Where is the Grand Canyon?
Grand Canyon is in the northwest corner of Arizona, close to the borders of Utah and Nevada.
Why is the park separated into
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 215 miles/ 346 km between the park's South Rim Village and the North Rim Village.
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.
Download this season's Park Newspaper for the South Rim of Grand Canyon
Download the 2013 Spring (English)
Visitor Lodging and Food Service is available from mid-May through mid-October.
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.) 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
Download the Park Newspaper for the North Rim of Grand Canyon
North Rim Guide (letter-size)
(Prints on 8.5 x 11" paper 3 MB PDF File)
North Rim Guide (tabloid size)
(Prints on 11 x 17" paper 2.5 MB PDF File)
The 2013 season edition of the North Rim Guide contains the maps, schedules and information needed to plan your visit.
North Rim lodging and camping along with most other visitor services within the park are open from mid-May to mid-October. It is best to reserve lodging and campsites as far ahead as possible.
Download the maps/trail guide as one large page 22.5 x 17"
(660 kb PDF file)
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Did You Know?
From Yavapai Point on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, the drop to the Colorado River below is 4,600 feet (1,400 m). The elevation at river level is 2,450 feet (750 m) above sea level. Without the Colorado River, a perennial river in a desert environment, the Grand Canyon would not exist.