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Powell Point
Powell Point

Powell Point

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

On arrival, visitors are greeted by the statue of John Wesley Powell, the man whom the point is named after. Powell played a key role in making expeditions down the Colorado River in the 18th century, and the discovery of its present attractions as they are presently known.

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.

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Grand Canyon Visitor Center
Mon - Sun: 9am - 4pm
Summer & Fall
Mon - Sun: 8am - 6pm
Mon - Sun: 9am - 5pm

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What are the Powell Point entry prices?
Weekly Passes
Vehicle Permit: $35
Motorcycle Permit: $30
Individual Permit: $20 per person

Entrance Fee-Free Days
Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
First day of National Park Week
National Park Service Birthday
National Public Lands Day
Veterans Day

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