• View of Grand Canyon National Park at sunset from the South Rim

    Grand Canyon

    National Park Arizona

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  • Expect Isolated Thunderstorm Activity Through Thursday. A Greater Chance on the Weekend

    Monsoonal weather patterns have moved into the Grand Canyon area decreasing fire danger. As a result, on Tuesday, July 8 at 8 a.m. fire managers lifted fire restrictions within Grand Canyon National Park. More »

  • Two Bats Collected in the Park Have Tested Positive for Rabies

    One on the North Kaibab Trail and the other at Tusayan Ruin/Museum. Any persons having physical contact with bats in Grand Canyon National Park, please call 928-638-7779. Rabies can be prevented if appropriate medical care is given following an exposure. More »

Scenic Vistas

"The glories and the beauties of form, color and sound unite in the Grand Canyon—forms unrivaled even by the mountains, colors that vie with the sunsets, and sounds that span the diapason from tempest to tinkling raindrop, from cataract to bubbling fountain."
- Major John Wesley Powell

Grand Canyon National Park is world renown for its scenic vistas. With ever-changing and colorful scenery of enormous proportions, it is widely considered one of the world’s most spectacular landscapes. In Grand Canyon National Park, pine and fir forests, painted deserts, sandstone canyons, mesas and plateaus, volcanic and geologic features, the Colorado River, perennial streams, and waterfalls contribute to incredible panoramic views. Many of the park's scenic vistas are located on the South and North rims and some are accessible by car. Information on getting to these overlooks is available in the Park Maps document.

Although Grand Canyon National Park is located in a Clean Air Act Class I Area, visiblity at scenic vistas is often affected by haze from human sources including metropolitan areas and coal burning power plants. Sometimes a natural phenomenon limits visibility into the canyon. An inversion can occur when clouds hover below the rim and fill the chasm.

Did You Know?

CA condor in flight

There are 373 species of birds found in Grand Canyon National Park. Endangered bird species include the southwestern willow flycatcher, the Yuma clapper rail and the California condor. More...