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Deer Creek Trail

  • Such an amazing spot
  • Looking into Deer Creek
  • On the way to Deer Creek


  • This trail is reached from either the Bill Hall or Thunder River Trail on the North Rim of Grand Canyon
  • Hikers who make the trek are rewarded with amazing views as well as the winding oasis of Deer Creek Narrows.
  • The Bill Hall to Thunder River and then Deer Creek combination makes for a great loop backpack trip. 

Deer Creek Trail


Deer Creek Trail leads to a winding corkscrew canyon on the north side of the Colorado River at the bottom of Grand Canyon. The trail is accessed via the Bill Hall Trail or Thunder River Trail from the rim to Surprise Valley. From the junction, the trail splits off at the bottom of the Redwall formation. Hikers must watch for a cairn marking the junction. The route makes a descent and then ascent through the Bonita Creek drainage before reaching another trail junction. Deer Creek Trail continues to the west over a hot expanse without much elevation change before dropping into the Deer Spring drainage. Eventually, hikers reach the falls nestled in a winding canyon that is a beautiful oasis after the hot and dustry slog through Surprise Valley. 

After the falls, the trail begins to switchback to the floor of the canyon. Use caution in this section as the descent is somewhat steep and rocky. Nearing the river, the trail is more worn and easy to follow as river runners often come up to explore the springs and canyon. At the canyon floor, hikers cross Deer Creek near where the main drainage and Deer Springs converge. The crossing is generally fairly easy depending on the season. Use caution. Camping is allowed in much of the area but no camping is allowed in the narrows or at the river. After setting up camp, take the trail on the west side of the narrows all the way to the Colorado River. This is a beautiful area but be careful as the drop into the narrows is a very long way down!  Remember to obtain the proper permits from the Backcountry Office and be prepared for wilderness conditions. 

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