Follow Grand Canyon National Park’s Rim Drive (AZ 64) to its southernmost dip, about 11 miles east of Grand Canyon Village. From this junction, follow FR 310 (Coconino Rim Drive) 1.3 miles south to the trailhead.
There is no overnight parking or camping at the trailhead. You must take a shuttle from Grand Canyon Village, near the intersection of US 180 and AZ 64. Information is available within the Park Guide you’ll receive at the entrance kiosk, and also at the Visitor Center.
Trail Route Description
Passage 37 begins at the Grandview Lookout Tower, follows the Tusayan Bike Trails toward Tusayan and then enters Grand Canyon National Park. In the park it makes use of old double tracks and bike paths as it winds its way toward Yaki Point and the South Kaibab Trailhead. This section passes through beautifully forested terrain with minimal changes in elevation.
The Grandview Lookout Tower is a fire lookout located in Kaibab National Forest. Those brave enough to climb the staircase inside of the 80ft steel tower will find breathtaking panoramic views overlooking the surrounding pine forest and out to the Grand Canyon.
After entering the national park the route joins the paved Greenway Trail, passes trails connecting to Mather Campground, and Grand Canyon Village as well as the Grand Canyon Visitor Center.
Water is available in Tusayan and the Grand Canyon Village. Water may also be available in the stock tanks along the trail and seasonally in some of the drainages the trail crosses. Check the online Arizona Trail Water Report for current information at https://aztrail.org/explore/water-sources/.
All water found in creeks and springs on this passage should be purified prior to use.
There is a fee for entering Grand Canyon National Park. Contact the park service for details.
Arizona Daily Sun (December 9, 2022) by Sean Golightly The Pinyon Plain (formerly Canyon) uranium mine near Grand Canyon National Park has been issued a new permit by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, opening the door for future mining. Robert Tohe, courtesy file photo. A long-dormant uranium mine located 10 miles south of the Grand Canyon could soon begin extracting ore for the first time in 30 years. Originally permitted in 1984, the Pinyon Plain Mine (formerly the Canyon Mine) owned by Energy Fuels shut down production in 1992 following a dip in uranium prices that made mining unprofitable. Since that time, the mine has been largely dormant but remained permitted for operation, effectively becoming grandfathered into legal operation despite the 20-year moratorium placed on uranium mining in the Grand Canyon region by the Obama administration. Over the last 30 years, the Pinyon Plain Mine has produced far more controversy than it has uranium. The mine’s proximity to the Grand Canyon and other important ancestral lands, such as Red Butte Mesa, have earned it the opposition of the Havasuapi Tribe, which has protested its existence since the 1980s. Energy Fuels has also performed a surprising amount of activity on...
The Pinyon Plain Mine (formerly Canyon Mine) appears to be gearing up for uranium mining operations fewer than 10 miles from the south rim of the Grand Canyon, and less than four miles from the Arizona National Scenic Trail. Hundreds more uranium mines could eventually be developed on public lands near Grand Canyon National Park if the Senate fails to pass Senate Bill 387, the Grand Canyon Protection Act. Operators of the controversial uranium mine recently posted a job ad on Craigslist to recruit new miners, after its owner announced a deal that could ramp up operations at the mine as soon as 2023. Increased activity has been observed inside the mine fence. The Senate has only a few weeks left to pass the Grand Canyon Protection Act, which would permanently ban new uranium mines on just over 1 million acres of federal public lands near the Grand Canyon. The bill has already passed the house twice. As longtime residents of the Grand Canyon, the Havasupai Tribe, its leaders, and elders have fought against uranium mining for decades. “It is time to permanently ban uranium mining — not only to preserve the Havasupai Tribe’s cultural identity and our existence as the...
