Grand Canyon South Rim
Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
35 miles | 2,100 ft elevation
Exploring the South Rim of the Grand Canyon via bike is a unique way to experience the expansive beauty of this natural wonder. This route is a mix of paved greenway bike trails and an out-and-back road that is closed to cars 9 months out of the year, making for a pleasant and stress-free way to visit one of the country's most popular national parks.
Starting from Tusayan Greenway Parking lot, head north on the Greenway (aka the Arizona National Scenic Trail) and ride into the park. Around mile 6.5, take the Kaibab Greenway to the east and soon you’ll find yourself riding along the canyon rim. After about 2 miles, you’ll reach the South Kaibab Trailhead, which is a perfect place to stop and take in the epic views.
Head back the way you came, retracing the last 2 miles and continue along the Village Greenway. After another 2 miles on the greenway, veer off the path onto Village Loop Drive and up El Tovar Road to explore the village dining options and enjoy a snack overlooking the canyon. 
Leave the Village and make your way to Hermit Road (aka West Rim Drive), where the next 7 miles are car-free (from March through November) and open to bikes and official park shuttle buses only. With a number of canyon overlooks along the way, there are plenty of opportunities to admire the magnificent vistas, canyon colors and the Colorado River.
Once you reach Hermits Rest, it’s time to turn around and ride back to the Village. As you leave West Rim Drive, find the Greenway, ride past the Mule Barn and follow the path that parallels Center Road. After about a mile and a half, you will reach the Arizona National Scenic Trail that will take you back to Tusayan.
Hotel Recommendation
Under Canvas Grand Canyon - located 25 miles from the start of this route (in Tusayan), this accommodation offers a first class “glamping” experience. The safari-inspired canvas tents are luxurious and comfortable (and many of the tent types include a private en suite bathroom!) There is dining available on-site, as well as a variety of complimentary daily activities. In the evening, make s’mores around one of the many fire pits while you wait for the stars to come out. This is a perfect place to unplug and be surrounded by nature without sacrificing comfort and upscale amenities.

Be sure to review the official Grand Canyon National Park website for the latest information about the park.
There are numerous Greenway Trails (paved paths) for bicycles throughout the park; however, there are also many pedestrian only trails, so pay attention to signage to ensure you’re riding on the trails where bikes are allowed.
Watch your speed on the Greenway trails within the park as they can be busy in some sections with pedestrians and other cyclists (including small children riding).
You can find water fountains and restrooms in the Village and at Hermits Rest. aims to provide content that is true and accurate as of the date of writing; however, the accuracy and judgement of the author is not guaranteed. and its associates are in no way liable for personal injury, loss or damage to personal property, or any other such situation that should occur to individuals following the guides, routes and recommendations. Please review the full Terms & Disclaimer.
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