The South Rim’s South Entrance is now open 24 hours/day. Overnight accomodations, and some visitor services are available. More
Desert View and the East Entrance remain closed because of COVID-19 lockdowns on the neighboring Navajo Nation. You must enter and exit the park through the South Entrance. (Tusayan)
The North Rim is open for day use during 4th of July Weekend. Lodging for overnight guests becomes available on Monday, July 6. Details
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Taking a walk in the South Rim Historic District.
Ways to Experience Grand Canyon
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can all influence a visit.
Here are some suggestions to assist you in personalizing your experience.
Choose Your Destination: -- South Rim --- North Rim
The South Rim and Desert View (Open All Year)
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?
bicycling on the South Rim
Also available are
guided bicycle tours
, weather permitting. Bright Angel Bicycles is located by the Visitor Center.
(Closed Temporarily - 6/29/20)
Bright Angel Bicycles also operate a
with a "grab & go" menu targeted towards bicyclists and pedestrians.
(Closed temporarily - 6/29/20)
are offered year round on the South Rim.
is a 3 hour trip that travels along the canyon rim. The Canyon Vistas Ride
go to the bottom of the canyon and stay at Phantom Ranch. Overnight Rides
More about South Rim Mule Trips
Desert View Drive
(State Route 64 -
once known as East Rim Drive)
This 25 mile road, leaves Grand Canyon Village, then travels east 25 miles (42 km) to Desert View.
You can drive as far as Navajo Point, where there is a turn-around because Desert View and the East Entrance to the park remain closed at this time due to Covid-19 concerns (7/3/2020)
Touring Desert View Drive in your vehicle
(Once known as West Rim Drive)
During the summer, Hermit Road is closed to private vehicles. However, the main road, and the designated greenway trail is open to travel by foot or bicycle.
During December, January, and February, Hermit Road is open to private vehicles.
The free shuttle bus service, usually available on Hermit Road - has been temporarily suspended due to COVID-19 concerns.
More about walking or bicycling Scenic Hermit Road
Tusayan Ruin is Closed at this Time 5/29/2020
The remains of a small Ancestral Puebloan village located 3 miles (5 km) west of Desert View.
has exhibits that help bring the pueblo to life. Admission is free. Hours: 9 am to 5 pm. There are also ranger-led tours of the ruins daily
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.
North Rim lodging and visitor services usually available from May 15, through Oct. 15
North Rim Day Hiking
During the season, take a
through this beautiful scenery. day hike
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 North Rim Scenic Drives (photos)
During the season, Point Imperial and Cape Royal are reached via a winding scenic drive.
Driving to both points, with short walks, and several stops at pullouts along the way, can take 4 to 5 hours.
Point Imperial is 11 miles/ 18km - 20 min. one way.
Cape Royal is 23 miles/ 37km - 45 min. one way.
May 15 through October 15, of each year.
Grand Canyon rim. One Hour Ride to Uncle Jim Point 1/2 Day Trip
to Supai Tunnel on the North Kaibab Trail Inner-Canyon 1/2 Day Trip More..
Is located adjacent to the parking lot on Bright Angel Peninsula. Open May 15 through October 15, 2020.
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.
North Rim Ranger Programs Suspended
Interpretive programs are free and will be offered daily throughout the 2020 season; between May 15th and October 15th.
is a great way to help Grand Canyon and other areas you visit reduce carbon emissions, divert and reduce what goes into the waste stream, and to generally help the environment. Go to the page for helpful tips on planning your next green adventure. Traveling Green
for doing what you can to help protect our environment! Thanks