Locals List: Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon, a majestic natural wonder renowned for its stunning vistas and vastness, is a destination everyone should visit at least once. Attracting millions of visitors each year, the main viewpoints and popular trails can draw crowds. For those returning or seeking a deeper connection with the area, consider exploring like a local. This guide will help you discover the Grand Canyon’s hidden gems, from secluded hiking trails to the best local eateries and unique sunset vistas. Consider checking out these lesser-known but locally loved spots during your Grand Canyon visit.

Hidden Hikes: Scenic and Secluded Trails

Red Butte Trail
Kaibab National Forest

Just outside the national park boundaries, the 3.3-mile Red Butte Trail offers a serene hiking experience amidst wildflowers and panoramic views. This lighter-trafficked trail provides a perfect escape into nature accompanied by the sounds of wildlife. It’s a moderately challenging hike to the summit of Red Butte and the fire lookout tower, with a steep incline that leads to birds-eye views of the area.

Hermit Road Rim Walk
Grand Canyon National Park

For those who want scenic views of the Grand Canyon, the Hermit Road Rim Walk is ideal. Accessible by a convenient shuttle bus, this 8-mile road offers leisurely walks along the South Rim, featuring some of the most dramatic overlooks of the Grand Canyon, with fewer crowds. Explore this lesser-traveled route on the South Rim’s western end by foot, bike, or shuttle. The shuttle is free for park goers and runs from Grand Canyon Village to Hermits Rest, with bus stops at nine scenic overlooks.

Slate Mountain
Coconino National Forest

Located 45 minutes east of camp, don’t miss the chance to hike Slate Mountain. It’s a great opportunity to stretch your legs and enjoy sweeping views of the volcanic field. Find solitude on the moderately challenging 4.4-mile Slate Mountain Trail, lined with Ponderosa pines, leading to a beautiful view of the San Francisco Mountains and Kendrick Peak.

Local Favorite Eats in Flagstaff and Williams

As you venture around the Grand Canyon, explore the unexpected food scene in the surrounding towns. Flagstaff and Williams are brimming with local gems that offer everything from gourmet dishes to comforting classics, providing the perfect complement to your Grand Canyon adventure.


Swaddee Thai Cuisine
115 E Aspen Ave

Dive into authentic Thai flavors made from fresh, local ingredients.

Forêt Flg
2 S Beaver St

This French-inspired cafe serves innovative dishes that blend local ingredients with global techniques.

Local Juicery
601 Piccadilly Dr

Refresh and recharge with organic smoothies and cold-pressed juices, or fill up with breakfast, lunch, or dinner options.

Dark Sky Brewery
117 N Beaver St

Savor craft beers brewed under dark desert skies and delicious bites, perfect after a day of hiking or exploring.


Historic Brewing Co
141 W Railroad Ave

Enjoy uniquely crafted beers in an upscale, industrial-chic atmosphere with indoor and outdoor seating.

Pine Country Restaurant
107 N Grand Canyon Blvd

Famous for its homemade pies and classic American comfort food served in a nostalgic setting.

Grand Canyon Brewery + Distillery
301 N 7th St

A must-visit for beer enthusiasts looking to taste local brews in a timber-clad building with a cozy fireplace.

Local Favorite Sunset and Sunrise Spots

Lipan Point
South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park

For a sunset that you’ll remember for a lifetime, Lipan Point offers unparalleled views of the canyon with the Colorado River winding below. This spot is favored by photographers for its dramatic landscapes and interplay of light and shadows as the sun sets.

Top of Red Butte
Kaibab National Forest

Whether you visit at sunrise or sunset, the top of Red Butte offers a 360-degree view encompassing the vast canyon’s vast expanse and beyond. The effort to get there is rewarded with some of the most spectacular views, which change colors with the rising or setting sun.

Dripping Springs
South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park

For experienced hikers seeking a challenge, Dripping Springs offers a rugged trail that leads to a small spring in a shady sandstone alcove—a hidden oasis in the desert. This challenging 6-mile out-and-back hike is filled with stunning canyon vistas.

Where to Stay Near Grand Canyon National Park

To truly immerse yourself in the Grand Canyon’s natural beauty, consider staying at Under Canvas Grand Canyon. Located just 25 minutes from the South Rim entrance to the national park, our unique glamping experience is set on 160 acres of secluded piñon and juniper forest. Here, hospitality meets adventure in a setting that offers both comfort and a connection to the great outdoors.

Book your stay at Under Canvas Grand Canyon and experience one of the world’s most iconic landscapes. Your journey into the heart of the Grand Canyon awaits.

Check out our Ultimate Grand Canyon Travel Guide for more things to see and do during your visit!


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