Things To Do

Several people are walking along the canyon rim behind a stone guard wall. The canyon is visible on the left
Taking a walk in the South Rim Historic District.

There are many ways to experience Grand Canyon.

Individual interests, available time, and the weather 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)

Attend Free Ranger Programs
Learn more about Grand Canyon nature, science, history and culture with a park ranger as your guide.

South Rim Village Ranger Program Schedule

South Rim Desert View Ranger Program Schedule and Cultural Demonstrations

Learn how youth can become Junior Rangers
Kolb Studio
Stop by the visitor center or a museum

The South Rim offers a variety of museums and information centers that house exhibits and provide park information. Learn more about visitor centers.

Learn about South Rim bookstores and gift shops.
Auditorium seating
Watch the park film

Grand Canyon: A Journey of Wonder, shown at Grand Canyon Visitor Center.

The film is 20 minutes long and starts on the hour and half-hour.

The first showing begins at 9 am and the last showing is at 4:30 pm daily.
Walking or Hiking

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)
Trail of Time Logo
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 layer of the canyon. More...
Bright Angel Bicycle Rental Logo
Did you bring your bicycle with you? 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.
Bus on Hermit Road
Tour Scenic Hermit Road

Free shuttle bus service runs March 1 through Nov. 30, with the road closed to private vehicles. There is a designated greenway for travel by foot or bicycle. Commercial bus tours, jeep tours, and van tours, are also available.

During the months of December, January, and February, Hermit Road is open to all vehicles. More...
Scenic Drive Desert View
Tour Desert View Drive

This 25 mile road, leaves Grand Canyon Village, then travels east 25 miles (42 km) to Desert View. You can drive your private vehicle, or take a commercial bus tour, jeep tour, or van tour.

View the Colorado River at Moran, Lipan and Desert View Points. You may exit or enter the park on the eastern end at Desert View. (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 more than 100 miles on a clear day. The historic Watchtower is a replica of prehistoric towers found on the Colorado Plateau, and was designed in 1932 by legendary architect, Mary Jane Colter.

South Rim Desert View Ranger Program Schedule and Cultural Demonstrations
orange colored prehistoric bowl from the Grand Canyon.
Tusayan Ruin
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...
close-up of a mule's head.

South Rim Mule Trips are offered year round.

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..

Grand Canyon Field Institute Class
Participate in a Grand Canyon Field Institute Learning Adventure

The Grand Canyon Conservancy Field Institute offers guided educational tours led by expert instructors while backpacking, camping, hiking, and whitewater rafting.

Topics include geology, history, archaeology, photography, and more. Download 2019 Schedule of Classes.
Boaters on the Colorado River.
Whitewater and Smoothwater raft trips on the Colorado River

Whitewater trips through Grand Canyon last from 3 days to 21 days and require reservations well in advance.

Half-day smoothwater trips from Glen Canyon Dam to Lees Ferry may be arranged by any Lodge in the park. Transportation from the lodges to the Dam is included.
Man photographing the Grand Canyon.
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.
Grand Canyon Railway on the way to the park.
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...

North Rim lodging and visitor services are available from May 15, through October 15.


The North Rim is Closed for the Winter

North Rim roads are closed to all vehicles between December 1st and May 15th, and no visitor services are available. To learn more about the North Rim, and how to make 2019 lodge and campground reservations, visit this link >
Entrance to the North Rim Visitor Center

North Rim Visitor Center

Is located adjacent to the parking lot on Bright Angel Peninsula. Closed for the Winter.

  • 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.
Ranger led walks and talks

North Rim Ranger Programs

Have ended for the 2018 season. Interpretive programs are free and will be offered daily throughout the 2019 season; between May 15th and October 15th.

Several day hikers on the paved footpath to Bright Angel Point, North Rim Grand Canyon visible in the distance on the right.

North Rim Day Hiking

During the season, 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.
close-up of a mule's head.

North Rim Mule Trips

Are offered May 15 through October 15, of each year.

  • One Hour Ride Grand Canyon rim. 1/2 Day Trip to Uncle Jim Point
  • Inner-Canyon 1/2 Day Trip to Supai Tunnel on the North Kaibab Trail More..
North Rim Scenic Drive

Tour North Rim Scenic Drives (photos)

During the season, Point Imperial and Cape Royal are reached via a winding scenic drive. North Rim Roads are Closed for Winter.

  • 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.

family of 4 with 2 girls in between parents, grand canyon in background

"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: December 2, 2018

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Grand Canyon, AZ 86023


(928) 638-7888

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