Best Things to Do in Grand Canyon National Park for Couples

THE 10 BEST Couples' Activities & Things to Do in Grand Canyon National Park

Best Things to Do in Grand Canyon National Park for Couples

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  • elaine1408
    United Kingdom412 contributions
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    What an experience great well worth booking nothing negative area beautiful.kept clean tidy views are amazing drive in l9vely everything you need
    Written 11 June 2024
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  • That Hiking Guy
    Sedona, AZ7 contributions
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    Less than 1 % of the visitors to the Grand Canyon from around the world hike down to the river and back in ONE DAY. In case you were not aware, there are signs reminding us IT IS VERY DANGEROUS.
    You may be asking yourself now ," well, why is that, I'm an avid hiker " ?

    Here are pointers answering you.

    1. Past June 1st, the temperature is very difficult to withstand, especially in direct sunlight. Temp rises as you DESCEND.
    2. Roughly 15.5 miles ROUND TRIP is more than most people can hike in a day. When you add an est. 4,600 ft of elevation, it weeds out 95 % of doubters quickly.
    3. The average person under 6 ft strides about 3 ft per step at about 2 mph. Downhill is roughly 3 mph, but there is constant impediment, loose rock, and occasional built-in steps to navigate.
    4. To reach Indian Gardens cabins, fresh water refill and stationary porta potty restrooms ( considered the halfway point ) at 4.5 miles is a very respectable goal.

    * CONGRATULATIONS. Now you have to go back UP. That's on average, DOUBLE the time.

    5. From Indian Gardens you are on the 2nd half. It passes next to and snaking in and out, a winding rush of water after a while. Without a LIFESTRAW, remember deer and other animals pee in it, making NOT getting really sick a good tip.
    6. The trail also includes The Devil's Corkscrew, and aptly named. Standing at a sharp 90 degree turn at the top dissuades most day hikers instantly.
    7. Staying on task you descend and eventually see the river at another sharp turn next to restrooms, about 1.5 hours later. There is a very short outcropping of rocks at water's edge and a couple very small sandy beach areas. This has taken you about 5 to 6 hrs.

    **This is my advice. Write this down.

    A. Take a 3 liter hydration bag of iced water ( NOTHING LESS ), at least 2 / 30 0z bottles of electrolyte / Gatorade, and another of PLAIN WATER you will want to just periodically pour over your head and soak your ( wicking ONLY ) shirt to keep cool

    *No sugar. Sugar causes muscle cramps if you don't replace salt-loss and eat HIGH PROTEIN bars only. Keep it at 15 TO 20 grams each for max effect. Cubed pieces of rare steak in a ziplock helps. Trail mix MINUS yogurt clumps ( dairy causes the need to poop too much ).
    *MAKE SURE you charge your cell phone completely and do not use it
    to plot the trail and steps..... as it runs the battery down. A FULLY CHARGED CELL PHONE WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE. COUNTING STEPS ETC. ETC. WILL NOT.

    ***GIRLS PAY ATTENTION TO THIS. DO NOT WEAR LYCRA / YOGA STRETCH PANTS OR JEANS. ** No one cares what your butt looks like, and sun-stroke IS NOT cute. YOU WILL SWEAT FAR TOO MUCH. WEAR LOOSE FITTING APPROPRIATE HIKING SHORTS WITH POCKETS FOR ESSENTIALS. DO NOT WEAR COTTON, NOR 100 % POLYESTER
    ( fake wicking material ) THAT DOES NOT BREATHE.

    *** DO NOT wear inappropriate shoes. Sandals, or flat tennis shoes with no tread cause search and rescue to deploy as much as someone with a single bottle of water and an apple.
    ****TRAIL SHOES WITH DEEP LUGS / TREAD AND SPACE APART IF NOT ANKLE HIKING BOOTS ( WHICH PREVENT A TWISTED OR BROKEN ONE ) ARE REALLY THE ONLY THING YOU SHOULD USE.

