Grand Canyon National Park is continuing to evaluate and adapt to changing COVID-19 guidance, and is adjusting operations as needed. The information presented here is primarily to help you plan a visit during 2021.
The information on this page describes a "normal" busy season on the South Rim.
For a detailed list of what is open now, and what remains closed during the COVID-19 Pandemic,Visit this link
Like other national parks, Grand Canyon has seen a dramatic increase in visitation over the last few years. The South Rim experiences crowded conditions during busy periods throughout the year, including spring break, summer, and holiday times during fall and winter. You can expect:
Long entrance station lines,
Long shuttle bus lines,
Limited parking near Grand Canyon Visitor Center,
Large crowds at popular viewpoints.
However, there are ways to navigate and avoid some of this congestion to make the most of your time on the South Rim. Here are some tips:
1) Driving Your Vehicle into the Park?
Plan on Arriving Early — By 9 am — If Possible. Or Later in the Day — After 4 pm
As you drive into the Village area from the South Entrance Station, or from Desert View Drive, (Hwy 64) signs will direct you to the Visitor Center complex (right side of map below)
Arriving early will enable you to find a parking spot by the visitor center and get out walking along the Rim Trail - or riding a free shuttle bus from the visitor center out to scenic overlooks.
2) After 10 am Parking Lots Fill Around the Visitor Center.
When visitor center parking lots 1–4 fill, proceed to village lots A, B, C, or D.
Lots A and B are in the Market Plaza area and are closer to the visitor center.
Lots C and D are in the Village Historic District.
RVs and vehicles with trailers should park in lots B or D. The back section of lot D has dedicated RV and trailer parking. Lots A and C do NOT have room for RVs and trailers. RVs and trailers should NOT pull across multiple regular parking spaces
Village Route (blue) shuttle bus stops are located in or near lots A, B, C, or D.
Rim Trail access is within walking distance of lots A, B, C, or D .
3) Visiting the South Rim with 3 Hours or Less?
Park your car at Grand Canyon Visitor Center or nearby Market Plaza parking lots A or B (depending on the time of day)
Or, ride a shuttle bus to the canyon rim. From the Visitor Center, take the Kaibab Rim (Orange Route) to Yaki Point, away from the Visitor Center congestion.
With limited time, the Kaibab Rim (Orange Route) is the fastest way get from the Visitor Center to exceptional canyon views. Take the eastbound bus to Yaki Point and the South Kaibab Trailhead, or westbound bus to Yavapai Geology Museum.
The East Entrance to the park at Desert View remains Closed (12/1/20)However, you can visit and watch sunset from Grandview, Moran, Lipan, Navajo, or Desert View Point — However you must return to Grand Canyon Village and exit the park through the South Entrance (Tusayan).