Cape Royal

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The southernmost observation point of the Grand Canyon North Rim features extraordinary views of the region’s limestone canyons and rugged landscape.

Cape Royal is a popular North Rim overlook with impressive views of Marble Canyon and other key Grand Canyon features. Enjoy Cape Royal’s breathtaking views and drive to many other North Rim viewpoints, including Point Imperial and Uncle Jim Point.

With one of the area’s widest panoramic views, Cape Royal is an essential observation point for visitors to the North Rim. Look for Vishnu Temple, a tall rocky summit south of the overlook. Cape Royal is also great for bird watching. If you’re lucky, you may see a majestic falcon soaring above.

Reach Cape Royal via a short walking path, the Cape Royal Trail. The paved walkway features many interpretative signs, which you can use to learn about the region’s native vegetation. The trail stops at Angel’s Window, a natural arch in the Kaibab Limestone. Angel’s Window frames a section of the Colorado River, about 5,000 feet (1,500 meters) below.

Look for Wotan’s Throne due south of Cape Royal. Vertical cliffs surround this wooded mesa, making it accessible by rappelling. Freya Castle, a similar steep hill, is an impressive sight visible from this viewpoint.

Imperial Point, another excellent overlook, is less than 20 miles (30 kilometers) from Cape Royal. The easily accessed point is one of the canyon’s highest observation areas. It features spectacular views of the Painted Desert and eastern Grand Canyon. Admire the high alpine forests and native wildflowers on the drive to Point Imperial from Cape Royal.

Plan your trip to Cape Royal from the North Rim Visitor Center. The center contains useful information about Grand Canyon National Park and its many fascinating viewpoints and tourist areas. Cape Royal and Point Imperial are both highly accessible North Rim viewpoints however, pack extra water for any walks, as the region is known for its extremely hot and dry weather.

When planning a trip to Cape Royal, keep in mind that the North Rim’s restaurants, lodgings and other visitor services are only open seasonally, from mid-May to mid-October each year.

Top Hotels Close to Cape Royal

Yavapai Lodge
Yavapai Lodge
2 out of 5
11 Yavapai Lodge Road, PO Box 159, Grand Canyon, AZ, 86023
Fully refundable
The price is $205 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 26
Stay at this hotel in Grand Canyon. Enjoy free parking, 2 restaurants, and breakfast. Our guests praise the clean rooms in our reviews. Popular attractions Grand ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (6,540 reviews)
Wonderful and enjoyable Yavapai Lodge stay
"The location is convenient, the room is big and clean. I will definitely stay here next time."

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2022

Grand Canyon Lodge - North Rim
Grand Canyon Lodge - North Rim
2.5 out of 5
Arizona 67, North Rim, AZ, 86023
Stay at this hotel in North Rim. Enjoy a fitness center, onsite parking, and laundry facilities. Popular attractions Grand Canyon North Rim Visitor Center and ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (7 reviews)
"Great location. Terrible restaurant seating availability — not enough accommodation for lodge guests and day visitors."

Reviewed on Sep 1, 2019

Maswik Lodge - Inside the Park
Maswik Lodge - Inside the Park
2.5 out of 5
202 South Village Loop, Grand Canyon, AZ, 86023
The price is $249 per night from Oct 26 to Oct 27
Stay at this hotel in Grand Canyon. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our reviews. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,105 reviews)
"Rustic setting yet clean and modern room"

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2022

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Red Feather Lodge
Red Feather Lodge
3 out of 5
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2.5 out of 5
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Maswik Lodge - Inside the Park
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2.5 out of 5
202 South Village Loop, Grand Canyon, AZ, 86023
El Tovar - Inside the Park
El Tovar - Inside the Park
2.5 out of 5
Grand Canyon Village, Grand Canyon, AZ, 86023
Bright Angel Lodge – Inside the Park
Bright Angel Lodge – Inside the Park
3 out of 5
9 Village Loop Drive, Grand Canyon Village, Grand Canyon, AZ, 86023
Kachina Lodge - Inside the Park
Kachina Lodge - Inside the Park
2.5 out of 5
5 North Village Loop, Grand Canyon Village, Grand Canyon, AZ, 86023
Thunderbird Lodge - Inside the Park
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2 out of 5
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The Grand Hotel at the Grand Canyon
4 out of 5
149 State Highway 64 - Tusayan, Grand Canyon, AZ, 86023
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