Walk part of the well defined, and mostly level Rim Trail, starting from any viewpoint in the village or along the historic Hermit Road and greenway. Day hike in and around the canyon or backpack overnight below the rim. (permit required)
Offering some of the best scenic views that are available, Free shuttle bus service runs March 1 - Nov. 30, with the road closed to private vehicles. Commercial bus tours are available, or travel by foot, or bicycle. More...
East of Grand Canyon Village, tour in your private vehicle or by commercial bus tour 25 miles (42 km) one-way. Views of the river at Moran, Lipan and Desert View Points. You may exit or enter the park to the east. (via Arizona highways 64 and 89)
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. There are also ranger-led tours of the ruins daily More...
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. Here are some suggestions about the best times of day to shoot and, insider information about popular photo hot spots.
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. Learn more...
The North Rim (has a short season) May 15 through October 15 each year.
The North Rim is open for "dawn to dusk" day use through November 30, 2018.
The following services haveclosed for the winter:Grand Canyon Lodge, food services, general store, North Rim Campground, Canyon Trail Rides, Visitor Center and park ranger programming.
To find out what this means, and when the North Rim will be fully open again, visit this link >
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.
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.
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