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.
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.
North Rim lodging and visitor services are available from May 15, through October 15.
The North Rim is Open for the Season
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 >
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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