Visitor Centers, Information and Musuems

Winter Hours
For detailed information scroll down or click on individual links.

Grand Canyon Village (South Rim)
Grand Canyon Visitor Center (Main Parking Area) 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Yavapai Geology Museum 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Verkamp's Visitor Center 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Kolb Studio 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Backcountry Information Center 8:00 am to noon; then, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Desert View
Desert View Watchtower Kiva Shop 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Desert View Watchtower stairs 9:00 am to 4:40 pm
Tusayan Museum & Ruin 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

North Rim
North Rim Visitor Center (Closed for the winter) Reopens May 15, 2016


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

Outside Grand Canyon Visitor Center


Grand Canyon Visitor Center
Winter Hours 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

If you are entering through the South Entrance Station, make the Visitor Center your first stop. You can park your car in one of four parking areas, then to see Grand Canyon, take a short walk (or shuttle bus ride) to nearby Mather Point.

From the Visitor Center, it is also possible to Park-and-Ride, to leave your car and board free shuttle buses and ride around the village and out to scenic overlooks.

At the Visitor Center you can:

  • Find information. Outside exhibits discuss park activities and attractions; hiking, the free shuttle bus system and Park Ranger Programs.
  • Watch Grand Canyon: A Journey of Wonder, a 20 minute movie that takes viewers on a rim to river and dawn to dusk journey through the park. It tells the story of Native American connections, pioneer history, the Colorado River, Grand Canyon geology, and describes efforts to preserve and protect the canyon as a sanctuary for plants, animals, and humans. Movie starts on the hour and half-hour
  • Explore exhibits inside, including: interactive trip planners, a large video enabled relief map, and displays of interesting historic artifacts.
  • Stop at the Visitor Center Store for books and a variety of Grand Canyon gifts Learn more.
  • Rent a bicycle or take a guided bicycle tour, available March through October. Coffee bar and "grab and go" food options available. Learn More...
  • Park-and-Ride Leave your vehicle in one of four parking areas and ride free park shuttle buses around the village and out to scenic overlooks.. Learn More...
yavapi observation station in 1927 view

Yavapai Geology Museum and Observation Station

Yavapai Geology Museum (1928)
Winter Hours: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

  • View expansive vistas through large windows.
  • Discover exhibits about the age of Grand Canyon and how it formed.
  • Attend a ranger program to learn about geology.
  • Touch large relief map of Grand Canyon.
  • Visit the museum shop for books and gifts.
  • Ride the Kaibab Rim Route (orange route) to Grand Canyon Visitor Center and scenic overlooks.
  • Walk east along the Rim Trail to Grand Canyon Village, or west to Mather Point

Verkamp's visitor center

Verkamp's Visitor Center

Verkamp's Visitor Center (1906)
Winter Hours: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

  • Learn the history of the Grand Canyon Community. Exhibits focus on what it is like to live and work on the brink of one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. More...
  • Shop for canyon-related books and gift items
  • Ask Park Rangers and store staff your most pressing questions
  • Walk east to Hopi House/ El Tovar Hotel or west along the Canyon Rim Trail to Yavapai Geology Museum.

view of kolb studio

Kolb Studio on the canyon rim

Kolb Studio (1905)
Winter Hours: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

  • View Grand Canyon history and art exhibits. More...
  • Learn about Emery and Ellsworth Kolb, pioneer photographers and filmmakers at Grand Canyon. More...
  • Walk east through the park's Historic District or west, climbing the Rim Trail to Trailview Overlook.
  • Hike down into Grand Canyon on the Bright Angel Trail.
Backcountry Information Center

Backcountry Information Center

Backcountry Information Center
8:00 am to noon, and, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm(MST)


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 are closed for the winter.
Lodging, restaurants and store are 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 (closed for the winter)
Opens May 15 through October 15, 2016

  • 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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