Grand Canyon Visitor Center
Winter Hours 9 am to 4:30 pm
If you are entering through the South Entrance Station, make the Visitor Center your first stop. You can park your car in one of four parking areas, then get your first view of Grand Canyon by taking a short walk (or shuttle bus ride) to nearby Mather Point.
From the Visitor Center, it is also possible to Park-and-Ride. Leave your car and board free shuttle buses to ride around the Village and out to scenic overlooks.
NOTE: During busy periods, including spring break, summer, and fall holiday weekends, parking around the visitor center is full by 10:00 am. During these times, proceed to lots A-D in Market Plaza and the Village Historic District.
At the Visitor Center you can:
Find information. Outsideexhibits discuss park activities and attractions; hiking, the free shuttle bus system and park ranger programs.
WatchGrand Canyon: A Journey of Wonder, a 20 minute movie that takes viewers on a rim to river and dawn to dusk journey through the park. Movie starts on the hour and half-hour.
Explore exhibits inside, including: interactive trip planners, a large video-enabled relief map, a Science On a Sphere® program, and displays of historic artifacts.
Stopat the Park Store for books and a variety of Grand Canyon gifts.
Rent a bicycle or take a guided bicycle tour, available March through October. A coffee bar with "grab and go" food options is located here. Learn More...
Yavapai Geology Museum (1928)
Located at Yavapai Point overlook, in between Grand Canyon Visitor Center and Grand Canyon Village. Winter Hours: 8 am to 6 pm
Note: parking lot usually full around sunset - best to take Orange Shuttle here for sunset
View expansive vistas through large windows.
Discover exhibits about how Grand Canyon was formed.
Attend a ranger program to learn about geology.
Visit the museum shop for books and gifts.
Ride the Kaibab Rim Shuttle (orange route) to Grand Canyon Visitor Center and scenic overlooks.
Walk east along the Rim Trail to Grand Canyon Village, or west to Mather Point
Verkamp's Visitor Center (1906)
was a curio shop and family home for more than a century. Winter Hours: 8 am to 6 pm
View exhibits about the history of community life in Grand Canyon village. More...
Shopfor canyon-related books and gift items
Askpark rangers and store staff your most pressing questions
Walkeast to Hopi House/ El Tovar Hotel or west along the Canyon Rim Trail to Yavapai Geology Museum.
Kolb Studio (1905)
This restored building was a family home and photography studio.
Winter Hours: 8 am to 6 pm
Located 25 miles (40 km) from Grand Canyon Village
Desert View Watchtower (1932)
An unusual stone tower designed by architect Mary Colter, in the style Ancestral Puebloan towers. Watchtower Video. Watchtower Kiva Shop 9 am to 5 pm Watchtower stairs 9 am to 4:30 pm
Climb85 steps for a 360° view from 70 ft (21 m) above.
Studywall murals by Hopi Artist Fred Kabotie
Spotthe Colorado River turning north and the Painted Desert extending towards Navajo and Hopi Indian lands.
Visitthe Kiva Room for books, gifts and expansive views through large windows.
Tusayan Ruin and Museum (1928) Tusayan Ruin is the remains of a small Ancestral Puebloan village located 3 miles west of Desert View Watchtower Fall hours: 9 am to 5 pm
Walk the relatively flat 0.1 mile (200 m) trail around the ruin.
Imagine Puebloan Indian life some 800 years ago.
Attend daily ranger-led ruin tours (summer and fall.)
Tusayan Museum has exhibits that help bring the ruin to life. Winter hours: 9 am to 5 pm
View 2,000–4,000 year old artifacts along with the traditional handicrafts made by regional tribes.
Learn about the prehistoric people who once made this place their home.
Visit the museum's bookstore/shop.
The North Rim Is Closed for the winter. The North Rim opens for the 2017 season on May 15, 2017.
You may, however, make reservations for 2017 lodging and campsites at this time.
The North Rim Visitor Center is Closed for the Winter It reopens for the 2017 season on May 15, 2017
Speak to a park ranger and plan your visit.
Walk a short distance to Bright Angel Point.
Experience the sunset on the North Rim Lodge patio, just a short walk away
Learn about park and regional information, maps, brochures, exhibits, and a bookstore.
The Grand Canyon Association, a non-profit park partner since 1932, operates bookstores throughout the park, where your tax-free purchases help support programs and research projects in Grand Canyon National Park.