Cliff Spring Trail

Grand Canyon National Park
Located 14.3 miles from Tusayan, Arizona (AZ)
4 Stars
938 Steps 1  (0.4 mi)

The Cliff Spring Trail begins by meandering down a forested ravine, past an ancient indian granary that was used by the people who lived in this area many centuries ago. Please do not enter or disturb the granary. A spring exists in an alcove towards the end of the trail, but do not drink the water as it may be contaminated.

Cliff Spring TrailCliff Spring Indian GranaryCliff Spring Trailhead


The Cliff Spring Trail has a maximum elevation of 7,750 ft (2,362 m), a minimum elevation of 7,574 ft (2,309 m), and an elevation range of 176 ft (54 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
9380.4 mi7,574 ft7,750 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
10 min0.00 ft176 ft
[ B to A ]
13 min14.7176 ft0 ft

What is the length of the Cliff Spring Trail?

The length of the trail is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) or 938 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Cliff Spring Trail?

A person in good physical health can hike the trail in 10 min in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 13 min in the [ B to A ] direction.


The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the trail while hiking in the [ A to B ] and [ B to A ] direction at a typical speed and is based on gross weight (which includes anything carried), the topography, trail length and trail conditions.

Topo Maps

Download the free Cliff Spring 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. Do you want full-sheet outdoor recreation JPEG Topo Maps?

Adjoining 7.5' Quadrangle Legend

  1. Northwest Topo Map: Bright Angel Point, AZ
  2. North Topo Map: Walhalla Plateau, AZ
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Cape Solitude, AZ
  4. West Topo Map: Phantom Ranch, AZ
  5. Topo Map: Cape Royal, AZ
  6. East Topo Map: Desert View, AZ
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Tusayan East, AZ
  8. South Topo Map: Grandview Point, AZ
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Grandview Point NE, AZ

Is there a Cliff Spring trail map?

Yes, and it's free! The Cliff Spring Trail is located on the Cape Royal topo map. Use the adjoining quadrangle legend to download the map.



  1. Steps is a unit of distance equal to the sum of stride lengths that vary with the terrain.
  2. Length is the distance of the trail between the two trailheads, measured on the trail.
  3. Min Ele is the minimum elevation on the trail.
  4. Max Ele is the maximum elevation on the trail.
  5. Time is the typical total time required to hike the trail.
  6. Floors is the gain divided by twelve, the height of one floor.
  7. Gain (cumulative elevation gain) is the sum of every gain in elevation.
  8. Loss (cumulative elevation loss) is the sum of every loss in elevation.