Trail of Time

Grand Canyon National Park
Located 5.9 miles from Tusayan, Arizona (AZ)
4 Stars
2,146 Steps 1  (1.0 mi)

The Trail of Time is a popular tourist destination and part of the Rim Trail; it offers an interpretive guide to the geology of the park. Every meter of the trail is marked with a brass plaque representing one million years in time. Along the trail you will be able to see and feel different samples of rocks taken from within the canyon. The trail is located between Verkamp's Visitor Centre and Yavapai Geology Museum. Wheelchair accessible.

Trail of Time


The Trail of Time has a maximum elevation of 6,994 ft (2,132 m), a minimum elevation of 6,802 ft (2,073 m), and an elevation range of 192 ft (59 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
2,1461.0 mi6,802 ft6,994 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
22 min3.340 ft182 ft
[ B to A ]
23 min15.2182 ft40 ft

What is the length of the Trail of Time?

The length of the trail is 1.0 mi (1.6 km) or 2,146 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Trail of Time?

A person in good physical health can hike the trail in 22 min in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 23 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 Trail of Time 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 trail of Time map?

Yes, and it's free! The Trail of Time 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.