Grand Canyon’s South Rim Will Take Your Breath Away

There are so many Vista points in Grand Canyon’s South Rim that it’s hard to pick a favorite. Every spot has it’s own spectacular view. If you like to avoid tourist crowds like we do, skip the Desert View Tower (which is the first viewpoint when entering the park from highway 64 westbound). Instead take the Desert View Drive towards the main visitor center which is about a 30 minute drive. Along the way there are several viewpoints like Navajo point, Lipan point and Moran point. They have fewer people and provide plenty of opportunities for great unobstructed pictures. Our favorite was Lipan point.

Once you’re at the main visitor center, the most popular trail there is Rim Trail. It runs right on the edge of the Canyon and is a flat paved trail all the way to the Grand Canyon village which is about 2 miles. Our favorite was the Bright Angel trail which offers spectacular views along the trail as you hike down the Canyon. The hike is 12 miles one way and goes all the way to the bottom of canyon to the Colorado river. The hike can’t be completed in a single day; you have to camp overnight at the bottom of the Canyon. Like most people on the trail, we just hiked couple hours and then turned around since we weren’t prepared to camp overnight in a tent.

Grand Canyon South Rim in Pictures

Sunset at south rim grand canyon
As GRAND as it gets, the Grand Canyon will take your breath away!
Sunset at south rim grand canyon
Another view of Sunset at South Rim of Grand Canyon
Sunset at south rim grand canyon
South Rim of Grand Canyon during sunset time is amazing to watch as the colors change rapidly as sun goes down
Crowds at Grand Canyon South Rim
Don’t expect solitude here as this is one of the most visited parks in the US!
The majestic grand canyon south rim, Arizona
Views like this can be seen from every viewpoint along the South Rim
Enjoying the grand views of the canyon
Enjoying the grand views of the canyon
View from the lookout tower south rim
You can see the mighty Colorado river in the distance, which is at over a mile of vertical depth!
View from the lookout tower south rim
View from the lookout tower in South rim
View from the lookout tower south rim
Another view from the same lookout tower
On the edge of grand canyon
Enjoying a moment on the edge of the Grand Canyon
colorado river in grand canyon
Colorado river flowing in the bottom of the Grand Canyon, more than a mile deep!
colorado river flowing at bottom of grand canyon
It is hard not to be in awe how millions of years of erosion created this majestic landscape!
Bright Angel Trail
Bright Angel Trail, one of the best hiking trails in South Rim

Have you been to Grand Canyon? Which viewpoint was your favorite? Let us know in comments, we would love to hear from you. If you’re planning a road trip, check out our recommendations on top things to do in Grand Canyon to help you plan your trip.

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Shirish & Olya

Originally from different parts of the world, Shirish & Olya are a married couple based in San Francisco who share a passion for travel, outdoors and landscape photography. In summer of 2019, they hit the road in an RV visiting 19 national parks in US and Canada covering over 10K miles. This trip inspired them to create Outdoorsome, that they built on the road, as a way to help others discover new places around the world.

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