Top North Rim Viewpoints in the Grand Canyon

Don't miss the views at the Grand Canyon's quieter side - the North Rim. Top views can be had at Cape Royal and Point Imperial.
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Don't miss the views at the Grand Canyon's quieter side - the North Rim. Top views can be had at Cape Royal and Point Imperial.

There are three sights along the North Rim that should absolutely be included on your Grand Canyon North Rim travel itinerary: Cape Royal, Point Imperial, and Bright Angel Point.

Map of 3 North Rim Overlooks in the Grand Canyon

Point Imperial

This 11-mile (one way) drive from the Visitor Center leads to Point Imperial, the highest rim overlook in the park at elevation 8,803 feet. From here the canyon view encompasses Mt. Hayden, Vermilion Cliffs and Marble Canyon as well as an area of the park that was burned by the 2000 Outlet wildfire. Picnic tables are
located at the point and an interpretive sign describes geologic formations.

Rainbow at Point Imperial in the Grand Canyon. Photo by Grant Ordelheide

Rainbow at Point Imperial in the Grand Canyon. 

The view at the Point Imperial Overlook at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon

The view at the Point Imperial Overlook at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon

Cape Royal

View of Cape Royal in the Grand Canyon

View of Cape Royal in the Grand Canyon

Cape Royal is situated at almost 8,000 feet and is the southernmost vantage on the North Rim. It is spectacular and provides the closest thing to a total panoramic view of the Grand Canyon. Visitors who go the extra distance to reach this scenic point will be rewarded with views and solitude. Drive 23 miles (one way) on the main park road from the Visitor Center to road's end at the Cape Royal parking lot. Park and follow the paved path for a mile to the natural arch, Angels Window, and then to Cape Royal Point. From this rocky outcrop you can see the Colorado River.

Cape Royal on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon
Angels Window at Cape Royal from the Grand Canyon's North Rim. Photo by Elisabeth Kwak
View from Cape Royal at the Grand Canyon's North Rim. Photo by Elisabeth Kwak
Wontans Throne near Cape Royal in the Grand Canyon

Wontans Throne near Cape Royal in the Grand Canyon

Bright Angel Point

Bright Angel Point on the North Rim. Photo by Whit Richardson

Bright Angel Point on the North Rim. 

Easily reached via a half mile paved walkway, Bright Angel Point has spur paths where visitors can enjoy sweeping views of Bright Angel Canyon below and canyon buttes and temples. The South Rim is 11 miles on the other side and far in the distance to the south are the San Francisco Peaks. The path to the Bright Angel Point begins at the Visitor Center parking area.

The view from Bright Angel Point. Photo by Elisabeth Kwak
Sunset at Bright Angel Point on the Grand Canyon's North Rim. Photo by Elisabeth Kwak
Sunset at Bright Angel Point. Photo by Elisabeth Kwak

Want to Venture Deeper?

Map to Point Sublime on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon

Point Sublime

Point Sublime at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Photo by NPS

Point Sublime at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. 

Getting to this remote Grand Canyon vantage point requires a 4WD vehicle or strong legs and a mountain bike. It is 17 miles (one way) to Point Sublime on a bumpy dirt road that is often washed out in places. Or, for a shorter trip, drive 4 miles, park your vehicle or ride your bike another 4.5 miles to Tiyo Point. Overnight camping with a permit is allowed at the points. Access road to Point Sublime is off AZ 67, 2.7 miles north of Grand Canyon Lodge.

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Hiker at Bright Angel Point on the Grand Canyon's North Rim

Grand Canyon North Rim

Those visiting the remote North Rim (5-hour drive from South Rim) will be rewarded with a chance to see the canyon without the crowds.