Visitor Centers, Information and Museums

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

Grand Canyon Village (South Rim)
Grand Canyon Visitor Center 9 am to 5 pm
Yavapai Geology Museum 8 am to 6 pm
Verkamp's Visitor Center 8 am to 6 pm
Kolb Studio 8 am to 6 pm
Backcountry Information Center 8 am to noon; then, 1 pm to 5 p.m.

Desert View (South Rim)
Located 25 miles (40 km) east of Grand Canyon Village
Watchtower Kiva Shop
9 am to 5 pm
Watchtower stairs 9 am to 4:30 pm
Tusayan Ruin and Museum 9 am to 5 pm

North Rim
North Rim Visitor Center is closed for the winter. Reopens May 15, 2018


The 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
Winter Hours: 9 am to 5 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. 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.
  • Explore exhibits inside, including: interactive trip planners, a large video-enabled relief map, a Science On a Sphere® program, and displays of historic artifacts.
  • Stop at the Park Store for books and a variety of Grand Canyon gifts. Open 8 am to 6 pm (winter 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...
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 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
  • Learn more about the museum and it's history
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.
Winter Hours: 8 am to 6 pm

  • View exhibits about the history of Grand Canyon Village
  • Shop for canyon-related books and gift items
  • Ask park rangers and/or store staff your most pressing questions
  • Walk east to Hopi House/ El Tovar Hotel or west along the Canyon Rim Trail to Yavapai Geology Museum.

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 the canyon rim

Kolb Studio (1905)
This restored building was a family home and photography studio.
Winter Hours: 8 am to 6 pm

  • View history and art exhibits. More...
  • Learn about Emery and Ellsworth Kolb, pioneer photographers and filmmakers at Grand Canyon. More...
  • Walk east through the park's Historic District or west, climbing the Rim Trail to Trailview Overlook.
  • Hike down into Grand Canyon on Bright Angel Trail.
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
Chat with rangers, get trail information and learn how to Hike Smart.
8 am to noon, and, 1 pm to 5 pm


Desert View
Located 25 miles (40 km) from Grand Canyon Village
Open year-round - However Desert View Campground has closed for the winter. It will reopen mid-April, 2018
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

Desert View Watchtower (1932)
An unusual stone tower designed by architect Mary Colter, in the style Ancestral Puebloan towers. Watchtower Video. More detailed information about Desert View here.

Fall Hours:
Watchtower Kiva Shop 9 am to 5 pm
Watchtower stairs 9 am to 4:30 pm

  • Climb 85 steps for a 360° view from 70 ft (21 m) above.
  • Study wall murals by Hopi Artist Fred Kabotie
  • Spot the Colorado River turning north and the Painted Desert extending towards Navajo and Hopi Indian lands.
  • Visit the Kiva Room for books, gifts and expansive views through large windows.
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
Summer 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.)
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.
Summer 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
The North Rim is Closed for the Winter
Here's information about making 2018 reservations for lodging and campsites.

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

The North Rim Visitor Center
Has closed for the winter. Will reopen May15, 2018

  • 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 the North Rim and download North Rim Pocket Map
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.

Last updated: November 30, 2017

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Grand Canyon, AZ 86023


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