Passage #38 - Grand Canyon - Inner Gorge
On Monday, March 27, Grand Canyon National Park will begin
daily closures of the North Kaibab Trail at Redwall Bridge to remove debris
from a storm-caused rockslide. To ensure visitor and crew safety during the
stabilization process, the National Park Service will close the North Kaibab
Trail at the Redwall Bridge to all trail users from 8 am to 4:30 pm daily
while crews are working. The Redwall Bridge is located about 2.5 miles above
Manzanita Rest Area, four miles above Cottonwood Campground, and one mile
below the Supai Tunnel on the North Kaibab Trail. The closure order is in
effect until crews determine the area is safe to access. The estimated time
of trail closure is three weeks, but that could change depending on weather
For more information, please see this
Park Service news release.
Location: South Kaibab Trailhead to North Kaibab Trailhead
Length: 21.8 miles
Southern Trailhead: South Kaibab Trailhead
- GPS Coordinates: 36.05335° N, 112.08344° W
- 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.
Northern Trailhead: North Kaibab Trailhead
- GPS Coordinates: 36.21699° N, 112.05666° W
- Access: The parking area is on the east side of AZ 67, 41
miles south of Jacob Lake and 2.3 miles north of Grand Canyon Lodge. The
trailhead is at the south end of the parking lot.
Trail Route Description: This passage begins at the South Kaibab
Trailhead on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. The trail descends through
switchbacks, runs north below Yaki Point, along Cedar Ridge and then reaches
the Cedar Ridge rest area. The trail continues down along Cedar Ridge, passes
on the east side of O'Neill Butte and then switchbacks down the east side of
a large butte and curves back around to the north. It comes to the Tonto Trail
junction and continues across the Tonto Plateau to the edge at a place called
The Tipoff. The trail now drops into the inner gorge and switchbacks all the
way down to a tunnel and then a suspension bridge across the Colorado River.
On the other side the trail heads downstream, passing the boat beach. It leaves
the river, turns north at Bright Angel Creek and passes Bright Angel Campground.
After passing through Phantom Ranch the trail becomes the North Kaibab Trail and
it continues following Bright Angel Creek. It passes the junction with the Clear
Creek Trail, enters the narrows of Bright Angel Creek and passes Phantom Canyon.
The trail crosses the creek several times on footbridges, and then reaches the
junction with the trail to Ribbon Falls. From the falls the trail continues up
along the creek and reaches Cottonwood Camp. Further upstream the trail crosses
the creek for the last time and comes to a rest house. It passes the turnoff to
Roaring Springs and then begins climbing up along Roaring Springs Canyon.
There is a bridge over this creek and then a tunnel. A final set of switchbacks
are passed through and then the trail reaches the North Kaibab Trailhead.
Season(s): All year. Snow may be present after winter storms
(current weather forecast)
Water: Water can be found at the Colorado River, Bright Angel
Campground, Phantom Ranch, Bright Angel Creek, Cottonwood Camp and Roaring Springs.
All water found in creeks and springs should be purified prior to use.
Mountain bikes are prohibited from being ridden in the canyon. You may carry your
bike on your back but the wheels must never touch the ground. You can also send
your bike to the other side of the canyon on the TransCanyon Shuttle while you hike across.
Horses are not recommended in the canyon. Please contact the Backcountry Office for
A reservation and permit are required to spend a night below the rim. Day hiking does
not require a permit. For more details on this, go to our
thru-hikers page - permits section.
North Rim facilities are closed from mid-October to mid-May.
USGS Topographic Maps: Phantom Ranch and Bright Angel Point.
Grand Canyon National Park map.
BLM Information Center maps.
For more information, contact:
Current Trail Information: