Grand Canyon National Park: Hidden Gems

Grand Canyon National Park: 3 Hidden Gems

Roughly 90% of tourists visiting the Grand Canyon stick to the South Rim, for good reason. It’s where the Visitor Center is, along with shops, restaurants, a stunning view, and many trails. It’s also open year-round, 24-7. But this list of Grand Canyon National Park gems won’t cater to your inner tourist. We here at FactSumo are more interested in uncovering the seldom-seen side of the Grand Canyon (figuratively and literally). Join us in our top 3 spots that are found off the beaten path in Grand Canyon National Park and its surrounding areas.

The North Kaibab Trail

Located on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, North Kaibab Trail boasts spectacular, untamed wildlife and fauna. This whole area is relatively untouched, with the closest town being some 80 miles away. So this trail isn’t for the faint of heart. In fact, most people end up driving here, as many tours don’t offer transportation to this area. Is it worth the payoff? Absolutely! Though the views are separated by a fair bit of driving, and the North Rim isn’t open year round because of how chilly it gets in the winter, they offer a breathtaking expanse perfect for travelers looking for a serene, yet challenging hike.

 

The Havasupai Waterfalls

In the southwest corner of the park are the waterfalls of the Havasupai Reservation. These falls gained national attention after appearing on social media feeds, and have been growing in popularity ever since. The waters are a spectacular blue-green color, and many visitors opt to take a dip in the refreshing pools at the foot of the falls. Because of the limited camping spots surrounding the area, booking is tight. Reservations for the year fill up quickly, especially during peak tour dates. Additionally, securing a permit also has a waiting list, as access to the Havasupai reservation is backlogged.

 

Cathedral Wash

This scenic hiking trail is comparatively flat, making it easy to experience if you’re not an expert hiker. And even the tricky parts have been made easy by hiker-laid cairns found throughout the journey. Situated on the bank of the Colorado River, Cathedral Wash culminates in a lovely view by the water’s edge. The surrounding rock formations are a stunning sight to behold, but be warned: the hike is harder in summer, as there is little in the way of shade. Bring water and sunscreen, and you’re all set to experience a short but awesome trail!

 

There’s so much more to experience in Grand Canyon National Park. You could spend a month here and still not get a full view! We hope you enjoyed our top three spots for traveling off the beaten path. Check out our blog here!