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 9:30 am. During these times, proceed to lots A-D in Market Plaza and the Village Historic District.
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, across the plaza from the Visitor Center, for books, and a variety of Grand Canyon gifts. Open 8 am to 8 pm (summer hours)
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. Fall Hours: 8 am to 7 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.
Fall Hours: Watchtower Kiva Shop 8 am to 6 pm Watchtower stairs 8 am to 5:30 pm
NOTE: The upper levels of the watchtower are closed for conservation work through October 20, 2018 - after that date you can 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.
Meet cultural demonstrators and watch them at work.
NOTE: From September 17, thru October 20, 2018, conservators will be working on the watchtower's murals.For the duration of this work, the upper two floors (floors 4 and 5) will be closed to visitation. During the first couple of days, while they construct their scaffolding and platforms, floors 2 and 3 will also be closed for visitor safety.
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.
Grand Canyon Conservancy , 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.