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

    Grand Canyon

    National Park Arizona



Where is Grand Canyon?

Grand Canyon is in the northwest corner of Arizona, close to the borders of Utah and Nevada.

The Colorado River, which flows through the canyon, drains water from seven states, but the feature we know as Grand Canyon is entirely in Arizona. Most of the Grand Canyon lies within Grand Canyon National Park and is managed by the National Park Service. Jump to a larger map.

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The mile-deep Colorado River creates a barrier that splits the park into north and south Rims. In this illustration, the North Rim is shown in yellow and the South Rim is shown in blue.

Why is the park separated into
South and North Rims?

A 277 mile long (446 km) canyon separates the park into South and North Rims. The Grand Canyon of the Colorado River is a mile-deep, (1.6 km) and creates a barrier that bisects the park. Even though the average distance across the canyon is only 10 miles/ 16 km, be aware that it is a five-hour drive of 220 miles/ 354 km between the park's South Rim Village and the North Rim Village.

Scenery, climate and vegetation are noticably different between north and south rims because of differences in elevation. It is almost like having two parks in one and it takes time, planning and effort to be able to visit both sides of the Canyon in one trip.


How Do I Travel to the South Rim?

The South Rim of the Grand Canyon is Open All Year and is located on the "Arizona" side of the Canyon. The South Rim receives 90% of the park's visitation.

The South Rim has an airport and rail service and is a 90 minute drive from Interstate 40 and the transportation centers of Williams and Flagstaff, Arizona. A larger city with a major airport, Phoenix, Arizona, is also on this side of the canyon, and is approximately a four hour drive. More...

South Rim Visitor Center: 36°03'32"N 112°06'33"W
Front cover of 2015 Spring Guide Newspaper showing Desert View Watchtower and Colorado River

Park Newspaper

Download the 2015 Spring (English)
March 1, through May 20, 2015
Spring South Rim Guide (letter-size)
(Prints on 8.5 x 11" paper 2.5 MB PDF File)

Spring South Rim Guide (tabloid size)
(Prints on 11 x 17" paper 2.4 MB PDF File)

Contains the maps, schedules and information needed to plan a South Rim visit.

South Rim lodging and camping and most other visitor services are open all year.

Reserve lodging and campsites as far ahead as possible, especially if you plan to visit during the busy summer and fall months.

Download Spring South Rim Village Shuttle Bus/ Parking Map
as one large page 22.5 x 17" (1.5 MB PDF file)

Grand Canyon National Park & Vicinity. Scroll down for approximate driving distances. Click on map above to download it. (2.5 MB pdf file) Highway 89 from Page, AZ south to Bitter Springs, AZ reopened on March 27, 2015.


How Do I Travel to the North Rim?

The North Rim of the park is more remote, and, at this time, is Closed for the Winter.
Lodging, restaurants and shops are open from May 15th through October 15 each year.
The North Rim receives 10% of the park's visitation.

The North Rim is located on the "Utah" side of the Grand Canyon and the entrance station is 30 miles south of Jacob Lake on Highway 67. (The actual rim of the Grand Canyon with visitor services is an additional 14 miles south of the entrance station.) There is no airport or rail service to the park. (that means that the North Rim village may only be reached by road). More...

North Rim Visitor Center: 36°11'51"N 112°03'09"W

On December 1, 2014, with the closing of Highway 67, the North Rim of the park closed for the winter. The North Rim is scheduled to reopen on May 15, 2015. Hikers and cross country skiers are able to enter the North Rim through the winter months, provided backcountry permits have been obtained. Learn more >


Download the Park Newspaper for the North Rim of Grand Canyon

Park  Newspaper

Download the 2014 Season (English)
May 15 through October 15, 2014.

North Rim Guide (letter-size)
(Prints on 8.5 x 11" pape 1.7 MB PDF File)

North Rim Guide (tabloid size)
(Prints on 11 x 17" paper 2.5 MB PDF File)

Even though the North Rim of the park has closed for the winter, the 2014 edition of the North Rim Guide contains the maps, schedules and information needed to plan your visit in 2015. It is best to reserve lodging and campsites as far ahead as possible.

Download Maps and Trail Guide as one large page 22.5 x 17" (700 kb PDF)

family of 4 with 2 girls in between parents, grand canyon in background

"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 the Traveling Green page for helpful tips on planning your next green adventure.

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

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