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Grand Canyon National Park is continuing to evaluate and adapt to changing COVID-19 guidance, and is adjusting operations as needed.

Here's the current list of what is open, along with hours of operation >

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Touring Desert View Drive, the only South Rim scenic road that is open to private vehicles all year.

Ways to Experience Grand Canyon

Individual interests, available time, and the weather can all influence a visit.

Below are suggestions to assist you in personalizing your experience.

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South Rim (Open All Year)

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Park Ranger Programs

Learn more about Grand Canyon nature, science, history and culture.

Learn how youth can become Grand Canyon's Junior Rangers >

4th graders and their families can see America's natural wonders and historic sites for free through the Every Kid Outdoors Program >

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Visitor Centers

Grand Canyon South Rim Visitor Center & Theater Building - CLOSED
Outside, an information table is staffed by rangers: 9 am - 4 pm Thursday through Monday (Closed Tuesday and Wednesday).

In addition, there are several additional museums and contact centers that feature exhibits and provide park information. Some of them are open:

Learn more about South Rim visitor contact centers >

Learn about South Rim bookstores and gift shops >

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Park Theater CLOSED

Note: on March 13, 2020 the Visitor Center Theater closed because of concerns about COVID-19.

At this time the Visitor Center building remains closed. (8/15/2021)
An information table outside is staffed by rangers: 8 am - 5 pm daily.

The park film, Grand Canyon: A Journey of Wonder, was shown daily in the theater on the hour and half-hour. (The film is 20 minutes long).

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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 >

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Walking or Hiking

The Canyon Rim Trail

For a nice introduction to the park, walk part of the well defined, and mostly level Canyon Rim Trail. Start from the Visitor Center/Mather Point, or from any viewpoint in the village.

West of the village, the Rim Trail continues alongside Hermit Road, a 7 mile scenic road with 9 exceptional overlooks. Details >

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Hermit Road

(Also known as the West Rim Drive)

From March through November, Hermit Road is closed to private vehicles. The free Hermit Road (Red Route) Shuttle provides access. The road itself, and the designated greenway trail are also open to travel by foot or bicycle.

More about touring Scenic Hermit Road

During December, January, and February, Hermit Road is open to private vehicles.

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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.
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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 links below 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

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Desert View Drive

Visitors traveling to Grand Canyon National Park can enter and exit the park through the East Entrance at Desert View.

(State Route 64 - also known as the East Rim Drive) This 23 mile (37 km) road, leaves Grand Canyon Village, then travels east to Desert View. and the East Entrance Station.

This is the only scenic road on the South Rim that is open to private vehicles all year. Touring Desert View Drive in your vehicle.

Most Desert View services are open at this time.

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Desert View

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 — 5 pm. Only the ground level retail shop is open to the public. The tower itself remains closed until further notice. Details >

Desert View, has, a Market, Trading Post with Coffee/Ice Cream bar, a seasonal campground (closed for the winter), and a pay-at-the-pump gas station. Details >

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Tusayan Pueblo/Museum CLOSED

Tusayan Pueblo is the remains of a small Ancestral Puebloan village is located 3 miles (5 km) west of Desert View.

When it is open, Tusayan Museum has exhibits that help bring the pueblo to life. Admission is free. Normal Hours: 9 am to 5 pm daily. There are also ranger-led tours of the ruins daily.

Most Desert View services are open at this time. However, it is always a good idea to bring enough food and water for everyone in your group.

Detailed information about visiting Desert View >

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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.

A wide variety of Grand Canyon Maps, Trail Guides and Field Guides are available online from our non-profit partner Grand Canyon Conservancy. Your purchase goes towards protecting and enhancing Grand Canyon National Park for present and future generations.

Learn about additional Guided Tour options on the South Rim

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Mule Trips

are offered year round on the South Rim.

The Canyon Vistas Ride is a 3 hour trip that travels along the canyon rim.

Overnight Rides go to the bottom of the canyon and stay at Phantom Ranch.

More about South Rim Mule Trips >

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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.

Transportation from the lodges to the dam is included.

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.

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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 (Open for Dawn-to-dusk Day Use)


North Rim lodging, camping & all services are available May 15, through Oct. 15.

The North Rim is open for dawn-to-dusk day use from October 16, through November 30, or until a major snowstorm closes SR 67.

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North Rim Visitor Center

Is located adjacent to the parking lot on Bright Angel Peninsula. The building is open May 15 through October 15, 2021.

  • The bookstore/shop is CLOSED FOR THE WINTER
  • Restrooms are located on the back side of the building.
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North Rim Ranger Programs

Interpretive programs are free and are offered daily between May 15th and October 15th. CLOSED FOR THE WINTER

  • When you arrive on the North Rim, between May 15 and October 15, check bulletin boards or ask at the information kiosk about programs being offered during your visit.
  • Learn how youth can become Grand Canyon Junior Rangers
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North Rim Day Hiking

When the North Rim is open, 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.
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North Rim Scenic Drives

During the season, Point Imperial and Cape Royal are reached via winding scenic drives you can tour in your vehicle.

  • Driving to both points, with short walks, and several stops at pullouts along the way, can take 4 to 5 hours.
  • (View photos)
  • Point Imperial is 11 miles/ 18km - 20 min. one way.
  • Cape Royal is 23 miles/ 37km - 45 min. one way.
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North Rim Trail Rides

Mule trips are offered May 15 through October 15, of each year.

  • One Hour Ride Through the forest along the rim of the canyon.
  • 1/2 Day Trip to Uncle Jim Point on the Ken Patrick Trail
  • Inner-Canyon 1/2 Day Trip to Supai Tunnel on the North Kaibab Trail
  • Information and Reservations >

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"Traveling Green"

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 Traveling Green page for helpful tips on planning your next green adventure.

Thanks for doing what you can to help protect our environment!

Last updated: November 5, 2021

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