand Canyon Hikes for families offer options for all kinds of situations. There are hikes away from the crowds, hikes that take in museums and attractions, and hikes that give a taste of the epic trails without an epic effort. All of these hikes are family-safe and not too tough.
Distance: 2.2 miles
Shoshone Point is tucked away off the beaten path, yet only a few minutes drive from the Visitor's Center. You can't take a shuttle bus there, so you don't have the crowds. But the trail is wide, peaceful, and easy to follow. At the end you'll reach Shoshone Point, which has bathrooms, picnic tables, and an iconic viewpoint. It's a great option if you want to escape the crowds and decompress. It's also a popular spot for weddings.
Distance: 3 miles
The Bright Angel trail is the most popular trail at the Grand Canyon for a reason. As you hike down, the incredible views and iconic scenery really capture the essence of the Grand Canyon experience. The great thing is that you don't have to go on a major expedition to enjoy a hike into the Canyon. This hike on the Bright Angel Trail to 1.5 Mile Resthouse will give you a taste of the trails without a major effort. The trails are at least 4 feet wide, easy to follow, and don't have any crazy drops. And there's water and bathrooms at the halfway point.
Distance: 1.8 miles
This is a hike I recommend for families with older kids. It's not long, but the hike down the South Kaibab Trail will really give your kids a taste of the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon without all the tourists. The hike feels more rugged and of course offers great views, but it's also safe and well-maintained. If you have kids that want to "hike hike" but you don't want a major expedition into the canyon, this is a good choice to dip your toe in.
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