Location

  • Grandview Lookout Tower to South Kaibab Trailhead

Length

  • 22.5 miles

Southern Trailhead: Grandview Lookout Tower

Access

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.


Northern Trailhead: South Kaibab Trailhead

Access

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

This passage begins at the Grandview Lookout Tower and starts out on the Tusayan Bike Trail heading west. It works its way through the forest, drops into a drainage and reaches Watson Tank. Now on forest roads, the route turns to the north and joins FR 303. It becomes singletrack, works its way over to the junction with FR 303D and turns to the north on this road. When it comes to the end of FR 303D, the route becomes singletrack again, passes Upper Ten X Tank, goes through a gate and then joins FR 2710B. It follows this road to FR 2710 and then turns on to FR 9122E. It follows this road, passes a junction with FR 2709, and comes to Coconino Wash. It turns northwest and follows Bike Route 3 and then 2, which leads to Bike Route 1. The route curves to the north behind the town of Tusayan. A short climb and descent leads to a road junction and a turn to the west. The trail goes under Highway 64 and turns north. The Tusayan Bike Trail (which the AZT follows) ends 0.3-mile north of Tusayan. From that point the AZT is signed across the old Moqui Lodge area, about 0.5-mile to the GCNP boundary fence. From the gate the route is signed all the way to the South Kaibab Trailhead. After entering the park the route joins the paved Greenway Trail, crosses Vann Drive, and continues north paralleling Highway 64. The Greenway passes a trail to Mather Campground and Grand Canyon Village as well as another trail to the Visitor Center. After turning to the east on a powerline road the route crosses Highway 64. It follows this road for just over a mile, crosses Highway 64 again, and then follows the powerline corridor up along Yaki Point to the South Kaibab Trailhead.


Difficulty

  • Easy to Moderate

Season(s)


Water

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/.


Notes/Warnings:

  • 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.

Resources

  • Map of Passage 37
  • USGS Topographic Maps: Grandview Point, Tusayan East and Phantom Ranch
  • Kaibab National Forest map
  • Grand Canyon National Park map
  • BLM Information Center maps
  • Section Hiking article by Abigail Kessler

For more information


Current Passage Info

Coconino & Kaibab National Forests Lift Fire Restrictions

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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.
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AZT Passage 37: Starting out at Grand Canyon’s South Rim

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