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)
Buy Your Digital Entrance Pass on Recreation.govWhether 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.
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An Introduction to Grand Canyon National Park
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.
The South Rim
The South Rim is the most visited part of the park and it is open all year.
The South Rim is open all year. -- South Rim Pocket Map and Services Guide---
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.
The Inner 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?
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)
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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...
Traveling Greenis 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!
Last updated: April 15, 2021