Things To Do
VISITOR CENTER: Begin at the Visitor Center featuring a bookstore and orientation video. Park map and information for ranger led programs are available. Visitor Center and parking lot gates close at 5:00 PM. No entrance fee.
SCENIC DRIVES: On your own, drive along two paved rim drives that lead to several overlooks which provide excellent views of the canyon below. Allow 2 hours to visit 3 overlooks on the North Rim Drive; best for morning photos. Allow 2 hours to visit 7 overlooks on the South Rim Drive; best for afternoon photos.
SELF GUIDED HIKE: On your own, drive about 6 miles up the South Rim to the one public hiking trail at the White House Overlook. Allow 2 hours round trip to hike about 600 feet down/up the switchback trail to the White House Ruin. Restrooms at overlook and bottom of trail. No pets allowed on the trail.
CANYON TOURS: Private companies offer canyon tours by hiking, horseback or vehicle. Tours into the canyon requires a backcountry permit and hiring an authorized guide. No pets allowed on tours. Contact private companies directly for arrangements. Click here for Listing of Tour Companies.
RANGER LED PROGRAMS: Ranger led activities, including hikes, are generally offered from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Check at the Visitor Center for activity schedule.
CAMPING: Cottonwood Campground is managed by the Navajo Parks and Recreation Department. Nightly fee with 93 sites available first-come, first-serve. No showers or hookups. Call 928-674-2106 for more information.