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 Grand Canyon Junior Rangers
4th Graders and their families can see America's natural wonders and historic sites for free.
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.
Tour Scenic Hermit Road (also known as West Rim Drive)
Free shuttle bus service runs March 1 through Nov. 30, During this time, the road is closed to private vehicles. In addition to the main road, there is a designated greenway for travel by foot or bicycle. Commercial bus tours, jeep tours, and van tours, are also available.
During December, January, and February, Hermit Road is open to private vehicles. More...
Tour Desert View Drive (Hwy 64 - also 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 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 (South Rim)
Climb to the top of a 70 ft. tall (21.5 m) stone Watchtower for a panoramic view extending 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 Mary Colter. There is also a general store, deli, seasonal campground, and gas station.
You can attend Ranger Programs and watch Cultural Demonstrations.
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...
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 the 2020 Schedule of Classes.
Whitewater and Smoothwater raft trips on the Colorado River
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.
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.
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.
How to View and Photograph Wildlife
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 are available from May 15, through October 15.
Reduced Services on the North Rim through October 31, 2019For a list of what remains open this fall, and how to make 2020 lodge and campground reservations, visit this link >
Is located adjacent to the parking lot on Bright Angel Peninsula.
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.
Last updated: October 18, 2019