    So.......
    B. If you do what I did 3 days ago.....start at 2 am with a STRONG headlamp ( 300 lumen at least and extra batteries ). There is NO ONE on trail minus the occasional marathon / long distance runners.
    *Temperatures mid April thru May.. avg about 50 degrees at night.
    *Keep a steady pace and drink water, not the Gatorade ( that's for going back up in the sun and you are sweating twice as much ).
    * Take a 15 minute break for rest ( rest /shelter is perfect ).
    C. If you practice identical strie ( spacing )....TWO HOURS total to Indian Gardens is perfect.
    *Go pee. Get back on trail. Keep the same pace. Eat trail bars while walking & save time.
    TWO HOURS LATER...WELCOME TO THE RIVER.
    D. HERE'S THE MOST IMPORTANT FACT TO REMEMBER...and it matters MOST. ***The temperature rises at the bottom . It's not 65 now. It's 75 to 80. YOU HAVE TO HIKE ALL UPHILL BACK TO THE RIM IN THE SUN, WITH OCCASIONAL SHADE.
    *** Put your toes in the water, take some pics, rest for 45 minutes and eat. GET BACK ON TRAIL. TIME IS EITHER YOUR ENEMY OR FRIEND....DEPENDING ON YOUR STRICT OBSERVANCE OF IT.

    #This was my second hike down to the river and back. I am 62 in in 3 months. I had knee surgery 8 months ago.
    ROUND TRIP, 10 HOURS.
    I reached the rim at NOON exactly, taking short 3 minute breathers about every 250 yards or so....instead of one long break at Indian Gardens. If you do the long pause though, you add twice that time on to your hike.

    Yes, 1 % OF GRAND CANYON VISITORS DO THE DOWN / UP...
    BECAUSE MOST PEOPLE UNFORTUNATELY, ARE NOT IN SHAPE OR
    PROPERLY / INTELLIGENTLY PREPARED.

    As the military says " you can never train too much ".

    TRAINING increase confidence, versatility, capability, balance, and skillset.

    If you hike elevation at home ( 1000 ft to 3000 ) 3 months worth of long
    ( ten miles or more ) hikes... you should be at 15 to 16 miles capability.
    MAKE SURE you go with someone else if it is your first...because YOU ARE YOUR ONLY TRUE HELP in danger if you do not, by being smart and overly prepared.

