Grand Canyon Greenway

Arizona

Grand Canyon Greenway Facts

States: Arizona
Counties: Coconino
Length: 13.9 miles
Trail end points: Mather Point (Grand Canyon National Park) and Grand Canyon Imax Theater (Tusayan)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 6032490
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

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Grand Canyon Greenway Description

To accommodate the growing number of visitors to Grand Canyon National Park each year, the Park Service is developing a paved greenway system on both the North Rim and South Rim for pedestrians and cyclists. Amenities include restrooms, overlooks, and interpretive signs.

A continuous section of trail currently forms a "T" shape, running west from the Grand Canyon Village to the South Kaibab Trailhead. From the Grand Canyon Visitor Center at Mather Point, which sits at the centerpoint of this east-west route, the trail heads south to the community Tusayan. The Mather Point visitor center offers a bike shop, café, and a transit center for the park's free shuttle bus system.

If you wish to access an unpaved hiking trail, you can do so at the west end of the "T" in the Grand Canyon Village, where you can access the Bright Angel Trailhead. Another option is the hiking trail accessible from the South Kaibab Trailhead on the east end of the "T."

Farther west, a short, disconnected segment of the pathway runs between Monument Creek Vista and Hermit's Rest.

Parking and Trail Access

On the South Rim, parking is available at the Grand Canyon Visitor Center at Mather Point. The Grand Canyon Greenway trails are located in Grand Canyon National Park; entrance fees apply. For more information, contact Grand Canyon NP.

Grand Canyon Greenway Reviews

Brought our bikes up from Flagstaff to ride this pleasant back woods path into the Grand Canyon. Free parking next to the IMAX theater at the trailhead. Nice meandering ride far from all the cars and people. Hardly any other bike traffic too on this Wednesday afternoon. As the previous reviewer states, once at the Canyon you can't ride next to the rim in the most congested areas; but even then, lock your bike and walk 20 feet to see one of the seven natural wonders of the world! The trip to the Canyon is an overall 500ft rise which makes the trip back very easy - lots of coasting. Avoid the entrance fee and the lines for shuttle buses. This is the way to go. Enjoy!

"As of my visit during July of 2002, completed sections of this Greenway Trail were located only at the Canyon's South Rim. Since bicycles are prohibited on ALL paved and unpaved park trails with the exception of the Greenway Trail, visit the South Rim if you'd like to ride your bike on a motor vehicle free route within the Park.

Unfortunately for those who prefer biking to hiking, there’s currently only one “ringside” observation point accessible from the Greenway Trail (the Yavapai Observation Station). If you’d like to view more of the Canyon, you’ll have to leave your bike behind and hike/walk along many of the trails currently closed to bikes.

The Greenway Trail is nicely paved, about 10-12 feet wide from start to finish, and a bit hilly in spots. There are two relatively busy street crossings along its primary route. It’s a great place for a short bike ride, fast walk behind a baby stroller, or challenging in-line skating excursion. Canyon views are limited, but it's a nice place to go if you'd like some pavement under your feet for a while.

Enjoy!"

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