Dripping Springs Trail

Grand Canyon National Park
Located 8.9 miles from Tusayan, Arizona (AZ)
4 Stars
3,686 Steps 1  (1.7 mi)

The Dripping Springs Trail is accessed from the Hermit Trail. The first section of this trail is steep, unmaintained and rocky. There is no potable water on the trail, so pack plenty. You can fill up with water at Hermit's Rest.

Dripping Springs TrailDripping SpringsDriping Springs Sign

This hike is strenuous, so take care with your footing. You will know when you're at the start of Dripping Springs; prickly pear and other plants grow in the masses here, an oasis of green will meet you before you actually reach your destination. Please be aware, the trail is below the 'Dragon Flight Corridor', a flight path used by helicopter tours; when the tours are operating, the area is very noisy.


The Dripping Springs Trail has a maximum elevation of 5,490 ft (1,673 m), a minimum elevation of 5,063 ft (1,543 m), and an elevation range of 427 ft (130 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
3,6861.7 mi5,063 ft5,490 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
51 min41.1493 ft203 ft
[ B to A ]
46 min16.9203 ft493 ft

What is the length of the Dripping Springs Trail?

The length of the trail is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) or 3,686 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Dripping Springs Trail?

A person in good physical health can hike the trail in 51 min in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 46 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 Dripping Springs 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: Havasupai Point, AZ
  2. North Topo Map: Shiva Temple, AZ
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Bright Angel Point, AZ
  4. West Topo Map: Piute Point, AZ
  5. Topo Map: Grand Canyon, AZ
  6. East Topo Map: Phantom Ranch, AZ
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Metzger Tank, AZ
  8. South Topo Map: Tusayan West, AZ
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Tusayan East, AZ

Is there a Dripping Springs trail map?

Yes, and it's free! The Dripping Springs Trail is located on the Grand Canyon 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.