Plan Your Visit
No matter what the season, visits to Grand Canyon National Park require planning and preparation. This "Plan Your Visit" section has helpful tips about:
Introduction - South Rim
Nearly five million people see the 1 mile deep (1.6 km) Grand Canyon each year.
California condor courtesy of Steve Mull
A much smaller number of people (10%) see the Canyon from the
North Rim of the park, which lies just 10 miles / 16 km across the canyon from the South Rim, (as the California condor flies) but is a 220 mile/ 354 km drive by car - all the way around the canyon.
NPS photo by Jessica Pope
The North Rim
NPS photo by Michael Quinn
The Inner Canyon
With so many of us participating in a wide range of trail activities, it really helps when we are considerate of each other. Trail Courtesy Guidelines help protect Grand Canyon's plants, animals and history, and enhance everyone's experience.
How Do People Get Across Grand Canyon?
Navajo Bridge, a few miles downstream from Lees Ferry, where the Canyon is only 400 feet/ 122 m wide.
There is no longer an airstrip on the North Rim of the park. That means that the North Rim village may only be reached by driving all the way around - or by hiking across the canyon.
Click on the map to download the
Grand Canyon National Park Area Map (83kb PDF File)
If you are hiking across the canyon, the South Kaibab Trail crosses the Colorado River on a narrow foot bridge 70 feet/ 21 m above the water.
The Park's Seasonal Newspapers
Download the 2015 Autumn (English)
May 15 through October 15, 2015.
North Rim Guide (letter-size)
Pages split to print on 8.5 x 11" paper.
(4.3 MB PDF File)
North Rim Guide (tabloid size)
Prints on 11 x 17" paper
(2.2 MB PDF File)
The 2015 edition of the North Rim Guide contains the maps, schedules and information needed to plan your visit.
The North Rim has a short season, so 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" (467 kb PDF)
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