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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)

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


Buy Your Digital Entrance Pass on

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 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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Viewing Grand Canyon from Mather Point on the South Rim

First-time to Visit?

Read this introduction

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South Rim
North Rim (CLOSED for the WINTER - opens 5/15/21)
Grand Canyon Skywalk

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LodgingCamping Backcountry HikingBoating


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Visitors boarding free park shuttle bus

Directions & Transportation

Park Maps
Trip Planner - available in 8 languages

Directions to the South Rim

South Rim Parking and Free Shuttle Buses

Directions to the North Rim CLOSED for the WINTER

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Bright Angel Lodge on the South Rim

Eating & Sleeping

Restaurants & Groceries

Camping Overview

South Rim Camping

North Rim Camping (CLOSED for the Winter)

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Desert View Watchtower on the east side of the park

Places To Go

South Rim Village
Hermit Road Scenic Drive

Desert View Drive (State Route 64)
Desert View

North Rim (CLOSED for the Winter)
Remote Tuweep

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Experiencing sunset from Hopi Point on the South Rim

Things To Do

Ranger Programs No Ranger Programs at this time

Visitor Centers

HikingMule TripsWhitewater Rafting
BicyclingGuided Tours

Special Events
Sunrise and Sunset Times


An Introduction to Grand Canyon National Park

  • Around 5.5 million people each year see the 1 mile deep (1.6 km) Grand Canyon each year.
  • The canyon is 277 river miles (446km) long, and up to 18 miles (29km) wide.
  • Most visitors (90%) see Grand Canyon from the "South Rim" from overlooks accessed by free park shuttle buses or by their personal vehicles.
  • The South Rim is open all year.
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CA condor courtesy of Steve Mull

A much smaller number of people (10%) see the canyon from the North Rim of the park, which lies just 10 miles (16 km) across the canyon from the South Rim, (as the California condor flies) but is a 220 mile/ 354 km drive by car. The North Rim has a short season. Lodging and food services are open between May 15th and October 15th of each year.

Download our Trip Planning "Newspaper" as a PDF file here. (Includes information and maps for both rims and the inner canyon.) Available in 7 additional languages here.

View of Grand Canyon from Mather Point on the South Rim.
View from Mather Point on the South Rim.

The South Rim

The South Rim is the most visited part of the park and it is open all year.

Elevations average 7000 feet (2134 m) above sea level.
Driving Directions to the South Rim

The South Rim includes:

The South Rim is open all year. -- South Rim Pocket Map and Services Guide---


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View from Grand Canyon Lodge (North Rim)

NPS/Jessica Pope

North Rim CLOSED for Winter

Averaging 8000 feet (2438 m) above sea level, the North Rim rises 1000 feet (305 m) higher than the South Rim, and because of its remote location, is less accessible. The North Rim has a short season; facilities, lodging and restaurants, are open May 15 through October 15, of each year.

During winter months, all roads are closed due to snow. However, hikers and cross country skiers are able to enter the North Rim with a valid backcountry permit.

Detailed information for visiting the North Rim during 2021: Lodging >
Restaurants > Campground > Overview >

Driving Directions to the North Rim >

Grand Canyon Lodge on the North Rim
Even in good weather the North Rim is harder to get to. It is 220 miles (354 km) by car from the South Rim, or 21 miles (34 km) by foot across the canyon by way of the North and South Kaibab Trails.

North Rim Pocket Map and Services Guide. --North

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.


How Do People Get Across Grand Canyon?

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Grand Canyon Area Map
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)
Kaibab Suspension Bridge crossing the Colorado River above Phantom Ranch
Colorado River footbridge.
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)
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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.

Visiting Grand Canyon with your pet ? Things you should know...
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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. Visit our 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: April 15, 2021

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Grand Canyon, AZ 86023



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