Hike and Camp at Nankoweap Granaries

1 Miles Round Trip - 700 ft gain - Out-and-Back Trail

Nankoweap Granaries - Search Nearby - Added by Kevin Kaminski

From your campsite, enjoy amazing river views and great opportunities for photography. The short hike from camp allows you to explore an ancient Native American site. 

Hikingto the Nankoweap Granaries can be done in a few ways but the two mostpopular routes is by boat along the Colorado River or theunmaintained Nankoweap trail, which is considered by most and thepark services the most difficult named trail. Nankoweap Creek drainsinto the Colorado creating the largest delta in the canyon, whichmakes this a popular spot not only to stop for a break but also tocamp. I was lucky enough to have been on a private river tripthrough the GC and this was one of the stops we made along the way toset up camp. The campground area is very large so no problem findinga spot to set up camp, and like all the campsites along the river youwill be sleeping on sand. A few of us on the trip decided to wake upearly next morning to watch the sunrise from the Nankoweap Granaries. To get to the Granaries from the beach simply follow a routewestward across the sand dunes to the cliffs above. Once you reachthe trailhead you will see the Granaries above you, from there thetrail climbs steeply and directly with switchbacks. The trail ispretty rocky but noting to extreme, you will see large slabs thatwere placed for much of the hike. Once you reach about 600 feetabove the river you'll have a nice flat overlook of the river, thisis one of those WOW moments where you can see miles down the river with towering red canyon walls in the east. Once you're done takingin that amazing view you'll have about another 100 feet up till youreach the Granaries. When you arrive to the Granarie you'll haveabout 20 more feet of slight scrambling to be right next to them. This is another spot to just sit and take it all in, but please besure to respect the area by not going into the Granaries or removingany rocks. This Ancient site is a real treasure in the canyon, andin my opinion one of the most amazing views in the GC. Once you'vetaken in all the beauty of this site you'll return the same way youcame up, making this about a 1 mile roundtrip hike.

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Camping
Photography
Rafting
Hiking
Beach
River

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1 Miles
700 ft elevation gain
Out-and-Back Trail

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Sweet View Of The River

Every rafting trip stops here for this beautiful view. Been to this location twice with Canyon Exploration based out of Flagstaff. The granaries are cool and historic but the hike up is the fun part.