Hike The Shoshone Point Trail

Hike the Shoshone Point Trail

In This Guide
  • Turn-by-Turn Hike Directions & Video
  • What to Expect on the Hike to Shoshone Point
  • Tips on Weather, Parking, and Planning for the Hike
Distance2.2 miles (3.5 km)
Hike Time1-2 Hours (Total)
Difficulty (?)Easy
Total Ascent (?)130 feet (40m)
Highest Elevation7,300 feet (2225m)
Fees & PermitsNational Park Entry Fee
Dog FriendlyNo
Park Website (?)Grand Canyon National Park
Park Phone928-638-7888
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Hidden just a mile off the South Rim road, this easy hike to Shoshone Point is worth your while. The Shoshone Point Trail is a beautiful walk through a Ponderosa Pine forest to a serene picnic spot, and then to a hidden rock formation and Shoshone Point. If you want to get away from the crowds of tourists stopping at the roadside attractions, this short hike is for you.

Shoshone is pronounced “show-show-knee.”

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How to Get to Shoshone Point

The Shoshone Point Trailhead parking lot is unmarked on the side of the road, just an 8-minute drive from the Grand Canyon Visitor’s Center. If you’re coming from the Visitor’s Center, the parking lot is the first lot on your left after Yaki Point Road, about 2 minutes or 1.2 miles.

Use this trailhead address:
Shoshone Point Trailhead, Desert View Dr, Grand Canyon Village, AZ 86023

Shoshone Point Trail Parking
Here’s the entrance to the unmarked parking area.

Gear for the Hike

This is more of an easy walk than a hike, and you can get away with everyday clothing here. If you do have fitness or hiking clothes, it will make the hike more pleasant. There is no water at the trailhead or at Shoshone Point, so bring 1L with you on the hike.

Weather can be extreme at the Grand Canyon. If there is snow and ice, don’t hike all the way out to Shoshone Point. There are no guardrails at Shoshone Point, so stay off the ledges when there’s ice.

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La Sportiva Spire

The La Sportiva Spire boots feel like comfortable sneakers but offer the protection of hiking boots. They’re great on everything from short hikes to longer hikes of 10+ miles. You don’t want to skimp on your feet.
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Opsrey Stratos Blue

I test a lot of gear, and for short to medium day hikes, travel, and everyday use, the Osprey Stratos (men) and Osprey Sirrus (women) are consistently the best. They’re lightweight, hold a hydration bladder to make drinking water easy, have lots of pockets to organize gear, and most importantly, are incredibly comfortable. Check out the reviews; they are impressive.
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Garmin Inreach Mini Beacon

If you’re not familiar with the Garmin InReach technology, it allows you to send and receive text messages where you don’t have cell phone signals. You can also get weather reports and trigger an SOS to emergency responders. Even if you don’t have an emergency, sending a quick message telling a loved one that you’re okay or are running late is well worth the cost. The Mini fits in your palm and weighs next to nothing. Read my review and see the lowest prices and reviews at REI (or Amazon).

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Shoshone Point Trail Maps

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Fenix 6 Pro

I’m a big fan of GPS watches to follow my GPX track (which I also use as a sleep, wellness, and fitness tracker) and my current watch is the Fenix 6 Pro Solar (full review here). I load my GPX tracks onto the watch to make sure I’m in the right place, and if not, the onboard topo maps allow me to navigate on the fly. It’s pricey but it has a great battery, accurate GPS, and tons of functionality. If you want something similar without the maps and big price tag, check out the Garmin Instinct which is a great buy (prices on REI and Amazon) and does a lot of the same things.

How to Hike to Shoshone Point

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Shoshone Point is named after a tribe of Shoshone dialect-speaking Native Americans who would allegedly “offer their dead to the canyon” from the point.

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Turn By Turn Directions

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The trail starts on the right side at the far end of the parking lot.
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Go through the gate at the beginning of the trail.
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The dirt road gently makes its way through the Ponderosa Pine forest that you find all over the South Rim. You’ll notice that as you get closer to the actual rim, the trees get shorter. They don’t grow as tall in the high winds by the rim. This area is a popular grazing spot for elk and deer, so keep your eyes open as you hike up the trail.
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You might notice some burn areas along the side of the trail. The Parks Service did a prescribed burn here in 2006. Most of the growth you see around you has grown from 2006 on.
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When you get to the split, you can hike either way.
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When the split comes back together, you start entering the picnic area. There are primitive toilets here.
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Just after the toilets you’ll see a pavilion and picnic benches. This is a great place for a snack and rest. Shoshone Point is also a popular spot for weddings and events. You can get a permit from the Parks Service.
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There are some small viewpoints around the picnic area.
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Head through the dispersed picnic benches on the left side of the picnic area.
Map Shoshone Picnic Area
Here’s an overview of how to get through the picnic area to the actual Shoshone Point.
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Just past the picnic benches continue along the wide trail.
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Soon the trail thins out. Follow the footpath toward the actual Shoshone Point.
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There it is! Be careful as you walk out and around the point. There are no guardrails and the drops are deadly.
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Since Shoshone Point is out on a promontory, you’ll get great panoramic views into the Grand Canyon.
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Here’s the very cool monolithic rock formation on Shoshone Point.

From here, you just hike back out the way you came in.

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