Basic Information

20 South Entrance Road
Grand Canyon, AZ 86023

South Rim: Open all year, is located 60 miles north of Williams, Arizona (via route 64 from Interstate 40) and 80 miles northwest of Flagstaff (via route 180). Grand Canyon lies entirely within the state of Arizona. North Rim: located 30 miles south of Jacob Lake on Highway 67; the actual rim of the canyon is an additional 14 miles south. Jacob Lake, AZ is located in northern Arizona on Highway 89A, not far from the Utah border.

North Rim

The North Rim is closed October 15 through May 15 annually.

Standard Hours

  • Sunday: Open 24 hours
  • Monday: Open 24 hours
  • Tuesday: Open 24 hours
  • Wednesday: Open 24 hours
  • Thursday: Open 24 hours
  • Friday: Open 24 hours
  • Saturday: Open 24 hours

Additional Information

South Rim

The South Rim is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Standard Hours

  • Sunday: Open 24 hours
  • Monday: Open 24 hours
  • Tuesday: Open 24 hours
  • Wednesday: Open 24 hours
  • Thursday: Open 24 hours
  • Friday: Open 24 hours
  • Saturday: Open 24 hours

This weather varies with cold winters and mild pleasant summers, moderate humidity, and considerable diurnal temperature changes at the higher elevations, with hot and drier summers at the bottom of the Grand Canyon along with cool damp winters. Summer thunderstorms and winter snowfall adds to the weather variety in this region.

Entrance Fees:

Grand Canyon National Park Vehicle Permit - $30.00

Admits one single, private, non-commercial vehicle and all its passengers. Organized groups are not eligible for the vehicle permit.

Grand Canyon National Park Motorcycle Permit - $25.00

Admits one single, private, non-commercial motorcycle and its passenger(s).

Grand Canyon National Park Individual Permit - $15.00

Admits one individual when entering by foot, bicycle, park shuttle bus, Grand Canyon Railway and private rafting trip. Individuals 15 years old and younger are admitted free of charge.

Entrance Passes:

Grand Canyon National Park Annual Pass - $60.00

Valid for twelve months from the date of purchase, for unlimited visits to Grand Canyon National Park. It admits the purchaser and any accompanying persons in a single, private, non-commercial vehicle, or the purchaser and accompanying immediate family (spouse, children, parents) when entry is by other means (train, shuttle, bicycle, and foot).

Grand Canyon Visitor Center

Grand Canyon Visitor Center is close to Mather Point, where most visitors park and get their first look at Grand Canyon. Four large parking areas are located here as well as the transit center for the park's free shuttle buses.

North Rim Visitor Center

The North Rim Visitor Center is located within the Grand Canyon Lodge complex, adjacent to the main parking area for Grand Canyon Lodge. The visitor center and the lodge are located at the southern terminus of Arizona Highway 67, near the canyon rim.

 
View northwest across the Grand Canyon

A Mile-Deep Canyon (1.6 km)

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.

More about South Rim -- More about North Rim


 
Graphic shows cover of Grand Canyon Trip Planner showing Grand Canyon at sunset.

Trip Planner English (2 MB PDF)
Backcountry Trip Planning Included - A Handy Source of Information/ Maps

How will you experience the canyon ?
Read our Trip Planner before you visit the park. Contains useful information and essential maps. (both North & South Rims)


This PDF "newspaper" contains active links that can connect you to more detailed information. The Trip Planner is formatted to print on standard letter-size paper.


TRIP PLANNER TRANSLATIONS are available in seven languages.
and may be downloaded here

 

Most People Visit

Grand Canyon National Park's South Rim

  • The South Rim is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
    All visitor services: camping, lodging, and food are available year round.

  • Reservations are strongly recommended during spring, summer and fall.
    Make South Rim Lodging Reservations here -- Make South Rim Campground Reservations here

  • Because the South Rim is easier to get to, day-use visitors should expect
    traffic congestion and parking problems, particularly in summer.

  • The least crowded time is November through February. However, winter weather is a major consideration when planning a trip during these months.

  • A free shuttle bus system operates in the Grand Canyon Village area. Make your visit easier and save fuel by parking your car and using the shuttle to get around.

  • The South Rim of Grand Canyon averages 7000 feet/2134 m above sea level.
    Visitors with respiratory or heart problems may experience difficulties.
    Walking at this elevation can be strenuous.

 
graphic shows front and back sides of South Rim pocket map. Text reads: Download South Rim Pocket Map: Services, facilities and viewpoints inside the park.
Click anywhere in the photo to download the South Rim Pocket Map.
 
visitors boarding the Village Loop Shuttle Bus at dusk.
Visitors who have parked at the South Rim Visitor Center board free shuttle buses to access village facilities and canyon overlooks.

Quick links to information about:

 

 

The North Rim
The North Rim has opened for the 2017 season.

The North Rim has a short season, is harder to get to, and is more wild and secluded.

  • North Rim facilities and lodging are open May 15 through October 15, each year
  • Reservations are strongly recommended.
    North Rim Lodging reservations. -- North Rim Campground reservations. -- Driving Directions
    Additional facilities are available in the surrounding Kaibab National Forest, the Kaibab Lodge area, and Jacob Lake.
  • The North Rim is over 8000 feet/2438 m. in elevation.
    Visitors with respiratory or heart problems may experience difficulties. Walking at this elevation can be strenuous.
  • Additional North Rim Information and video.
  • Winter visits to the North Rim :
    There is a day use period - with limited services - beginning after the lodge closes on October 15 and lasting until December 1st, or when snow closes highway 67, whichever happens first.

    Even though it is not possible to drive vehicles to the North Rim during the winter, hikers, snowshoers and cross country skiers are able to enter the North Rim of the park through the winter months, provided backcountry permits have been obtained. Personal snowmobiles are not permitted inside the park. The North Rim reopens on May 15 of every year.

 
north rim pocket map graphic
Click on the graphic above to download the North Rim Pocket Map and Services Guide.
 

Safety Message: Grand Canyon is in a Remote Part of the Country:

  • 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.

Lightning Danger
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...


 
family of 4 with 2 girls in between parents, grand canyon in background

"Traveling Green"
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 the Traveling Green page for helpful tips on planning your next green adventure.

Thanks for doing what you can to help protect our environment!

 

 
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Last updated: June 6, 2017

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 129
Grand Canyon, AZ 86023

Phone:

(928) 638-7888

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