Visitors traveling to Grand Canyon National Park can enter/exit the park through the East Entrance at Desert View for wide, expansive views of Grand Canyon and the Colorado River. (Desert View is 23 miles/37 km) from the South Rim Village.
The Desert View Watchtower Gift Shop (Kiva Room) is open daily 9 am to 5 pm: Only the ground level Kiva Room, with large picture windows, is open to the public. The tower itself is closed until further notice.Details >
Services include: Market/Deli, Trading Post with Coffee/Ice Cream, seasonal campground, and a pay-at-the-pump gas station. Details >
Tusayan Pueblo is the remains of a small Ancestral Puebloan village is located 3 miles (5 km) west of Desert View. The archaeological site and self-guiding trail are CLOSED for the season.
Whitewater trips through Grand Canyon last from 3 days to 21 days and require reservations made well in advance, or a noncommercial permit obtained by entering a weighted lottery.
Ride 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.
As an alternative, to driving, it is possible to park in Williams, AZ, 60 miles south of the park, (on Interstate 40), take Grand Canyon Railway, and not have to deal with busy summer traffic and finding a parking place.
The train departs Williams daily at 9:30 am, arrives in Grand Canyon Village at 11:45 am, then departs the village at 3:30 pm, and arrives back in Williams at 5:45 pm.
The North Rim isClosed for the Winter
On Thursday, December 1, State Route 67, and the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park closed to all vehicle traffic for the winter. State Route 67 and all North Rim services are scheduled to re-open for the 2023 season on May 15th, 2023 (subject to change).
The North Rim campground is available for winter camping, with a backcountry permit, for those hiking inner canyon trails from the South Rim — or by those cross-country skiing, snowshoeing or hiking the 45 miles overland from Jacob Lake. How to obtain a Backcountry Permit >
North Rim lodging, camping & all services will be available May 15, through Oct. 15, 2023
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