Located roughly halfway between the major landmarks of Desert View Watchtower and the Grand Canyon Visitor Center, Grandview Point is the southernmost point along the entire South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Grandview Point is also one of the highest points of elevation along the South Rim. As a result, the vegetation here is denser and more varied than other places in the region, and the views beyond into the Grand Canyon look out over a number of different mesas and ravines. Grandview Point is also the place where you can access Grandview Trail, a particularly lovely hiking path.
Grandview Point History and Background
Grandview Point has played a long and important role in the history of the modern Grand Canyon. In the 1890s, private prospectors operated copper, gold, and silver mines in portions of the canyon found just below Grandview Point. By the advent of the 20th Century, the owners of these mining operations had moved to diversify their holdings. They began operating occasional tours for visitors interested in the area’s beautiful landscapes and natural wonders, eventually building an actual hotel at Grandview Point. The hotel was popular with tourists for a number of years, but is no longer standing. In fact, in the intervening years the National Park Service has restored Grandview Point to its “natural state.”
What’s at Grandview Point
Grandview Point is the southernmost official overlook along the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, which means it is quite some distance, relatively speaking, from the Colorado River—nearly four miles, in fact. Still, what Grandview Point lacks in views of the majestic Colorado River, it makes up for in other ways. Namely, from here it is possible to observe such notable landmarks as Cottonwood Creek, Tanner Canyon, and Horseshoe Mesa.
Given its elevation, Grandview Point routinely receives more rainfall than many other places in the region. Therefore, the trees that grow here—primarily several varieties of oaks and pines—grow fairly densely, at times obscuring views of the canyon. For the absolute best views from Grandview Point, then, you will want to walk a bit down Grandview Trail. The trailhead to this fantastic hike is found at Grandview Point. The original section of the Grandview Trail was built in 1892, and visitors today still love to explore all it has to offer. As you adventure along it, make sure to look for the original cobblestone portions of the trail—and if you are feeling daring, hike the entire trail to where it ends, right at the historic ruins of Last Chance Mine! Note that the beginning portions of the trail is great for day trippers but it can get rough as you descend into the canyon and is recommended for experienced hikers.
For amenities, you are best served by heading east to Desert View Point or west to the Grand Canyon Visitor Center. Either of these locations has a tremendous assortment of services available, including everything from restrooms, picnic areas, and camping facilities to food, drink, and souvenirs.
Tips for Visiting Grandview Point
- None of the Grand Canyon shuttle buses make stops at Grandview Point. However, free parking facilities are available to the public nearby.
- Keep in mind, though, that during peak season this public lot can fill up in a hurry. If touring Grandview Point is a priority for you (and your family), you might want to plan on going to this attraction earlier in the day.
- Segments of the Grandview Trail can be rather steep—and during inclement weather (especially rain or snow) very slick. As a result, plan accordingly, and hike with caution.
- At this elevation, rainfall is more common. Having a light rain jacket or poncho with you is never a bad idea!
- If you are hiking the Grandview Trail, make sure to take appropriate supplies with you. These items would include such essentials as water, snacks, first aid kit(s), maps, sunscreens, and various layers of clothing. Remember it is far harder to climb up once you turn around.