THINGS TO DO
WELCOME CENTER: Free. Pick up a park map at the Welcome Center which features a park store. Welcome Center and parking lot gates open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.
SCENIC DRIVES: Free. Drive the two paved rim drives to the overlooks which provide excellent views of the canyon below. Allow 2 hours to visit 3 overlooks on the North Rim Drive which are best for morning photos. Allow 2 hours to visit 6 overlooks on the South Rim Drive which are best for afternoon photos. Overlooks open year round.
SELF GUIDED HIKE: Closed until further notice. Currently, the White House Overlook and Trail are closed due to safety and law enforcement concerns.
RANGER LED PROGRAMS: Free. Enjoy a Ranger Program including hikes and talks starting from Memorial Day. Check at the Welcome Center for current activity schedule.
CANYON TOURS: Fees required. Contact a private company for a tour into the canyon by hiking, horseback or vehicle. Tours require a backcountry permit and hiring an authorized guide. No pets allowed on tours.
CAMPING: Fee required. Camp at the Cottonwood Campground with sites available first-come, first-serve. No showers or hookups. Call the Navajo Parks and Recreation Department at 928-674-2106 for details.
SUGGESTIONS IF YOU HAVE
2 Hours - Visit all 6 overlooks on South Rim Drive OR all 3 overlooks on North Rim Drive.
1/2 Day - Visit all 9 overlooks on South and North Rim Drive OR take a half day canyon tour.
1 Day - Visit all 9 overlooks on South and North Rim Drives PLUS take a half day canyon tour OR join an all-day canyon tour.
2 Days - Visit all 9 overlooks on South and North Rim Drives PLUS join an all-day guided tour and visit our sister parks nearby at Navajo National Monument or Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site.
Last updated: February 13, 2023