Grand Canyon East Rim

The East Rim of the Grand Canyon is a hidden gem within the Grand Canyon National Park, offering a unique and less crowded experience.

Grand Canyon Lodging

Whether you’re looking for a budget-friendly stay or a luxurious retreat with panoramic views, the East Rim offers accommodations to suit every need. Nearby towns such as Page provide additional lodging choices.

Grand Canyon East Rim Weather

The East Rim of the Grand Canyon is at an elevation of 4,000 feet so at the rim temperatures are reasonable in summer. Going beneath the temperatures rise.  Average summer temperatures are in the Mid 80s – mid 90s.  Winter temperatures can be in the 50s and below.

Things to Do at Grand Canyon East Rim

The east rim is the more remote rim.  In fact, it is not officially designated as “East Rim” by the National Park Service. This doesn’t mean that those adventurous travellers won’t fin things to do at the east rim. Points of interest include:

  • Horseshoe Bend: This is the image you’ll see most when the east rim is discussed.  See the image at the top of this page, for instance. The horseshoe shape of the Colorado River near Page, Arizona is located 5 miles downstream from Glen Canyon Dam in the National Recreation Area. Be aware there is no guardrails at the East Rim so not idea for young children.
  • Cameron Trading Post: A historical part of the local economy.
  • Marble Canyon: The Colorado and Little Colorado River meet here.  Considered the beginning of the Grand Canyon.
  • Antelope Canyon: Another well photographed area of the east rim. A slot canyon located on Navajo land east of Page, Arizona. The Upper area is known as “The Crack” and the bottom is “The Corkscrew”.

Hiking or Walking

When planning hikes or walks in the East Rim, consider the weather and elevation changes. Consult with guides or rangers to ensure you are prepared. Hikes can range from short, informative walks to multi-day treks with camping, often requiring backcountry permits. These excursions offer the chance to see rare plant species and wildlife unique to the Grand Canyon area.

Viewpoints & Photography

The East Rim boasts numerous viewpoints, each offering spectacular vistas of cliffs, colors, and plateaus. These viewpoints are perfect for photography, capturing the grandeur of the canyon. Make sure to visit Horseshoe Bend for one of the most iconic and photographed spots in the Grand Canyon. Be safe as there are no guardrails.