Powell Point is a stunning viewpoint located on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park.
The narrow ridge is accessible using Hermit Rd is an interesting place to stop and learn about the history of Powell Point and the role it has played in discovering the canyon’s hidden gems.
Powell Point, Sunrise & Sunset, Overlook, Grand Canyon National Park
The marvelous point is a brief 10-minute walk from Maricopa Point. This walk cuts across the Orphan Mine, which is easily identifiable by its giant headframe and other abandoned structures on site. This old mine attracts curious explorers, but caution must be exercised as the old shafts and structures are quite unstable. There is a visitor-use area to the west where you can make a brief stopover.
At Powell Point, visitors get to appreciate Powell’s efforts and honor his legacy at the very point where the Grand Canyon National’s Park dedication ceremony was held. The viewpoint is a befitting spot for nature lovers as its unique limestone soils support rare plant species that are native to the area. Lone bristlecone pine trees also dot the landscape and are easy to identify thanks to their dizzying heights against the open escarpments.
Visitors should exercise caution while traveling on the marked trail to Powell Point. Part of the reason for this is that the soils are very erosive and, as a result, unstable in certain sections. It is advisable to wear appropriate hiking shoes for this terrain.
Mountain biking is also a popular activity near the viewpoint, with thrill-seekers riding from as far as Pine Lake. As the afternoon gives way to dusk, nature lovers get the chance of a lifetime to watch as the sun sets from Powell Point. As one of the most amazing places to enjoy a sunset, this point’s views are simply magical.
Other attractions near Powell Point include Maricopa Point to the east and Hopi Point to the west.