Visitor Centers, Information Desks and Museums

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Spring 2021 Hours

For detailed information about each facility, click on individual links or scroll down.

Visitor centers and contact stations usually are staffed with park rangers.You can view exhibits, and learn more about the park. The visitor centers, except for the Backcountry Information Center, also feature Grand Canyon Conservancy Park Stores and a stamp for your Passport To Your National Parks®.

Grand Canyon Village (South Rim)

Note: Some South Rim Visitor Centers and information desks remain closed until further notice due to concerns about COVID-19. Updated 4/9/2021 Trip planning and hiking information is available through a series of signs in front of each visitor center and at other key locations throughout the park.

Grand Canyon Visitor Center - Closed Until Further Notice
Grand Canyon Visitor Center Park Store 9 am to 7 pm - OPEN

Yavapai Geology Museum 9 am to 5 pm - OPEN
Verkamp's Visitor Center 9 am to 5 pm - OPEN
Kolb Studio 12 to 5 pm - OPEN

Backcountry Information Center
The Backcountry Information Center has reopened. Our staff is looking forward to helping visitors plan a safe backcountry experience. Hours of operation will be the same as before the pandemic: 8 am—noon; and 1—5 pm. COVID safety protocols will be in place, including masks, plexiglass at the desk, ticketed entry, cleaning schedules and physical distancing.

How to Request Backcountry Permits > .

Desert View (South Rim)

Located 23 miles (37 km) east of Grand Canyon Village.
Most Desert View Services are open.
Details >
Watchtower Kiva Shop - Open Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon, 9 am—5 pm
Watchtower Stairs, and the tower itself - Closed
Tusayan Museum located 3 miles (5 km) west of Desert View. - Closed

North Rim CLOSED FOR WINTER

North Rim Visitor Center CLOSED

Here's detailed information about the North Rim's 2021 Season. The North Rim will open for the 2021 season on May 15, 2021.

 

 

South Rim and Desert View

Open year-round
 
Left to right: visitor center parking and plaza overview, visitor center and outdoor exhibits, people watching sunset at Mather Point
Left to right: 1) Visitor center plaza & parking 2) Visitor center's outdoor exhibits, 3) Watching sunset at nearby Mather Point.
 

Grand Canyon Visitor Center

The South Rim Visitor Center is closed until further notice - due to COVID-19 health concerns. Trip planning and hiking information is available through a series of signs in front of the visitor center and at other key locations throughout the park.

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.

NOTE: During busy periods, including spring break, summer, and fall holiday weekends, the 4 parking lots around the visitor center fill by 9:30 am. When the Visitor Center lots are full, you can proceed to lots A and B in Market Plaza and C and D in the Village Historic District. Details >

When the Visitor Center reopens, you can:

  • Find information. Outside exhibits discuss park activities and attractions; hiking, the free shuttle bus system and park ranger programs.
  • Watch Grand 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. Note: as of March 13, 2020 the Visitor Center Theater has been closed because of concerns about Coronavirus COVID-19.
  • Explore exhibits inside, including: a large video-enabled relief map, a Science On a Sphere® program, and displays of historic artifacts. Note: as of March 13, 2020, the Science On a Sphere® Theater has been closed because of concerns about Coronavirus COVID-19.
  • Shop at Grand Canyon Conservancy's Park Store, (Current Hours: Open 9 am - 7 pm daily) in the Visitor Center Plaza. Featured are a wide variety of books, maps, souvenirs, and gifts to help you plan, or share your trip to Grand Canyon. Learn about the geology, ecology, and human history of the region, or find the perfect canyon-inspired gift. Your purchase goes towards protecting and enhancing Grand Canyon National Park for present and future generations. Visit Online Store >
    Open daily
    9 am – 5 pm (Nov. 29 through Feb. 28)
    9 am – 6 pm (March 1 through May 8)
    9 am – 7 pm (May 9 through Aug. 5)
    9 am - 7 pm (Aug. 6 through Nov. 28)
  • 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...
 
Looking over trees as the ast rays of pinkish sunset falling on rustic stone Geology Museum on the edge of Grand Canyon - seen in the distance
Yavapai Geology Museum and Observation Station

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. Plan on arriving early to watch sunset here Current Hours 9 am - 5 pm daily

Open daily:
9 am – 5 pm (Nov. 29 through May 8)
9 am – 5 pm (May 9 through May 28)
9 am – 5 pm (May 29 through Aug. 5)
9 am – 5 pm (Aug. 6 through Nov. 28)
  • View expansive vistas through large windows.
  • Discover exhibits about how Grand Canyon was formed.
  • Visit the museum shop for books and gifts. Learn more about the museum
  • Walk west along the Rim Trail to Grand Canyon Village. (2.8 mile/4.6 km round trip)
  • Walk east along the Rim Trail to Mather Point (1.4 miles/2.25 km round trip)
  • Note: the Kaibab Rim (Orange Route) Westbound to Yavapai Geology Museum, will not be in operation during the 2021 spring and summer seasons.
 
