Basic Information

The South Rim’s South Entrance is open 24 hours/day. Overnight accommodations, and some visitor services are available. More

Desert View and the East Entrance remain closed because of COVID-19 lockdowns on the neighboring Navajo Nation. You must enter and exit the park through the South Entrance. (Tusayan)

The North Rim is open for Day Use Only. The Lodge and Campground have closed for the 2020 season. Details

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Within a vast canyon landscape, colorful cliffs and peaks are becoming engulfed by evening shadows.
View from Powell Point on the South Rim.

A Mile-Deep Canyon

The Grand Canyon of the Colorado River is a mile-deep canyon (1.6 km) that bisects the park.

Even though the average distance across the canyon is only 10 miles/ 16 km, it takes 5 hours to drive the 215 miles / 346 km between the park's South Rim Village and the North Rim Village.
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90% of Travelers Visit Grand Canyon National Park's

South Rim

  • The South Rim is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
    All visitor services: camping, lodging, and food are available year round.
  • Reservations are strongly recommended during spring, summer and fall.
    Make South Rim Lodging Reservations here -- Make South Rim Campground Reservations here
  • Because the South Rim is easier to get to, day-use visitors should expect traffic congestion and parking problems, especially during spring break and during summer months.
  • The least crowded time is November through February. However, winter weather is a major consideration when planning a trip during these months.
  • A free shuttle bus system operates on the South Rim, in the Grand Canyon Village area. Save gas and frustration; park your vehicle and ride the free shuttles around the park.
  • The South Rim of Grand Canyon averages 7000 feet/2134 m above sea level. Walking at this elevation can be strenuous.
    Visitors with respiratory or heart problems may experience difficulties.

 

Buy Your Digital Entrance Pass on Recreation.gov

Whether you're planning a single visit or coming back multiple times a year, enjoy the convenience of purchasing a Grand Canyon National Park site-specific digital pass on Recreation.gov before you arrive. You have immediate access to your digital pass and can easily download it on your phone or tablet. Your pass will also be emailed as a PDF and can be printed out for display when you arrive.

Learn more about your pass options, find the right pass for you, and buy your pass online.


Private Vehicle ($35 valid for 7 days)
An online pass will admit everyone traveling with you in your car or personal vehicle. Between March 1, and mid-September, It is possible to park in the gateway community of Tusayan, present your digital pass, and your group can ride the free shuttle into the park.

Motorcycle ($30 valid for 7 days)
Individual (bicyclist, hiker, pedestrian) ($20 valid for 7 days)
Annual - Grand Canyon Only ($70)

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South Rim Pocket Map and Services Guide

 
a portion of the South Rim Pocket Map that shows Grand Canyon Village with shuttle bus routes as colored lines. on the right; shuttle bus information and schedules. Download the accessible PDF file.
Click anywhere in the photo to download the South Rim Pocket Map. Map shows services, facilities, shuttle bus routes, and scenic viewpoints.
 
Graphic shows cover of Grand Canyon Trip Planner showing Grand Canyon at sunset.

Trip Planner English

Backcountry Trip Planning Included - A Handy Source of Information/ Maps

How will you experience the canyon ?
Read our Trip Planner before you visit the park. Contains useful information and essential maps. (both North & South Rims)

This PDF "newspaper" contains active links that can connect you to more detailed information. The Trip Planner is formatted to print on standard letter-size paper.

TRIP PLANNER TRANSLATIONS are available in seven additional languages.
and may be downloaded here
 

North Rim

 

The North Rim has a short season, is harder to get to, and is more wild and secluded.

  • North Rim facilities and lodging are usually open May 15 through October 15, each year
  • Lodging and Camping Reservations are strongly recommended.
    North Rim Lodging Reservations. -- North Rim Campground Reservations. -- Driving Directions
    Additional facilities are available in the surrounding Kaibab National Forest, the Kaibab Lodge area, and Jacob Lake.
  • The North Rim is over 8000 feet/2438 m. in elevation.
    Visitors with respiratory or heart problems may experience difficulties. Walking at this elevation can be strenuous.
  • The North Rim is closed to all vehicles between December 1st and May 15th, and no visitor services are available.
  • Detailed North Rim Information and Video
 

North Rim Pocket Map and Services Guide

 
north rim pocket map graphic
Click on the graphic above to download the North Rim Pocket Map and Services Guide.
 

Safety Message:

Grand Canyon is in a Remote Part of the Country:

  • Bring an extra set of car keys; it could be a long wait for a locksmith.
  • Film is still available at the South Rim, but the closest camera repair is in Phoenix, AZ .
  • There is an automobile mechanic on the South Rim, but only for minor repairs. Most likely the car will have to be towed to Flagstaff or Williams, AZ .
  • Distances are deceiving in this part of the country. It may look like you can visit three parks in one day, but reality is often different.
  • Keep your gas tank full. The next gas station may be quite a distance down the road.
  • Carry water in your car, particularly during summer months.

Lightning Danger

Summer thunderstorms (July - September) provide beauty, excitement, and much needed water to Grand Canyon, but they also bring risk. Dangerous, potentially deadly, lightning accompanies thunderstorms. Lightning has killed and injured visitors to the park. Learn more...


 
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In "More Than A View," Park Ranger Stephanie Sutton invites us to go beyond the rim and explore all that Grand Canyon National Park has to offer; diverse life zones, landforms, and cultural history.

 
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"Traveling Green"

is a great way to help Grand Canyon and other areas you visit reduce carbon emissions, divert and reduce what goes into the waste stream, and to generally help the environment. Go to our Traveling Green page for helpful tips on planning your next green adventure.

Thanks for doing what you can to help protect our environment!

 

Entrance Fees:

Entrance Passes:

 
visitors boarding the Village Loop Shuttle Bus at dusk.
Visitors who have parked at the South Rim Visitor Center board free shuttle buses to access village facilities and canyon overlooks.

Quick links to information about:

 
a hand holding cellular phone that displays photos and text for a location. In the background, people at a scenic overlook with peak visible in the distance
Using the app at Mather Point on the South Rim

Grand Canyon App

The official app fom the National Park Service provides detailed information about things to do, lodging, campgrounds, and services throughout the park.

Apple Store Preview:
https://apps.apple.com/bn/app/nps-grand-canyon/id1463843937

Google Play:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=gov.nps.grca

Cellular service and Wi-Fi are limited at Grand Canyon.

You can start the app and download the map before you arrive,
so you can use it - when there is no internet connection in the park. Follow these steps >

Last updated: October 19, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 129
Grand Canyon, AZ 86023

Phone:

928-638-7888

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