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The South Rim: Open All Year

The South Rim is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. All visitor services: camping, lodging, and restaurants are available year round. Reservations are strongly recommended during spring, summer and fall. Some facilities close during the winter.

A free shuttle bus system operates in the Grand Canyon Village area. Make your visit easier by parking your car at the Visitor Center and using the free shuttle buses to get around the village.
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Park Newspaper

Download the 2014 Autumn (English)
September 2 - November 30, 2014
Autumn South Rim Guide (letter-size)
(Prints on 8.5 x 11" paper 3.5 MB PDF File)

Autumn South Rim Guide (tabloid size)
(Prints on 11 x 17" paper 1.8 MB PDF File)

Contains maps, schedules and information.

South Rim lodging and camping along with most other visitor services within the park are open all year.

Reserve lodging and campsites as far ahead as possible, especially during busy summer and fall months.

Download Autumn South Rim Village Shuttle Bus/ Parking Map
as one large page 22.5 x 17" (1.45 MB PDF file)

The average distance across the canyon "as the condor flies" is ten miles (16 km). However, traveling from the North Rim to the South Rim requires a five-hour drive of 215 miles (345 km).

The North Rim Has a Short Season

Lodging, food services and general store within the park are open from: May 15th through October 15th each year.

During the season, North Rim Campground sites may be booked through Recreation.gov. Reservations for Lodging and Camping are strongly recommended.

During the season, additional facilities are available in the surrounding Kaibab National Forest, the Kaibab Lodge area 18 miles (29 km) north of the park on Highway 67 and at Jacob Lake, 45 miles (72 km), north of the park at the junction of highways 67 and 89A.

North Rim Off-season:
After October 15, there is a period when the North Rim is open for day use - through December 1, or until snow closes Highway 67. Limited facilities are available during the North Rim's off-season.

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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 2014 season is ending, and North Rim lodging and food service have 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)


Did You Know?


During the summer months temperatures within the Grand Canyon are extremely high. Plan your day so you are not hiking between the hours of 10am and 4pm. Take a break near shade and water to avoid the worst heat of day. Enjoy a predawn start and a late afternoon finish. More...