Grandview Trail to Horseshoe Mesa

Best Hike & Camp at the Grand Canyon


There is a definite reason for the name of this non-corridor trail. You are rewarded with some of the most unique topography in the Canyon as you sharply hike your way down to Horseshoe Mesa. Grandview starts out steep and doesn’t stop until you get to the mesa so make sure your knees are up for the challenge of the grade and the cobblestone “rip-rap”. If they are, you are in for one of the nicest camping sites found within the South rim area trails. The Mesa itself offers a kaleidoscope of colors blasting the cliff faces to the east during sunset. It also has the only caves found in the park that you don’t need a permit to explore. If you are feeling adventurous, take on this unique exploration on the west side of the mesa. Take a handkerchief and an extra headlamp each though if you plan to go into these dark dusty cavities.

This trail has an extensive mining history and you can see the remnants of these Copper King days with all of the scattered mines and rusty equipment. Mule after mule drummed its way up the trail, packing copper ore in the late 19th century. Be sure that you carry enough water as there is none found on the trail or on the Mesa itself. You can take a side trek to beautiful Page Springs for water but be aware that your return trip is up about 500 feet in less than a mile!

  • Getting there: To reach the Grandview trailhead, drive about 12 miles east of Grand Canyon Village on Desert View drive as there are no shuttle services to this area.
  • The Hike: Trailhead to Horseshoe Mesa = 3.0 miles one-way.
  • Elevation loss/gain: 2500 feet
  • Camping: Contact the Grand Canyon Backcountry office for permits
  • Water: BYOW (Bring Your Own Water)
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