South Rim - Open All Year
Grand Canyon Village is the center of activity and the transportation hub for the South Rim of the park. The village is the only place where the railroad reaches the rim of Grand Canyon.
South Rim - Grand Canyon Village has 3 "Zones" or Districts
Three South Rim shuttle bus routes are in operation this fall.
South Rim - Desert View
Desert View is a small settlement on the South Rim located 23 miles/ 37 km east of Grand Canyon Village, near the eastern edge of Grand Canyon. Arizona State Route 64, Also known as Desert View Drive, is a scenic road that connects Desert View with Grand Canyon Village.
During winter months, the North Rim is closed by snow.
A worthwhile trip for those who enjoy the road less traveled, the North Rim, or "other side" of the Grand Canyon is visited by only 10% of all Grand Canyon visitors. There is one lodge, Grand Canyon Lodge (managed by Aramark Destinations) and one campground on the North Rim operated by the NPS.
The hike across the canyon from South Rim to North Rim is 21 miles (34 km). However, traveling from the South Rim to the North Rim by automobile requires a five-hour drive of 220 miles (354 km). Driving directions to the North Rim.
Tuweep is also located on the north side of Grand Canyon. The view from Toroweap Overlook, 3,000 vertical feet (914 meters) above the Colorado River, is a breathtaking sheer drop.
Day permits or backcountry permits are now required.and a park pass - with a photo ID.
Last updated: October 16, 2023