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. 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 https://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/backcountry-permit.htm
  • Water: BYOW (Bring Your Own Water)

Colorado River & Trail Expeditions

Colorado River & Trail Expeditions offers rowing, paddle, motor, kayak support, and hybrid all-inclusive rafting trips. We offer a variety of trip lengths and options. We specialize in taking our clients to the best spots in the Grand Canyon. We pride ourselves in having friendly experi
Colorado River & Trail Expeditions offers rowing, paddle, motor, kayak support, and hybrid all-inclusive rafting trips. We offer a variety of trip lengths and options. We specialize in taking our clients to the best spots in the Grand Canyon. We pride ourselves in having friendly experienced guides, serving great food, and supplying our customers with the most modern equipment and gear. In addition we are a member of various environmental groups and do our best to take care of the Grand Canyon and our Earth.

Canyoneers

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The ultimate getaway! Spectacular scenery, great side canyon hikes, ancient Indian ruins, splendid waterfalls, gourmet meals, and top notch guides. Come experience the adventure, the challenge, the serenity, the wildlife, the fun and exhilaration, and come away feeling on top of the world! Whether motorized pontoon or smaller rowing boats, Canyoneers does it best! This year, be a Canyoneer. We are a licensed concessionaire of the National Park Service.

Wildland Trekking

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Western River Expeditions

Discover the Grand Canyon, endless in scenic wonder, rich in Native American history and loaded with fun and adventure, Western River Expeditions' Grand Canyon tours are a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Exploring the Grand Canyon by river is an experience unlike any other. Discover hidden
Discover the Grand Canyon, endless in scenic wonder, rich in Native American history and loaded with fun and adventure, Western River Expeditions' Grand Canyon tours are a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Exploring the Grand Canyon by river is an experience unlike any other. Discover hidden waterfalls and paradisiacal side canyons - areas of Grand Canyon National Park that are accessible only by river.

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Sleep under canvas at Backland luxury Glamping eco-resort, lodge near the Grand Canyon. Nestled in the midst of the worlds’ largest ponderosa forest, 20 minutes from Williams, ‘Gateway to the Grand Canyon'. Tented suites are glass-fronted for panoramic views and boast stargazing skylight, en suite, climate control and private deck.

With a focus on wellness, Backland sprawls 160 acres with a farm-to-table restaurant, yoga, nature trails, lake and beach, kayaking, paddle-boarding, fishing and more. Guests can explore, relax and play as much, or as little as they please.


Grand Canyon Expeditions

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