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Ways to Experience the Canyon
for a list of today's scheduled programs and activities.
South Rim (Open All Year)
Grand Canyon Visitor Center (South Rim Village)
Visitor Center Theater
The park film, Grand Canyon: A Journey Of Wonder, is shown on the hour and half-hour. (Admission free - the film is 20 minutes long).
The film takes visitors on a rim to river, and dawn to dusk journey through the park, and provides an introduction to the human and natural history of the region.
Walking or HikingThe Canyon Rim Trail
For a nice introduction to the park, walk part of the well defined, and mostly level Canyon Rim Trail. Start from the Visitor Center/Mather Point, or from any viewpoint in the village.
Walk the Trail of Time
Between Yavapai Museum of Geology and Verkamps Visitor Center 1.2 miles (2 km) along the canyon rim. View photos here.
Activities for Kids
(Formerly known as West Rim Drive)
Did You Bring Your Bicycle?
Learn about bicycling on the South Rim
Capture Grand Canyon in Photos
Taking photos is a great way to make your Grand Canyon trip last. Whether you share them on social media or compile them in a scrapbook, having great photos of your adventure is the best souvenir.
Desert View Drive
Visitors traveling to Grand Canyon National Park can enter and exit the park through the East Entrance at Desert View.
Visitors traveling to Grand Canyon National Park can enter/exit the park through the East Entrance at Desert View for wide, expansive views of Grand Canyon and the Colorado River. (Desert View is 23 miles/37 km) from the South Rim Village.
Desert View visitor services include: Market/Deli, Trading Post with coffee/ice cream, seasonal campground, and a pay-at-the-pump gas station. Details >
Tusayan Pueblo and Museum
CLOSED FOR THE WINTER
Tusayan Pueblo is the remains of a small Ancestral Puebloan village is located 3 miles (5 km) west of Desert View. The archaeological site has a self-guiding trail that encircles the pueblo.
Guided Learning Adventures
Grand Canyon Conservancy's Field Institute
The institute provides immersive and educational adventures at Grand Canyon—all officially designed and developed in partnership with Grand Canyon National Park.
Learn about additional Guided Tour options on the South Rim
are offered year round on the South Rim.
More about South Rim Mule Trips >
Raft Trips on the Colorado River
Half-day and all-day smooth water trips from Glen Canyon Dam to Lees Ferry may be arranged by any lodge within the park.
Ride Grand Canyon Railway
From Williams, Arizona (along Interstate 40) the Grand Canyon Railway carries more than 230,000 people by rail to Grand Canyon National Park each year.
As an alternative, to driving, it is possible to park in Williams, AZ, 60 miles south of the park, (on Interstate 40), take Grand Canyon Railway, and not have to deal with busy summer traffic and finding a parking place.
North Rim - Day Use Only
Grand Canyon Lodge, food/beverage, overnight lodging, retail stores, and the North Rim Campground closed on October 16, 2023.
North Rim Ranger Programs
CLOSED for the Winter
North Rim Day Hiking
Take a day hike through this beautiful scenery, open during the fall day use period.
North Rim Scenic Drives
Cape Royal and Point Imperial Roads are open to the public. (Day use only)
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 the Traveling Green page for helpful tips on planning your next green adventure.
Thanks for doing what you can to help protect our environment!
Last updated: November 23, 2023