If you wish to descend down the canyon, you must take enough water with you and wear good hiking shoes. Park authorities strictly prohibit descending and ascending in the same day. This is so because a climb up immediately after a tiring hike down on the rocky path is extremely exhausting. Leaning over the ledge is not advisable. Neither is to enter the park when storm is on the way.
Trails in and around the canyon are marked. The most preferred is the Bright Angel Trail. The hiking trail takes you from the South Rim (6900 miles elevation) to Plateau Point (3800 miles elevation) and offers a long one-day hard walk. There are two rest-houses along the trail. The first is after a mile and a half (1130 miles elevation) and the second is within 4 miles (2100 miles elevation).
Camping and campgrounds at the Grand Canyon National Park
Two of the Grand Canyon’s National Park campgrounds offer reservations. These are the Mather Campground on the South Rim (in Grand Canyon village) and the North Rim Campground.
Reservations can be made through the National Recreation Reservation Service by calling 1-877-444-6777 or online at www.recreation.gov. Reservations can be made up to 6 months in advance.
From the Indian Gardens, a good place for camping, you can hike to the Colorado River and reach the Bright Angel Campground (nine and a half miles from the upper edge of the canyon). Not far from there is the Phantom Ranch. It is the base camp for the park security and you might get food and water from it.
Good to know
A prior permit is required for any kind of activities within the park. Pets are NOT allowed below the canyon’s South rim at any time. Pets are NOT permitted on the shuttle buses. Kennels are available in the South Rim Village.