Looking down the walkway at the front exposure of Verkamp's Visitor Center, a brown wood-sided building, two stories high, in the Craftsman Style. The front porch is partially hidden by arches that reveal windows beyond.
Verkamp's Visitor Center

Verkamp's Visitor Center (1906)

A curio shop and family home for more than a century.
Current Hours 9 am - 5 pm daily

Open daily
9 am – 5 pm (Nov. 29 through Feb. 28)
9 am – 5 pm (March 1 through May 28)
9 am – 5 pm (May 29 through Aug. 5)
9 am - 5 pm (Aug. 6 through Nov. 28)

View exhibits about the history of Grand Canyon Village

  • Shop for canyon-related books and gift items
  • Ask store staff your most pressing questions
  • alk east to Hopi House/ El Tovar Hotel or west along the Canyon Rim Trail to Yavapai Geology Museum. (1.4 mile/2.3 km)

 
Looking past green oak trees at the west-facing side of Kolb Studio, several storied high, painted brown with white window frames. Grand Canyon is visible on the left and in the distance.
Kolb Studio on South Rim of Grand Canyon.

NPS/M.Quinn

Kolb Studio (1905)

This restored building was a family home and photography studio.
Current Hours: 12 to 5 pm Daily

Open daily
9 am – 5 pm (Jan 6 through Feb. 28) Celebration of Art Exhibit
9 am – 5 pm (March 1 through May 8)
Noon – 5 pm (May 9 through Aug. 5)
Noon - 5 pm (Aug. 6 through Nov. 28)
 
Backcountry Information Center is a modern building built in the rustic style with large windows and a cross-gabled roof that extends out over the entryway. Behind that is a large gabled window that acts as a skylight.
Backcountry Information Center

Backcountry Information Center

The Backcountry Information Center is open.Our staff is looking forward to interacting with visitors and helping them plan safe backcountry experiences. Hours of operation will be the same as before the pandemic: 8 am—noon; and 1– 5 pm. COVID safety protocols are in place, including masks, plexiglass at the desk, ticketed entry, cleaning schedules and physical distancing.

 

Desert View

Located 23 miles (37 km) from Grand Canyon Village - Open year-round -
Desert View services and facilities are mostly open.
Details >

Desert View Campground information and reservations >

 
View north past tree-covered rocky outcrop towards green Colorado Rover in the distance. To the right are steep red-colored cliffs that extend from foreground, back along the river.
Desert View Point - NPS/Kristen M. Caldon
 
Front side of Watchtower as seen from ground level looking up. to the left is the wall of partially collapsed structure. A partial glimpse of Grand Canyon barely seen boyond the tower.
Desert View Watchtower

Watchtower (1932)

An unusual stone tower designed by Mary Colter, in the style of Ancestral Puebloan towers. Watch Video.

  • The Watchtower is the official visitor contact station at Desert View.
  • The Desert View Watchtower Retail Store (Kiva Room)
    Open Fridays through Mondays 9 am.- 5 pm.
  • CDC guidelines and physical distancing measures are in place. Face coverings are required to shop in the store.
  • Only the ground level retail location is open to the public. The tower itself remains closed until further notice.
 
On the left, pueblo walls several feet high. On the right a small group of people is listening to ranger with back towards camera conducting tour
Summer ranger-guided tour of Tusayan Ruin

Tusayan Ruin and Museum (1928)

Tusayan Ruin is the remains of a small Ancestral Puebloan village located 3 miles west of Desert View Watchtower
Hours: Closed until Further Notice.

  • 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.)
 
front of Tusayan Museum, a small mostly stone building with log vigas and lentils. NPS Arrowhead above front door.
Tusayan Museum

Tusayan Museum has exhibits that help bring the ruin to life.
Hours: Tusayan Musuem has been closed untill further notice due to concerns about COVID-19. 1/6/2021

  • View 2000–4000 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.
 

North Rim

 

The North Rim is CLOSED for the WINTER more

 
Viewing sunset in Grand Canyon from the outdoor veranda of Grand Canyon Lodge on North Rim.  Flagstone floor with row of chairs just behind the guard wall and several visitors are viewing the canyon. A family is eating dinner at a picnic table.
Viewing sunset from North Rim Lodge veranda. Photo courtesy Christian Schroll
 
Flight of stairs leads up to front entrance of rustic stone and log North Rim visitor center.
The North Rim Visitor Center

North Rim Visitor Center

  • The North Rim is scheduled to open for the 2021 Season on May, 15, 2021
  • North Rim Visitor Center is CLOSED for WINTER
  • 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.
  • Attend a park ranger program.
  • Learn more about North Rim and download North Rim Pocket Map
 

Grand Canyon Conservancy, a non-profit park partner since 1932, operates book and gift stores throughout the park, where your tax-free purchases help support programs and research projects in Grand Canyon National Park.

Last updated: May 9, 2021

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 129
Grand Canyon, AZ 86023

Phone:

928-638-7888

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