Visitor Centers

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The South Rim and Desert View
Open year-round
Grand Canyon Visitor Center

Outside Grand Canyon Visitor Center


The Grand Canyon Visitor Center

  • Find information outside about hiking, Park Ranger Programs, shuttle bus information, and safety.
  • Stop at the Visitor Center Book store Learn more..
  • Explore inside with interactive trip planners, The Canyon World, a 15 minute film showcasing the formation of Grand Canyon, relief maps with videos featuring different parts of the canyon items from the park's museum collection.
  • Watch Grand Canyon: A Journey of Wonder, a 20 minute movie about what Grand Canyon has to offer.
  • Rent a bicycle or take a guided tour, available March through October. Coffee and food options available. Learn More...
  • View Mather Point—a spectacular view of Grand Canyon—either by a short walk or a quick shuttle bus ride.
  • Park your vehicle at the and leave the driving to experienced shuttle bus drivers. Learn More...
yavapi observation station in 1927 view

Yavapai Geology Museum and Observation Station

Yavapai Geology Museum
  • View expansive vistas inside a historic building.
  • Discover the age of Grand Canyon and how it formed.
  • Attend a ranger program to learn about geology.
  • Touch maps of Grand Canyon.
  • Visit the bookstore Learn More...
  • Ride the Kaibab Rim Route (orange route) from Grand Canyon Visitor Center.
  • Walk east along the Rim Trail to Grand Canyon Village.

Verkamp's visitor center

Verkamp's Visitor Center

Verkamp's Visitor Center
  • Learn about the history of Grand Canyon as a community Learn More...
  • Ask Park Park Rangers and staff your most pressing questions
  • Travel east to El Tovar Hotel or Hopi House or west along the Rim Trail

view of kolb studio

Kolb Studio on the canyon rim

Kolb Studio
  • Learn about Emery and Ellsworth Kolb, pioneering photographers and filmmakers at Grand Canyon. More...
  • Travel east to Bright Angel Lodge or west along the Rim Trail along Hermits Rest Road.
  • Hike into Grand Canyon along the Bright Angel Trail.
  • View Grand Canyon art and history exhibits. More...

Backcountry Information Center

Backcountry Information Center

Backcountry Information Center

  • Ride the Village Route (blue route) to get here.
  • Obtain backcountry information and permits. Learn More...


Desert View
Located 25 miles (40 km) from Grand Canyon Village
Open year-round
Desert View Point

Desert View Point

NPS: Kristen M. Caldon

Desert View Watchtower

Desert View Watchtower

Desert View Watchtower

  • View Grand Canyon from 70 feet in the air. Watch Video...
  • Climb the three stories and see artwork on the walls from artist Fred Kabotie.
  • Learn about the architect of the building, Mary Colter, and her amazing sense of style Learn More...
  • Find the Colorado River turning north and the Painted Desert extending toward the Navaho and Hopi Indian reservations.
  • Visit the bookstore. Learn More...

Tusayan Museum at Desert View

Tusayan Museum

Tusayan Museum and Ruin
Located 3 miles west of Desert View Watchtower

  • Visit and glimpse Puebloan Indian life some 800 years ago.
  • View 2,000–4,000 year old artifacts. Learn more...

Ruin of Tusayan Pueblo

Tusayan Ruin

  • Explore an 800-year-old ruin, a home to Ancestral Puebloans.
  • Attend a daily ranger-led ruin tours.
  • Download the Tusayan Museum Trail Guide (821kb PDF file)


North Rim
Lodging, restaurants and store have closed for the winter.
Lodging, restaurants and store open May 15 through October 15
Visitors viewing Grand Canyon from the patio of the North Rim Lodge.

North Rim Lodge patio

The entrance to the North Rim Visitor Center and bookstore.

The North Rim Visitor Center

The North Rim Visitor Center
Open May 15–October 15

  • Speak to a park ranger and plan your visit.
  • Walk a short distance to Bright Angel Point.
  • Experience the sunset on the North Rim Lodge patio, just a short walk away
  • Learn about park and regional information, maps, brochures, exhibits, and a bookstore.
  • Attend a park ranger program.
  • Download the North Rim Map (289kb PDF File).
The Grand Canyon Association, a non-profit park partner since 1932, operates bookstores throughout the park, where your tax-free purchases help support programs and research projects in Grand Canyon National Park.

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