Operating Hours & Seasons

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.
 
on the left, rustic stone observation building. to the right, a complex landscape of colorful pinnacles and peaks within Grand Canyon
Lookout Studio in Grand Canyon Village on the South Rim of the park.
 

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South Rim: (Open Year-round)

For the list of what is currently open due to the COVID-19 Pandemic Follow this link > (Updated daily)

The South Rim of the park is usually open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The South Rim includes Grand Canyon Village and Desert View. All services are available year-round. Reservations are strongly recommended during spring, summer and fall. Some facilities close during winter months.

Follow links to obtain operating hours and information for:

 

South Rim Shuttle Bus Service During Spring Season

Spring Season 2021 is from March 1, throuogh May 28.

Because of Covid-19 mitigation measures, the three routes that are in operation will transport you away from congested areas
to less busy scenic locations. All shuttle bus services are subject to change and may be suspended on short notice due to public health concerns or inclement weather. Visitors should consider alternative means of transportation if traveling to the South Rim during spring.

Shuttle Bus Routes in Operation

  • The Hikers' Express Shuttle runs at 6, 7 and 8 am during March and April — then, 5, 6, and 7 am during May. Note: during this time the Hikers' Express shuttle runs directly from the Backcountry Office to the South Kaibab Trailhead. No other stops are made along the Hikers' Express Route.
  • The Eastbound Kaibab Rim (Orange Route) begins service at 4:30 am each day. Buses arrive at designated stops every 15-30 minutes. The Eastbound Kaibab (Orange Route) shuttle will run until one hour after sunset, with service to South Kaibab Trailhead, Yaki Point, and Pipe Creek Overlook. Note: the Kaibab Rim Route, Westbound to Yavapai Geology Museum, is not in operation during spring (March 1 through May 28, 2021)
  • The Hermit Road (Red Route) begins service at 4:30 am each day. Buses arrive at designated stops every 15-30 minutes. The Hermit Road Route will run until one hour after sunset.

Shuttle Bus Routes Not in Operation

Not in operation this spring, these routes are usually "standing room only" and are not able to meet Covid-19 safety requirements.

  • The Village (Blue Route) CLOSED
    The Village Route is not in operation during spring (March 1 through May 28, 2021) There is no shuttle bus service between Grand Canyon Visitor Center and Grand Canyon Village. If you walk along the Rim Trail between the Visitor Center and the Village, you will need to walk back to your starting point.

  • Westbound Kaibab Rim (Orange Route) CLOSED
    The westbound portion of the Orange Route between the Visitor Center and Yavapai Geology Museum is not in operation. If you walk along the Rim Trail between the Visitor Center and Yavapai Geology Museum, you will need to walk back to your starting point.

  • Tusayan (Purple Route) CLOSED
    The Tusayan Route with service between Grand Canyon Visitor Center and the gateway community of Tusayan is not in operation. it is scheduled to resume during Summer, 2021.

 

 

The North Rim is Closed for the Winter

The information on this page will help you to plan for the 2021 Season on the North Rim, May 15, through October 15, 2021.

Grand Canyon National Park is continuing to evaluate and adapt to changing COVID-19 guidance, and is adjusting operations as needed.

Visit this web page for a list of what is currently open, and for park-wide updates >


Follow links to obtain operating hours and information for:

Reservations for North Rim Lodging are strongly recommended.

North Rim roads are closed to all vehicles between December 1st and May 15th, and no visitor services are available.

 

 

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.
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  • Private Vehicle ($35 valid for 7 days)
  • Motorcycle ($30 valid for 7 days)
  • Individual (bicyclist, hiker, pedestrian) ($20 valid for 7 days)
  • Annual - Grand Canyon Only ($70)
Additional ways to purchase a Grand Canyon National Park entrance pass >

Last updated: April 8, 2021

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 129
Grand Canyon, AZ 86023

Phone:

928-638-7888

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