The Abyss

Grand Canyon National Park South Rim

The Abyss is a good place to see sheer canyon walls, with the sheer cliffs dropping 3000ft to the Redwall limestone below.

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Nearby Grand Canyon National Park South Rim attractions

1. Monument Creek Vista

0.31 MILES

Excellent view of the confluence of Monument Creek and the Colorado River, known as Granite Rapid. From here westward, the bicycle- and wheelchair…

2. Mohave Point

1.22 MILES

Mohave Point is a great spot to watch the sun rise or set. In high season, when crowds at popular overlooks can be unbearable, Mohave makes a particularly…

3. Pima Point


Pima Point has good views of Hermit Camp on the Tonto Platform and the Hermit Rapids on the Colorado River, as well as some sections of the Hermit Trail…

4. Hermits Rest

1.72 MILES

Commissioned by the Fred Harvey Company and designed by Mary Colter in 1913, this low-flung stone building is the South Rim's westernmost scenic overlook …

5. Hopi Point

1.77 MILES

Spectacular Hopi Point juts further into the canyon than any other South Rim overlook, offering magnificent east–west views, making it an excellent choice…

6. Trailview Overlook

1.84 MILES

With an excellent view of most of the Bright Angel Trail switchbacks, this is a good spot to watch hikers and mule trains ascending and descending the…

7. Powell Point

1.93 MILES

This rocky peninsula cuts out over the canyon, offering some of the South Rim's most dramatic vistas. Similar to Hopi Point 0.3 miles to the west but not…

8. Maricopa Point

2.01 MILES

Maricopa, a 1.2-mile uphill walk from Grand Canyon Village along the Rim Trail, makes a lovely sunrise spot. Just east of here are the remains of the once…