Grand Canyon National Park is continuing to evaluate and adapt to changing COVID-19 guidance, and is adjusting operations as needed.
South Rim (Open All Year)
Park Ranger Programs
Learn more about Grand Canyon nature, science, history and culture.
Learn how youth can become Grand Canyon's Junior Rangers >
In addition, there are several additional museums and contact centers that feature exhibits and provide park information. Some of them are open:
Park Theater CLOSED
Note: on March 13, 2020 the Visitor Center Theater closed because of concerns about COVID-19.
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).
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.
Walking or Hiking
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.
(Also known as the West Rim Drive)
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.
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.
Desert View Drive
Visitors traveling to Grand Canyon National Park can enter and exit the park through the East Entrance at 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.
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.
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.
are offered year round on the South Rim.
More about South Rim Mule Trips >
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.
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.
North Rim (Open for the Season)
North Rim lodging, camping & visitor services are available May 15, through Oct. 15
Is located adjacent to the parking lot on Bright Angel Peninsula. The building is open May 15 through October 15, 2021.
North Rim Ranger Programs
Interpretive programs are free and are offered daily between May 15th and October 15th.
North Rim Day Hiking
During the season, take a day hike through this beautiful scenery.
North Rim Scenic Drives
During the season, Point Imperial and Cape Royal are reached via winding scenic drives you can tour in your vehicle.
Mule rides are offered May 15 through October 15, of each year.
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: August 16, 2021