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11 Secret Attractions Of Grand Canyon You Won’t Want To Miss

by Tayebah Malik
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The Crown Jewel of the American Southwest and arguably one of the most spectacular natural wonders in the world, Grand Canyon National Park winds for 277  miles through Northern Arizona. As of the last year survey of 2023, almost 5.3 million people visited the destination. The Canyon is a mile deep in most areas, formed over millions of years by the Colorado River, which runs at its base and separates the North Rim from the South Rim. Even though the distance between rims is just 10 miles across in most areas. 

Keep in mind there is no bridge connecting them and it’s about a five-hour drive from one to the other. Robert, my brother, and I visited the Grand Canyon last year and found a lot of hidden gems that we had never heard before. Today, I am here to share with you all the in-depth information regarding those places that we enjoyed a lot.

Hidden Gems Of Grand Canyon- The Places You Have Never Seen Before 

Even though the Grand Canyon receives a large number of tourists each year, you will be able to experience your solitude here. Like us, you must research some of the secret locations of the Grand Canyon for your next trip.

 North Rim

About 95% of tourists to the Grand Canyon stop just to snap pictures at the South Rim before leaving, but only 5% go to the North Rim, which is colder and more biodiverse and is home to the rare Kaibab Squirrel. In contrast to the Grand Canyon South Rim, the North Rim provides private ranch visits, off-road ATV adventures, or guided photo excursions throughout its perimeter. These activities give a different viewpoint with broad panoramas, unlike the views of the Colorado River from the South Rim. Due to winter snowfall, it is only open from mid-May until mid-October.


Shoshone Point 

Undiscovered yet magnificent, Shoshone Point Grand Canyon on the South Rim provides stunning views of the canyons away from the throng. To locate it, go to a tiny parking lot inside the national park on the north side of Desert View Drive, approximately 1.2 miles east of Yaki Point. This hidden location lies at the end of an unmarked one-mile route that winds through an elk and deer-populated woodland. If there’s no “Closed” sign (it’s often reserved for weddings), follow the route until the trees part to expose breathtaking views of the canyon from a remote ridge at broad angles. This is a serene spot to spend time in nature while taking in the expansive 180-degree view.

Diamond Creek Road

Diamond Creek Road is a wonderful find for explorers searching for a particular place. This is a less-traveled path; authorization from the Hualapai tribe is required. At the bottom of the canyon, there’s a primitive campsite at the end. Although it lacks the standard luxuries, it was ideal for us. It’s ideal for adventure seekers who wish to spend the night in the canyon without having to worry about making the treacherous journey back up in the dark. Having visited the location myself, I believe that it offers a close-up, less crowded view of the canyon’s untamed splendor.

Havasu Falls

A ten-mile ascent is required to reach Havasu Falls, a sort of undiscovered treasure. (Recall that we mentioned it’s not quite out in the open.) Wearing your swimsuit underneath your hiking gear is a great option because you’re about to go on an amazing journey. After a peaceful trek, the sound of a trickling stream of water signals that you are almost there. You will come upon an amazing scene after a short distance: the turquoise waves contrast sharply with the red cliffs. Enter for a revitalizing swim. It was a stretch, but for us, it was an effort at a pun!


Desert View Campground

Situated around 25 miles from the bustling Grand Canyon Village, the serene Desert View Campground is located within the park. Situated on the South Rim, this quaint location is encircled by pine trees. Simple and peaceful, with only 50 sites and no RV connections. It’s a little ways from the settlement, but you’re still near several useful locations, such as the old Watchtower, a store, and a snack shop. This makes it simple to take in stunning sunsets and starry evenings that seem to be all your own. Without reservations, Desert View is open from April 13 to October 13. During our visit, we discovered it on a first come first served basis.

The Tonto Trail

The Tonto Trail is a good place to go if you want to see the Grand Canyon in a different way. This trek down to the Colorado River is not like any other. Rather, this path follows the Tonto Platform, a rock ledge that sits in the center of the canyon’s height for almost 70 miles. Winding through the Grand Canyon, this path offers a serene and picturesque trek that is not as crowded as other trails during our stay. The Grand Canyon offers several excellent hiking locations in addition to the Tonto Trail.


The Pipe Spring National Monument

The Pipe Spring National Monument is located 15 miles west of Fredonia, Arizona, on State Highway 389, and is only a short drive from the park. Situated on a compact 40-acre parcel close to the Utah border, it’s an excellent side trip if you’re visiting the North Rim. The natural spring at this location, which the Native Americans loved, drew the interest of Mormon pioneers in 1870. There, they erected a fort to protect the valuable water supply and transformed it into an essential stopping place for travelers. Later, during the campaign against polygamy, Pipe Spring also served as a haven for women trying to avoid federal marshals.

The Crack At Wet Beaver Creek

The Crack at Wet Beaver Creek, a well-liked location for people seeking to enjoy a natural swimming hole, is situated southeast of Sedona. You may enjoy the breathtaking environment while swimming, wading, or jumping from cliffs. The nicest aspect is that entrance is free without permission. All it takes to reach there is a 3.5-mile trek from the Bell Trailhead, during which you may take in the serene views. But be aware that weekends and holidays see a lot of traffic at this hidden gem, so much so that additional parking is sometimes required at the Bruce Brockett trailhead.

The Desert View Watchtower Retail Store

The Grand Canyon’s unparalleled natural beauty captivates tourists with its breathtaking vistas, rivers, hiking paths, and waterfalls. In a landscape the pure, even the tiniest man-made buildings are noticeable. The Desert View Watchtower Retail Store, a historic tower constructed in 1932, is one such example. Easily accessible by bus or automobile along a scenic road, it is located at Desert View on the South Rim. On a clear day, those who opt to climb the tower’s stairs are rewarded with amazing views spanning over 100 miles across the Grand Canyon.


Labyrinth Canyon

Labyrinth Canyon is another gem that may be found on a Grand Canyon rafting experience. Only accessible by stand-up paddleboard or kayak, this hidden slot canyon provides a peaceful haven unlike anything found in the more well-known Antelope Canyon. Labyrinth Canyon is a great place for those who want to stray from the usual tourist route because of its breathtaking rock formations and serene surroundings.

Ooh Aah Point

Ooh Aah Point is a bit of a challenge to reach after a 1.8-mile hike. There are switchbacks that drop the canyon wall, so be ready to gain some height on the way back. Even while this trail isn’t as difficult as some others, it’s still advisable to wear appropriate hiking shoes and carry a lot of water, especially in the summer. Since Ooh Aah Point is a popular location, be prepared to share the view, particularly around dusk.

In My Opinion, Which Hidden Spot Of Grand Canyon Is Best For You?

The Grand Canyon offers an abundance of sights to behold; nevertheless, some lesser-known locations are equally remarkable. There’s something for everyone, be it an intense hike, a peaceful getaway, or a refreshing swim spot.  But in my opinion, the North Rim is the best place ever, scoring a flawless 10 out of 10. It’s an experience not to be forgotten because of the distinct ecology, milder temperatures, and stunning views. However, your choices are unique to you. Tell me in the comments section below, please!

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