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Grand Canyon Visitor Center

  • When CDC Community Level is either low or medium, face masks are not required in either indoor or outdoor locations, or on park shuttle buses. This week's Community Level is posted in an alert at the top of this page.
  • The Visitor Center Building is open daily from 10 am to 4 pm, with and information desk staffed by park rangers.
  • OPEN: Explore exhibits inside the visitor center, including: a large video-enabled relief map, and a Science On a Sphere® program.
  • CLOSED: 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. Movie starts on the hour and half-hour. The theater is temporairly closed for renovation
  • Trip planning, shuttle bus, ranger program schedules, and hiking information are also available through signs and exhibits outside of the building — and at other key locations throughout the park.

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 get your first view of Grand Canyon by taking a short walk to nearby Mather Point.

NOTE: During busy periods, including spring break, summer, and fall holiday weekends, the 4 parking lots (Lots 1-4) around the Visitor Center Plaza fill by 10 am. When Visitor Center lots are full, you can proceed to lots A and B in Market Plaza and C and D in the Village Historic District. Details >

 
Demonstrations take place between 10 am and 4 pm at Grand Canyon Visitor Center. Schedule is subject to change without notice.

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, December 2, 3, and 4, 2022
Aaron White - Navajo Musician

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, December 9, 10, and 11, 2022
Laverine Greyeyes - Navajo Weaver

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, December 16, 17, and 18, 2022
Florence Riggs - Navajo Weaver

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, December 23, 24, and 25, 2022
Gerard Begay - Navajo Weaver

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, December 30, 31, 2022, and January 1, 2023
Dorothy and Emerson Ami - Hopi Potters
 

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    Getting Around the South Rim

    SHUTTLES

    The free shuttle bus system is a great way to get around the park. Many visitors choose to leave their vehicles in one of the 4 parking lots that surround the Visitor Center Plaza, and use the free shuttles to get around.

    Note: When Coconino County is in High COVID-19 Community Levels, masks are required on park shuttle buses. Check the alert at the top of the page for our current status.

     

    DRIVING

    Even though use of the shuttle buses is encouraged in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as well as frustrations in finding parking, private vehicles are allowed in some areas of the park.

    • Grand Canyon Village, 2.5 miles (4 km) is open to private vehicles year-round, although parking is limited during busy seasons. This is the most developed area along the South Rim and includes access to lodges, restaurants, gift shops, campgrounds, parking lots, and more.
    • Desert View Drive, 23 miles (37 km), is open to private vehicles year-round, including access to viewpoints, pull-outs, picnic areas, and the developed Desert View area with a variety of visitor services.
    • Hermit Road, 7 miles (11 km) is only open to private vehicles during winter months, between December 1 and February 28. The road is closed to personal vehicles between March 1 and November 30. The free Hermits Rest Route (Red), shuttle provides easy access to the viewpoints, Hermits Rest, and the Hermit Trail when road restrictions are in place.

    Even though the shuttle bus fleet can accommodate most wheelchairs, accessibility passes are available upon request at park entrance stations and visitor centers. These passes are issued for visitors who would have difficulty using the shuttle system, for example someone confined to a wheelchair, particularly during the busy summer months when shuttles are filled to capacity.

     

    WALKING

    One of the best ways to view the canyon is to take a walk along the rim. The Rim Trail follows the canyon rim for 12 miles (19 km) from Pipe Creek Vista to Hermits Rest. Most of it is paved, with only 3.1 miles (5 km) unpaved between Powell Memorial and Monument Creek Vista along Hermit Road. Use the South Rim Pocket Map to check distances and locations of shuttle stops along the Rim Trail.

    Ranger Suggestion: From Canyon View Information Plaza two great options are available for walking short distances along the Canyon Rim Trail.

    • Walk up to Mather Point and continue east 0.7 miles (1.2 km) to Yavapai Observation Station. The Kaibab (Orange) Route shuttle has a stop here, and it will return you to the Visitor Center, or you can continue walking to the Historic District, an additional 1.3 miles (2.1 km), and pick up the Village (Blue) Route shuttle to return you to the Visitor Center.
    • Use the Kaibab (Orange) Route shuttle to enjoy the views at Yaki Point and Pipe Creek Vista. Instead of re-boarding the bus at Pipe Creek Vista, walk the 1.3 mile (2.1 km) paved trail to Mather Point and the Visitor Center Plaza.
     

    A Commitment to Renewable Energy Sources

    Photovoltaic cells generate a portion of the Visitor Center’s electricity needs. Forty eight solar panels are mounted on the roof of the visitor center and an additional thirty six are mounted on poles outside. A display inside the visitor center discusses the solar panels and displays real-time data on energy produced.

    More on the Greening of Grand Canyon.

     

    Visitor Center - Cultural Demonstrations - December 2022

    Demonstrations take place between 10 am and 4 pm at Grand Canyon Visitor Center. Schedule is subject to change without notice.

    Friday, Saturday, Sunday, December 2, 3, and 4, 2022
    Aaron White - Navajo Musician

    Friday, Saturday, Sunday, December 9, 10, and 11, 2022
    Laverine Greyeyes - Navajo Weaver

    Friday, Saturday, Sunday, December 16, 17, and 18, 2022
    Florence Riggs - Navajo Weaver

    Friday, Saturday, Sunday, December 23, 24, and 25, 2022
    Gerard Begay - Navajo Weaver

    Friday, Saturday, Sunday, December 30, 31, 2022, and January 1, 2023
    Dorothy and Emerson Ami - Hopi Potters

    Last updated: November 21, 2022

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