Photo By Peter Watts
Skeleton Point


Skeleton Point is a couple of hours into the Grand Canyon down the South Kaibab Trail. This panorama shows the view north west from the point up the Grand Canyon. This is the first place on the South Kaibab Trail where you can see the Colorado River at the bottom of the canyon.


Skeleton Point - Grand Canyon visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Skeleton Point' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Arizona.

Skeleton point is on the South Kaibab Trail which descends into the Grand Canyon from the South Rim near to Yaki Point. Walkers descend rapidly down a series of switchbacks and traverse along the edge of a small side canyon before arriving at Ooh-Aah Point, where they are rewarded with very dramatic views into the Grand Canyon. The path then descends to a Staging Post on Cedar Ridge where these is a rest station and toilets before descending yet again to Skeleton Point, another 40 minutes walk. This picture shows the view north and west. From here the descent from Skeleton Point is again very steep. Naturally, 'descent' only applies in one direction.

Use the degree direction indicator at the bottom right of the image to find the following landmarks:

  • Part of the Colorado River visible at the bottom of the Grand Canyon (15°).


Bus: The South Kaibab Trailhead is on the southern rim. Either take a free shuttle bus from the Grand Canyon Village, or park at the end of the trailhead road and walk in (about half a mile).
Car: The Grand Canyon Village is about 55 miles from Williams (64 and US180 north) and 78 miles from Flagstaff (US180 north). These are the most popular nearby destinations with numerous hotels. Just outside the Grand Canyon National Park is Tusayan, a small strip village made mostly of hotels and motels.
Flight: Grand Canyon National Park Airport next to Tusayan

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