ElevationAscent: 40' 12 m
Descent: -505' -154 m
High: 7,090' 2,161 m
Low: 6,616' 2,017 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 5% (3°)
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“This wide path is smooth and well graded, making it an easy access option for the South Rim.”— Megan W
Pick up the trail from the new, south-most parking lot at the Mather Point Grand Canyon Visitor Center. If you're having trouble locating it, look for the paved path near Bright Angels Bicycles, head south through the parking area, cross the S. Entrance road and continue south, straight through the intersection with the Village Greenway paved path. Once on the Tusayan Greenway, your navigation worries are essentially over as this trail follows the western side of Hwy 180 at a distance, never crossing it. There are few other intersections on this snaking route through pine forest. The one notable exception to this is the Mather Campground Connector trail which provides access and a shortcut to campers. Otherwise, relax and enjoy this meandering cruise.
Bikes and equestrians are also allowed on this trail. One fun option is to ride or run the trail downhill starting at the visitor center and then take the free national park shuttle bus back up to the visitor center. Added bonus: park visitors who walk or ride a bike into the park pay a $12 admission fee. It costs $25 to drive a car in.
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Land Manager: National Park Service - Grand Canyon National Park