Grand Canyon National Park is continuing to evaluate and adapt to changing COVID-19 guidance, and is adjusting operations as needed.
South Rim (Open All Year)
Walk the Trail of Time
between Yavapai Museum of Geology and Verkamps Visitor Center 1.2 miles (2 km) along the canyon rim. View photos here.
The path contains information about the canyon's geologic history, as well as samples from each rock layer within Grand Canyon. More >
Learn about Grand Canyon Geology >
Capture Grand Canyon in Photos
Taking photos is a great way to make your Grand Canyon trip last. Whether you share them on social media or compile them in a scrapbook, having great photos of your adventure is the best souvenir. Visit the link for some suggestions about the best times of day to shoot and, insider information about popular photo hot spots.
Capture Grand Canyon in Photos
How to View and Photograph Wildlife
Did You Bring Your Bicycle?
Learn about bicycling on the South Rim
Also available are bicycle rentals & guided bicycle tours, weather permitting. Bright Angel Bicycles is located by the Visitor Center.
Bright Angel Bicycles also operate a coffee bar/café with a "grab & go" menu targeted towards bicyclists and pedestrians.
are offered year round on the South Rim.
More about South Rim Mule Trips
Desert View Drive
Visitors traveling to Grand Canyon National Park can enter and exit the park through the East Entrance at Desert View.
(Also known as the West Rim Drive)
There are several museums and information centers that house exhibits and provide park information. Some of them are open:
Guided Learning Adventures
Due to restrictions in park operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, GCC Field Institute courses are suspended until further notice. If you’d like to be notified when their new schedule becomes available, visit: Grand Canyon Conservancy Field Institute.
Raft Trips on the Colorado River
Half-day and all-day smooth water trips from Glen Canyon Dam to Lees Ferry may be arranged by any lodge within the park.
Park Ranger Programs Suspended
Learn more about Grand Canyon nature, science, history and culture.
Park Film Temporarily Closed
Note: on March 13, 2020 the Visitor Center Theater closed because of concerns about COVID-19.
Visitors traveling to Grand Canyon National Park can enter the park through the East Entrance at Desert View.
Desert View Watchtower Retail Store (Kiva Room) is open 9 am - 5 pm (Fridays through Mondays). Only the ground level retail location is open to the public. The tower itself remains closed until further notice. Details >
The historic Watchtower is a replica of prehistoric towers found on the Colorado Plateau, and was designed in 1932 by Mary Colter.
Tusayan Pueblo/Museum are Closed
The remains of a small Ancestral Puebloan village is located 3 miles (5 km) west of Desert View.
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.
North Rim lodging & visitor services are usually available May 15, through Oct. 15
The North Rim is Open for the Season
North Rim Day Hiking
During the season, take a day hike through this beautiful scenery.
Tour North Rim Scenic Drives (photos)
During the season, Point Imperial and Cape Royal are reached via a winding scenic drive.
Is located adjacent to the parking lot on Bright Angel Peninsula. Open May 15 through October 15, 2021.
Thanks for doing what you can to help protect our environment!
Last updated: May 29, 2021