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 to nearby Mather Point.
From the Visitor Center, it is also possible to Park-and-Ride. Leave your car at the Visitor Center, then board free shuttle buses and ride to Mather Point, around Grand Canyon Village, or out to a variety of 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: 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, or when weather allows. A coffee bar with "grab and go" food options is located here. Learn More...
Yavapai Geology Museum (1928)
Located at Yavapai Point, between Grand Canyon Visitor Center and Grand Canyon Village. Note: parking lot is usually full one hour before sunset. Ride the Kaibab Rim Shuttle (Orange Route) from the Visitor Center to Yavapai Point to watch sunset here.
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.