Beyond the Corridor - Page 4
The author and Ashley Maryn take in the sunrise on the Boucher Trail before descending a steep, rocky section to the Tonto Trail. Photo by Ken Etzel.
Trailhead: Grand Canyon, Arizona
Best Season to Go
Fall and spring are best. Spring offers the best chance for water below the rim. Winter can be cold and snowy near the rim; summer is dangerously hot and water sources can be unreliable.
Camping and Accommodations
Find camping and hotels in Grand Canyon National Park and just outside the south entrance at Tusayan. Flagstaff, one hour drive south, is stacked with hotels and camping. Act quickly; reservations fill early.
Resources and Gear
The Grand Canyon National Park official website has excellent backcountry trail information, updates, closures and weather information. Get insider tips and grab last-minute gear at Run Flagstaff in Flagstaff, Arizona, and Sedona Running Company in Sedona, Arizona.
Grand Canyon Village has grocery and a few sit-down eatery options although limited. Treat yourself to a nice meal and view at El Tovar. Other limited options can be found in Tusayan, bordering the South Entrance. Head one hour south to Flagstaff to check out Flagstaff Brewing Co. in historic downtown for local music, food and beer, or explore the many other great food and brewery options within walking distance.
Always step to the side of the trail for mules. Be courteous to hikers and backcountry rangers. Don’t cut switchbacks. Pack out all trash.
National Park shuttle bus, taxi and personal car may be used to access trails. Plan ahead and check the Grand Canyon National Park official website for shuttle-bus availability. Many loop trails have multiple access points, may be complicated to shuttle or have no shuttle service.