Grand Canyon National Park is continuing to adapt to changing COVID-19 guidance, and is adjusting operations as needed. There are modifications in place during the spring 2021 season (March 1 through May 28, 2021) Information in this page may or may not reflect current conditions and operations.
Visit this webpage (updated daily) for the current list of what is open and closed, and the hours of operation.
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A Mile-Deep Canyon
The Grand Canyon of the Colorado River is a mile-deep canyon (1.6 km) that bisects the park.
Even though the average distance across the canyon is only 10 miles/ 16 km, it takes 5 hours to drive the 215 miles / 346 km between the park's South Rim Village and the North Rim Village. -
Whether you're planning a single visit or coming back multiple times a year, enjoy the convenience of purchasing a Grand Canyon National Park site-specific digital pass on Recreation.gov before you arrive. You have immediate access to your digital pass and can easily download it on your phone or tablet. Your pass will also be emailed as a PDF and can be printed out for display when you arrive.
Private Vehicle ($35 valid for 7 days) An online pass will admit everyone traveling with you in your car or personal vehicle. Between March 1, and mid-September, It is possible to park in the gateway community of Tusayan, present your digital pass, and your group can ride the free shuttle into the park.
Motorcycle ($30 valid for 7 days)
Individual (bicyclist, hiker, pedestrian) ($20 valid for 7 days)
Annual - Grand Canyon Only ($70)
Bring an extra set of car keys; it could be a long wait for a locksmith.
Film is still available at the South Rim, but the closest camera repair is in Phoenix, AZ .
There is an automobile mechanic on the South Rim, but only for minor repairs. Most likely the car will have to be towed to Flagstaff or Williams, AZ .
Distances are deceiving in this part of the country. It may look like you can visit three parks in one day, but reality is often different.
Keep your gas tank full. The next gas station may be quite a distance down the road.
Carry water in your car, particularly during summer months.
Summer thunderstorms (July - September) provide beauty, excitement, and much needed water to Grand Canyon, but they also bring risk. Dangerous, potentially deadly, lightning accompanies thunderstorms. Lightning has killed and injured visitors to the park. Learn more...
In "More Than A View," Park Ranger Stephanie Sutton invites us to go beyond the rim and explore all that Grand Canyon National Park has to offer; diverse life zones, landforms, and cultural history.
is a great way to help Grand Canyon and other areas you visit reduce carbon emissions, divert and reduce what goes into the waste stream, and to generally help the environment. Go to our Traveling Green page for helpful tips on planning your next green adventure.
Thanks for doing what you can to help protect our environment!