The Secret Grand Canyon: 10 Hidden Gems to Escape the Crowds

The Grand Canyon turns 100 this year!

Grand Canyon, Navajo Point. (Photo By: MyLoupe/UIG Via Getty Images)
Grand Canyon, Navajo Point. (Photo By: MyLoupe/UIG Via Getty Images)
By Chase Hill / March 31, 2019 5:00 am

This summer, if you’re looking to lose the crowd at the Grand Canyon during its 100th birthday year, there are plenty of secret places to visit within the 277-mile-long national park.

According to The Guardian, there are perfect places to find some privacy during your next visit to the Grand Canyon.

Shoshone Point:

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A hiker makes their way up Shoshone Point at the Grand Canyon. (Photo by Brian Vander Brug/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

A private perch with 180 degree views awaits once you make the trek down a mile-long dirt path. As long as there isn’t a “closed” sign posted you’ll have access to the vantage point. Some people even have wedding ceremonies at Shoshone Point. The breathtaking view is accessible from a small parking lot just a mile away.

Desert View Campground:

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Arizona, Grand Canyon National Park, View of Desert View Watchtower , Painted Desert and Marble Canyon from Navajo Point. (Photo by: Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

Located 25 miles away from Grand Canyon Village, the Desert View campground delivers on its name. Spectacular views of the Grand Canyon can be absorbed while sitting on a little bench, surrounded by pretty much nobody. There’s also a historic Game of Thrones-like watchtower that doubles as a snack bar and trading post.

Rim Trail:

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Grand Canyon viewed from South Rim Trail in Grand Canyon National Park Arizona. (Photo by: Education Images/UIG via Getty Images)

The 13-mile-long rim trail runs along the South Rim from Hermits Rest to South Kaibab. There path is paved, making it easy for almost any hiker to enjoy. You’ll be removed from the Grand Canyon Village, so it’s best to plan ahead and pack a picnic lunch. There are plenty of places to stop along the trail to enjoy lunch and the panoramic views of the Grand Canyon.

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