The most popular hiking trail in the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona is the Rim Trail, and it's a relatively easy hike that stretches for about 13 miles. This busy, family-friendly trail is mostly flat, and there's a variety of other dirt and paved trails along the way. Although many areas of Grand Canyon National Park do not allow dogs, the entire Rim Trail is dog-friendly as long as your dog is on a leash and you clean up after them.
One of the best parts of Rim Trail is that there are several stops along the way, and the Hermits Rest Bus runs along the trail every 15 minutes. Many visitors choose to take the bus from one stop to the next and then will hop off and hike for a section of the trail. Only service dogs are allowed on shuttles, however, so if you're hiking with your pet, plan to be on foot the entire time. Experiencing this hike on two (nonmotorized) wheels is another great option, and bikes can be rented at the trailhead.
Many sections of the trail hug the rim of the Grand Canyon, so there's certainly no shortage of breathtaking views along the way! In addition to views of the canyon, you can also spot the whitewater rapids of the Colorado River at many points.
This hike begins in Grand Canyon Village, where drinking water is available, and there's also drinking water available at the Hermits Rest summit, but no drinking water is available along the trail.
Be sure to bring doggie bags and clean up after your pet along the way. Stay hydrated during your hike, and take plenty of breaks. More than 250 people need to be rescued from the Grand Canyon each year, but being prepared is the best way to avoid an emergency.The Rim Trail is a special way to experience the Grand Canyon with your dog, and this easy hike can be enjoyed with your whole family.