    It is a brutal uphill task, but well worth the finish. The Colorado river at sun-up is breathtaking. Imagine sitting in complete silence, just the sound of water, and the faint whisper of a breeze that beckons very few since expeditioners mapped it in wooden boots.
    Written 24 May 2024
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  • WWTraveler27
    Phoenix, AZ129 contributions
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    Hiking the Grand Canyon was a life-changing experience. Getting to Phantom Range, the Colorado River, and then out on the same day was challenging. The views and the scale of the Grand Canyon were breathtaking. There is a reason it is one of the world's seven wonders, and it does not disappoint! Make sure you plan your water and energy carefully. Hikers were being rescued by helicopter all day because they underestimated the climb out. The struggle was real but worth it!
    Written 26 May 2024
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  • Rad D
    gainesville, fl.457 contributions
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    It's a shame to ruin this review with words, as there are not enough of the right words to describe something that is much too visceral. One has to smell the air, feel the breezes, hear the sounds, step to the edge (but not too close!).
    We walked the path from Verkamp's to the Lookout Studio and back, taking pics of the views and reading the geology / geography information.
    It's been 50 years since I was last here, and it hasn't changed a bit! (says he, tongue in cheek). It's one of the most amazing spots on earth, and certainly in this country. Sadly, too many visitors see far too little of the entire canyon. One could spent years exploring it all.
    Written 1 June 2024
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  • Wayto
    Grover, MO12 contributions
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    When we first got to the grand canyon we stopped by the visitors center. We talked to Mike that works at the desk. He was supper helpful. He told us what trails to take. If you ever have the chance to visit this place. You won't be disappointed.
    Written 10 June 2024
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  • Have Camera, Will Travel
    South Bend, IN3,594 contributions
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    We only did bits and pieces of the Rim Trail, but it was amazing. The funniest thing is that we said hello to a hiker at the first stop and then ran into him 3 other times, including at Hermit's Rest. He beat us there. We had a good laugh.
    Written 2 May 2024
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  • Have Camera, Will Travel
    South Bend, IN3,594 contributions
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    The view is epic, but it is also the busiest as it is the closest overlook to the main parking area. It is the first canyon view for the majority of the people coming to the park. Get on a bus and spread out a bit to see the different overlooks. It's all amazing.
    Written 2 May 2024
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  • Mary C
    Ada, MI303 contributions
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    I never actually got to go up into the watchtower. The timing just wasn't right. I did, however, watch a great sunset from this area, as well as a great sunrise the next morning. The location is great if you are coming from the east entrance, it's the first viewpoint once you enter the park.
    Written 30 May 2024
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  • Have Camera, Will Travel
    South Bend, IN3,594 contributions
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    This was one of our early morning stops after we saw a sunrise. The view is grand for sure. We also walked down the Grandview Trail just a bit to see what it was like. It would be an amazing hike. This is one location I would make sure you stop at.
    Written 2 May 2024
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  • Have Camera, Will Travel
    South Bend, IN3,594 contributions
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    Excellent view. You get a glimpse of the Colorado River. I'm pretty sure this is the location were you can see some of the rapids and you can actually hear them. We walked the Rim Trail over to Powell, which is a short walk. Excellent stop.
    Written 2 May 2024
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  • Have Camera, Will Travel
    South Bend, IN3,594 contributions
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    We stayed 2 nights at the El Tovar and exited the park to the east, down the East Rim Drive. It was not busy at all, which was nice. We stopped at a half dozen stops. Grandview and the Desert View Watchtower were my favorites.
    Written 8 May 2024
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  • Hummingbird Tours
    Tempe, AZ5 contributions
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    These are breathtaking photos of the Grand Canyon South Rim. We are in the Grand Canyon Village just west called the Yavapai Point. You can actually see the Colorado River from this point. Extremely beautiful viewpoints for photography and they do have a geology museum there.
    Written 9 May 2024
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  • SneakinDeacon
    Christiansburg, VA1,604 contributions
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    Our group had allotted about 4-hours to visit the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. In order to get an idea of what to see and do during our limited time we stopped at the Visitors Center and talked with one of the Rangers. Like always the Rangers were very helpful and told us the one thing we had to do was take the trail down to Bright Angel Point. The trail begins at the North Rim Visitor Center and according to the Rangers the trail is rated as “Moderate” The maintained dirt trail to the point is about a mile, give or take. For the most part you are descending from the Visitors Center to the Point, so the return trip is mostly up hill and a little strenuous for out of shop people like me. There are a number of benches and place to rest along the way. Be sure to take water with you, especially during the summer as there is not concessions along the way. The entire length is filled with amazing views. Because the North Rim is less crowded than the South Rim you can take your time and enjoy the views without being rushed by other visitors. All total it took me about 90 minutes to complete the round-trip hike because I stopped at every opportunity to take photos and enjoy the breath-taking views. I was able to take my time and enjoy the amazing views.
    Written 24 January 2024
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  • Henry A
    Hays, KS646 contributions
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    When we pulled into the parking lot and got out of the car we immediately saw six California Condors in the air just downstream from the bridge. When we walked out on the old bridge we were able to observe four more perched (one was playing with a piece of rope) under the bridges. This is a beautiful way to see the upper end of the Grand Canyon and the last place to drive across the river until the Hoover Dam.
    Written 4 June 2024
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  • Faker
    Paris, France73 contributions
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    We’ve done a lot of overlooks of the canyon, stopping at every shuttle stop including the Hermit road, but the Yaki Point ended up being the one that we preferred.
    Accessible only via shuttle (the orange one), there isn’t 1 billion cars that could disturb your visit.
    I’ll let you see it by your eyes.
    Written 1 August 2023
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