Fed up by the hustle and bustle of humanity? Grand Canyon hotels are the gateway to a humbling experience with one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the Grand Canyon. Hands down, the best way to walk off the world in the Grand Canyon is by hiking.
Grand Canyon hotels located near the South give you easiest access to the popular 10-mile, one-way Rim Trail hiking path. The Rim Trail runs along the edge of the Grand Canyon from the Yavapai Museum in Grand Canyon Village west to Hermits Rest. People of all ages can enjoy this easy walk that is level and paved up until Maricopa Point and offers access to several of the South Rim's historic landmarks. Grand Canyon hotels located on the North Rim will give you a leg up on the 3-mile (round-trip) Transpet Trail which hugs the rim of the canyon for a distance and then plunges you into the forest shooting out at the North Rim Campground and General Store. Another short hike close to Grand Canyon hotels on the North Rim is the Cliff Springs Trail. Narrow and in some spots dangerous, the one-mile trail winds beneath a limestone overhang and opens on a breath-taking view of the canyon walls.
For those seeking more challenging solace in the "magnificent ditch longer hikes such as Bright Angel, Hermit and South Kaibab are easily accessed from Grand Canyon hotels near the South Rim. While trekking down into the Grand Canyon will provide you with views of a lifetime, be sure to tie your shoelaces tight and to bring plenty of water with you. Going down the Grand Canyon is easy but coming back up can be exhausting, especially in the heat of the summer when temperatures reach over 100 degrees. Better safe than sorry, so don't be afraid to ask the front desk for advice. Most Grand Canyon hotels offer maps and safety instructions on how to best enjoy one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.
Can't stand hiking? Book a mule trip through most Grand Canyon hotels and let the animal do most of the work. Can't stand mules? Try river running down the mighty Colorado River for a truly great adventure. Hotel Near will find you the refuge you seek in Grand Canyon hotels.