Williams-Grand Canyon News (August 3, 2022) The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee considered and offered amendments on the Grand Canyon Protection Act, a bill that will protect about 1 million acres of public lands near Grand Canyon National Park from uranium mining. The Act would make permanent a ban on mining that was enacted administratively in 2012. This is the farthest the bill has advanced. A broad coalition of conservation organizations, business owners, faith groups, local government leaders, military veterans, hunting and fishing groups, river runners and others joined Indigenous tribes and nations, including the Havasupai Tribe, which has led this important effort to protect these lands, in urging the U.S. Senate to expeditiously pass the bill, despite the 10-10 partisan vote in committee. “There are increasing threats to the lands and waters in the Grand Canyon region, including from harmful uranium mining,” said Sandy Bahr, director for Sierra Club’s Grand Canyon Chapter. “The Senate now has this historic opportunity to help protect this region, protect Grand Canyon National Park, the region’s groundwater, and the lands, waters, and culture of the Havasupai. Now is the time for them to listen to Tribal leaders and the people of Arizona and...
Due to significant precipitation received across the Coconino and Kaibab National Forests of northern Arizona, fire restrictions and certain area closures will be lifted starting at noon on Tuesday, June 28. Fire-related area closures will remain in effect around the perimeters of the Pipeline and Haywire fires but have been reduced in size. The decision to lift fire restrictions was made based on the amount of precipitation both received and forecasted across both forests. While a ban on campfires and smoking has been lifted, visitors are reminded that fireworks are never allowed on National Forest land at any time. Please check National Forest websites before traveling and recreating to learn more about area closures and restrictions, which can change rapidly.
East Greenwich News (January 31, 2021) by Jonathan Malone It was hot, it was dry, and I was afraid that I was running out of water. I had been hiking through the high plateau desert in Arizona for three days and I had seen only a handful of people, lots of cows, and a few horses. I had heard elk and coyotes, but had not yet seen any of them. I was deep in the wilderness, there were few people, and my water supply was worrisome. I chose to be in this place. In September I backpacked for approximately 100 miles of the wilderness of Arizona. Hiking and backpacking are things I love to do, and I have gone on many solo and group trips in the Adirondack Mountains in New York and the White Mountains in New Hampshire as well as other areas of the Northeast. I love taking time to be in the forest, by the streams and lakes, and surrounded by the mountains. This year I opted for something completely new to me; I decided to hike one small portion of the 800-mile Arizona Trail. I started just north of Flagstaff and headed to the North Rim of the...
The Grand Canyon Protection Act passed the U.S House of Representatives today! This important conservation legislation would protect the Arizona Trail from dangerous uranium mining north and south of Grand Canyon National Park. Thank you, Congressman Raul Grijalva, and all Representatives who voted in favor of the Act (Gallego, Kirkpatrick, O'Halleran, Stanton). Now, it’s on to the Senate. Please encourage your Senators to protect public lands, water sources, indigenous rights, wildlife, and Arizona’s outdoor recreation economy by voting in support of the Grand Canyon Protection Act. With support from Arizona Senators Sinema and Kelly, we are hopeful to see this signed into law soon.
The Trek (December 22, 2020) by Abigail Kessler Though it’s listed as the South Rim section of the trail, this passage mostly takes you through Kaibab National Forest and the back ways of Grand Canyon National Park, only occasionally hinting at the chasm to come. There’s plenty to enjoy about the trip, however– as well as a number of options for detours. And when you’ve reached the northern end you’ll be left looking down over the rim of the Grand Canyon. Basic Info Length: 22.5 miles, one way Expected Completion Time: One day (if thru-hiking at a pace of 20-30 miles/day) 4-5 days (if day-hiking 4-6 miles/day) Location: South Kaibab Trailhead in GCNP to Tusayan Ranger District (roughly 15 miles east of GCNP visitor’s center on E Hwy 64 and 2 miles south from there). Maps are available on the Arizona Trail Association website. Trail Type: Out and Back, though it does partially follow a few looped trails in the Tusayan Bike System Scenery: Pinon and ponderosa pine forests with the occasional stone ledge, views of the Grand Canyon toward the end Terrain: Easy. The hills are for the most part gentle and the trail is clear. Navigation: For most of this section, the AZT is a well-marked...