River Trail
Grand Canyon National Park

Located 9.0 miles from Tusayan, Arizona

4 Stars

The River Trail is situated along the Colorado River and connects the Bright Angel Trail and the South Kaibab Trail with Phantom Ranch and the Bright Angel Campground. There is little elevation change on the River Trail. There are two bridges that cross the river; the silver bridge and the black bridge.

River TrailThe Bridge at River TrailRiver Trail Sign Post


The length of the River Trail in Grand Canyon National Park is 1.8 miles and requires around 1.0 hours to hike one-way. The trail has a maximum elevation of 2,672 feet, a cumulative elevation gain of 0.4 miles and a cumulative elevation loss of 0.6 miles.



The following chart shows the total calories that you can expend on the River Trail while hiking (round-trip) at a typical speed and is based on gross weight (which includes anything carried), the topography, trail length and trail conditions.


Topo Maps

Phantom Ranch Topo Map: Download the free River Trail topo map and the adjoining quads to plan your hike. These are full-sheet, 7.5 Minute (1:24,000 scale) Grand Canyon National Park topographic maps.

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