Plan Your Visit
Navajo families live in the park, so canyon tours require an authorized guide and backcountry permit, but self-guided tours do not. Be advised entering the canyon is at your own risk.
Begin at the Visitor Center featuring a bookstore and silversmith demonstration area. An orientation video is available in the lobby. Pick up a map and other information for self-guided activities and canyon tours.
The Visitor Center and parking lot gates close at 5:00 p.m. Visitors are urged not to leave vehicles in the parking lot overnight. For detailed information, click on Things To Do.
SUGGESTIONS IF YOU HAVE
2 Hours - Visit all 7 overlooks on South Rim Drive OR visit all 3 overlooks on North Rim Drive.
1/2 Day - Visit all 10 overlooks on South and North Rim Drive OR Visit the South Rim Drive and hike the White House Trail OR join a half day guided tour.
1 Day - Visit all 10 overlooks on South and North Rim Drives plus hike the White House Trail OR visit all 10 overlooks plus join a half day guided tour OR join an all-day guided tour.
2 Days - Visit all 10 overlooks on the South and North Rim Drives, hike the White House Trail AND join an all-day guided tour.
Did You Know?
Thunderbird Lodge was originally a trading post operated by Charles and Samuel Day beginning in 1896. Charles Day was also appointed as the first custodian of the park.