Thunder River Trail

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Thunder River Trail
Length 17.7 mi (28.5 km)
Location Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, United States
Trailheads Colorado River
Indian Hollow, Grand Canyon North Rim
Use Hiking
Elevation change 4,400 ft (1,300 m)
Highest point North Rim, 6,400 ft (2,000 m)
Lowest point Colorado River, 2,000 ft (610 m)
Hiking details
Trail difficulty Strenuous
Season Early Spring to
Late Fall
Sights Grand Canyon
Colorado River
Thunder River
Tapeats Creek
Hazards Severe Weather
Flash Flood

The Thunder River Trail is a hiking trail on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park, located in the U.S. state of Arizona.


Length (mi) Elv (ft) Location Connecting trails Water
0 6400 Trailhead None None
7 5350 Trail Junction Bill Hall Trail Seasonal
14 3650 Trail Junction Deer Creek Trail Seasonal
17 2000 Colorado River Colorado River Trail Perennial


The upper portions of the trail were originally built in 1876 when rumors of placer gold led speculators to need a way into the area.[1] Further trail work was performed beginning in 1925 under the US Forest Service and continued under the National Park Service with the final sections to Tapeats Creek completed in 1939.[2] The trail was closed to all motorized vehicles effective July 1, 1962 due to safety concerns for both vehicle riders and hikers.[3]


  1. ^ Roos, Constance (2012). The Grand Canyon: with Bryce and Zion Canyons in America's South West. Cicerone Press Limited. ISBN 9781849656580. 
  2. ^ "THUNDER RIVER TRAIL". Retrieved 30 April 2017. 
  3. ^ "Thunder River Trail Limited". Arizona Daily Sun. Flagstaff. May 26, 1962. Retrieved 1 May 2017 – via  Free to read

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Coordinates: 36°23′31″N 112°27′02″W / 36.39194°N 112.45056°W / 36.39194; -112.45056