There are many ways to experience Grand Canyon.
Individual interests, available time, and the weather can all influence a visit.
Here are some suggestions to assist you in personalizing your experience.
Things To Do
The South Rim and Desert View (Open All Year)
Did you bring your bicycle with you? Read about South Rim bicycling.
Also available are bicycle rentals & guided bicycle tours, weather permitting. Bright Angel Bicycles is located by the Visitor Center. They also operate a coffee bar/café with a "grab & go" menu targeted towards bicyclists and pedestrians.
At Desert View Point,
climb to the top of a 70 ft. tall (21.5 m) stone Watchtower for a panoramic view that extends for more than 100 miles on a clear day. The historic Watchtower is a replica of the prehistoric towers found on the Colorado Plateau and was designed in 1932 by legendary architect, Mary Jane Colter.
is the remains of a small Ancestral Puebloan village located 3 miles (5 km) west of Desert View. Tusayan Museum has exhibits that help bring the pueblo to life. Admission is free. Hours: 9 am to 5 pm. More...
Whitewater and Smoothwater raft trips on the Colorado River
Whitewater trips through Grand Canyon last from 3 days to 21 days and require reservations well in advance. Half-day smoothwater trips from Glen Canyon Dam to Lees Ferry may be arranged by any Lodge in the park transportation from park lodges to the Dam is included.
Visit a Grand Canyon Photo Hot Spot. Lighting is the key to all good photos. When it comes to the Grand Canyon, the lighting is more dramatic during the early morning and the late afternoon. Long shadows bring out depth and texture.
Participate in a Grand Canyon Association Field Institute Learning Adventure
The Grand Association Canyon Field Institute offers guided educational tours led by expert instructors while backpacking, camping, hiking, and whitewater rafting. Topics include geology, history, archaeology, photography, and more.
Journey to Grand Canyon National Park aboard Grand Canyon Railway
From Williams, Arizona (along Interstate 40) the Grand Canyon Railway carries more than 230,000 people by rail to Grand Canyon National Park each year.
The North Rim (has a short season) May 15 through October 15, 2017
The North Rim Visitor Center is located adjacent to the parking lot on Bright Angel Peninsula. This is a great place to start your adventure on the North Rim. Speak with a ranger who will be happy to help with questions you may have about the area. The Visitor Center also features interpretive exhibits, maps, brochures and a bookstore.
Free Interpretive Ranger Programs
are offered daily throughout the season; between May 15th and October 15.
Visit the Park Ranger Program webpage for the current schedule.
Take a day hike through this beautiful scenery. Experience the wild and remote feeling of the North Rim. Solitude can be found hiking the trails, and enjoying an awe-inspiring view. Watch mule deer and turkeys feeding in mountain meadows. Enjoy, discover, and celebrate the unique world of the North Rim.
Tour the North Rim Scenic Drive (photos here)
The North Rim has a short season (May 15 through October 15)
The North Rim Is harder to get to, and is more wild and secluded.
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Last updated: May 14, 2017