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Due to the coronavirus pandemic, public health measures are in place, including temporary closures and modified operations. View daily updates and current hours of operation >

 
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The National Park Service Mobile App is a great tool for planning your trip, then it can be used as a guide during your visit. You can download the maps and content from Grand Canyon National Park for offline use. It’s especially handy if you’re exploring remote areas or concerned about data limits. Free and available now.

Visit this webpage (updated daily) for the current list of what is open and closed, and the hours of operation.

 
 
Within a vast canyon landscape, colorful cliffs and peaks are becoming engulfed by evening shadows.
View from Powell Point on the South Rim.

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.
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How Do People Get Across Grand Canyon?

There is only one way to cross the Colorado River by automobile, and that is 137 miles / 231 km from the South Rim Village (at Marble Canyon, AZ) via the Navajo Bridge, a few miles downstream from Lees Ferry, where the Canyon is only 400 feet/ 122 m wide.

There is no longer an airstrip on the North Rim of the park. That means that the North Rim village may only be reached by driving all the way around - or by hiking across the canyon.

Grand Canyon National Park Area Map (83kb PDF File)
 
If you are hiking across the canyon, the South Kaibab Trail crosses the Colorado River on a narrow foot bridge 70 feet/ 21 m above the water.

It is a 21 mile/ 34 km hike to go "Rim To Rim," with a vertical descent - followed by a climb - of 1 mile/ 1.6 km. This is an overnight hiking trip for 95% of individuals, and most people really shouldn't attempt it during the hot summer months, when high temperatures often average over 100 F. (38 C)
 

90% of Travelers Visit Grand Canyon National Park's South Rim

South Rim


 

Buy Your Digital Entrance Pass on Recreation.gov

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.

Learn more about your pass options, find the right pass for you, and buy your pass online.

  • Private Vehicle ($35 valid for 7 days) An online pass will admit everyone traveling with you in your car or personal vehicle.
  • Motorcycle ($30 valid for 7 days)
  • Individual (bicyclist, hiker, pedestrian) ($20 valid for 7 days)


Additional ways to purchase a Grand Canyon National Park pass >

 

South Rim Pocket Map and Services Guide

 
a portion of the South Rim Pocket Map that shows Grand Canyon Village with shuttle bus routes as colored lines. on the right; shuttle bus information and schedules. Download the accessible PDF file.
Click anywhere in the photo to download the South Rim Pocket Map. Map shows services, facilities, shuttle bus routes, and scenic viewpoints. You will receive a paper copy of the map when you enter the park.
 

North Rim

 

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

  • North Rim facilities and lodging are usually open May 15 through October 15 each year
  • Lodging and camping 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.
  • The North Rim is closed to all vehicles between December 1st and May 15th, and no visitor services are available.
  • Detailed North Rim Information and Video
 

North Rim Pocket Map and Services Guide

 
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Click on the graphic above to download the North Rim Pocket Map and Services Guide.
 
Hikers descending South Kaibab Trail
Hikers Descending South Kaibab Trail

The Inner Canyon


There are many opportunities here for adventurous and hardy persons to backpack, camp, take a mule trip to Phantom Ranch, or take a river trip through Grand Canyon on the Colorado River. River Trips can last anywhere from several days to three weeks. There are no one-day river trips through the length of Grand Canyon.

Trail Courtesy Practices that Leave No Trace With so many of us participating in a wide range of trail activities, it really helps when we are considerate of each other. Trail Courtesy Guidelines help protect Grand Canyon's plants, animals and history, and enhance everyone's experience.

 

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...


 
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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.

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

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

 
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.

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Last updated: May 19, 2022

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