Ooh Aah Point (Grand Canyon, Arizona)

Ooh Aah Point at the Grand Canyon

Ooh Aah Point along the South Kaibab Trail in the Grand Canyon National Park is one of the most well-named locations in the world.  The breathtaking views from the point are a short 1.8 mile hike along the trail, and are considered to be among the best in Arizona. The trek along the South Kaibab Trail to Ooh Aah Point is a heavily trafficked out and back trail, and is rated as a moderate hike, but the views are well worth the sore muscles if you’re a little out of shape.

This portion of the Grand Canyon offers wildlife not seen in other parts of the park, or in other parts of the world for that matter. Along with the birds, lizards, and snakes, there are incredible views from the point (hence the name). The view from the point stretches from Havasupai Point 17 miles to the west, all the way to the Palisades of the Desert, more than 25 miles to the east.

Ooh Aah Point Facts

  • The drop from the point is only 400 feet before you hit flat ground but the elevation at Ooh Aah Point is 6,320 feet.
  • The Trailhead Elevation is 7,260 feet.
  • Ooh Aah Point is considered to a below the rim hike since it is slightly below the top of the canyon.
  • The Point sits at the top of the Supai group, a 385 million year old geological formation.
  • The black rock at the base of the canyon along the Colorado River is more than 1.7 billion years old.

Ooh Aah Point Hiking Tips

  • While it is not common for people to fall to their death at Ooh Aah Point, it does happen when they are careless.
  • Avoid hiking to Ooh Aah Point in the heat of the day. Summer temperatures in the upper canyon can range from 40-85°F (2-29°C), but closer to the river it can be 92-106°F (33-41°C).
  • Always be aware of your surroundings.
  • Since the weather can change quickly in this area, be prepared.
  • If heavy rains with lightning and thinder start it is best to stay away from tall objects such as trees.
  • Use sunblock, carry extra water, and take something to snack on. A short hike in this part of the world can turn bad quickly.
  • Water is available at the South Kaibab trailhead but nowhere else along the trail.
  • Leave an itinerary with someone and make sure to call them when you are finished with your hike.
  • Travel with a buddy whenever possible.
  • Plan for it to take a little longer than you think since there is a good chance you will stop several hundred times to snap photos.