Staying safe at Grand Canyon National Park starts with you. For emergencies dial 911.


Your Vehicle

  • Bring an extra set of car keys;it could be a long wait for a locksmith.
  • Automobile mechanic available on the South Rim, but only for minor repairs. Towing to the nearest cities, Flagstaff or Williams AZ, for major repairs is likely.
  • Distances are deceiving in this part of the country. It may look like you can visit three parks in one day, but reality is often different.
  • Keep your gas tank full. The next gas station may be quite a distance down the road.
  • Carry water in your car, particularly during summer months.

Winter Driving Conditions

Snow and ice present potemtially hazardous driving conditions and can
temporarily close park roads. Check at visitor centers or call 928-628-7496.
Please slow down and drive carefully while exploring Grand Canyon in winter.



Summer temperatures on the South Rim, at 7000 feet (2135 m), are relatively pleasant with high temperatures generally in the 80s (27-32°C) North Rim summer high temperatures are typically cooler than the South Rim due to increased elevation (8000 feet/ 2440 m), with highs typically ranging in the 70s (21-26°C).

Summer temperatures within Grand Canyon typically warm to over 100 degrees (>38°C) at the river near Phantom Ranch (2400 feet/762m) Summer Hiking Safety...

Summer thunderstorms (July through September) provide beauty, excitement, and much needed water to Grand Canyon, but they also bring risk. Dangerous, potentially deadly, lightning accompanies thunderstorms. Lightning has killed and injured visitors to the park. Learn more about lightning danger...


Winter weather varies greatly and changes suddenly. Be prepared with layered clothing for cold, rain, wind, and snow. Trails and walkways may be icy. Over-the-shoe traction devices recommended for your safety.
Winter visits to Grand Canyon...
Winter hiking safety ...



Use sunblock, stay hydrated, take your time, and rest to reduce the risk of sunburn, dehydration, nausea, shortness of breath, and exhaustion. Elevations are 7,000 feet (2,135 m) on the South Rim and 8,000 feet (2,438 m) on the North Rim. Arizona's dry climate may affect you differently than your home environment.


Seeing Wildlife

While it may seem like a national park is like a zoo or wildlife sanctuary, we’re a whole different animal, and it’s important to get smart if you want to go wild. Keep a long distance from wildlife to maintain the safety of you, your family, and the wildlife you have come to appreciate.
Graphic illustrates with graph and silhouettes, safe animal viewing distance of 50 ft. for small animals, 100 ft for large animals.

How close is too close?

Stay at least 100 feet (30 meters) or about two bus lengths away from elk, deer, bighorn sheep, California Condors, and mountain lions. Keep at least 50 feet (15 meters) or about one bus-length away from other smaller wildlife like squirrels, birds, and reptiles. Stay safe and never assume you are the one that can get away with a close encounter.

What if an animal approaches me?

Wildlife may not know better, but YOU do. Although it may feel flattering, if any kind of wildlife approaches you, back away and maintain that safe distance. It’s your responsibility and your safety —help us keep wildlife wild.

Can I feed the animals?

Feeding animals is prohibited. This is for their safety as well as yours. Wildlife will quickly become persistent pests to you when fed. Even the scent left over in an empty cooler can attract a wild animal.


View Grand Canyon Safely

Stay at least six feet (2 m) from the edge. Hold on to Children. Do no lean over or go past wallk and railings. Always be aware of your surroundings. Do not back up without first looking where you are going.


Never Throw Anything Over the Edge

Never Throw rocks, coins, trash, or anything else over the edge. Objects tossed over the edge or dislodged by walking off trail can injure hikers and wildlife below.

No Collecting

Grand Canyon National Park—a World Heritage Site—belongs to everyone. Please leave everything where you find it; including rocks, plants, firewood, and artifacts.


Last updated: June 21, 2017

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 129
Grand Canyon, AZ 86023



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