Grand Canyon South Entrance Station

Multiple lines of cars wait in line at a two peaked wooden building that covers the lanes.
Be prepared for a wait most of the year at South Entrance Station - especially during midday.


Quick Facts
Park Entrance Station

Entrance Passes for Sale, Information, Information - Maps Available, Information - Ranger/Staff Member Present

Welcome to Grand Canyon National Park.

The South Entrance Station is the entry point for most visitors. Located in the state of Arizona, it is 5 miles (8 km) north of the gateway town of Tusayan; 55 miles (89 km) north of Williams, Arizona via SR 64 from I-40; and 80 miles (129 km) north of Flagstaff, Arizona via US 180, the South Entrance Station is the closest entry to Grand Canyon Village on the South Rim.

If you are reading this while waiting in the line to enter the park, here's information about getting around, where to park, and suggested activities: South Rim 2023 - Helpful Tips >

Entrance Fees and Passes

Entrance passes to Grand Canyon National Park are valid for one to seven days. Entrance to both the South Rim and the North Rim of the park are included.

No refunds are given due to inclement weather.

Basic Passes

Vehicle Pass: $35
Admits one single, private, non-commercial vehicle and all its passengers. Organized groups are not eligible for the vehicle permit.

Motorcycle Pass: $30
Admits one single, private, non-commercial motorcycle and its passenger(s).

Individual Pass: $20 per person
Admits one individual when entering by foot, bicycle, park shuttle bus, Grand Canyon Railway, and private rafting trip. Individuals 16 years of age and younger are admitted free of charge.

Annual Passes

There are several types of annual passes available at each of the park's three entrance stations:

America the Beautiful - Annual Pass ($80)
America the Beautiful - Annual Senior Pass ($20)
America the Beautiful - Lifetime Senior Pass ($80)
"Every Kid Outdoors" - 4th Grade Pass (Free)
America the Beautiful - Lifetime Access Pass (Free)
Military Pass (Free)
Grand Canyon National Park Pass ($70)

Detailed information about these passes, and which one is right for you, here > 

Documentation and ID are required when presenting or acquiring a pass. 

At Grand Canyon National Park's Entrance Stations, credit and debit cards, digital passes, and America the Beautiful passes are accepted for entry. Cash is no longer accepted.

Group Tours

Organized, Non-commercial Groups >
Organized, non-commercial groups include church groups, college or school groups, scouts, service organizations, military, etc.

Commercial Tours

Commercial Tour Fees >
Fees are based on vehicle capacity for all tour groups and bus companies that originate outside a 100-mile (160 km) radius of an entrance station to Grand Canyon National Park. Taxis are classified as commercial tours since they do not have regularly scheduled service.

Educational Fee Waivers

Educational Fee Waivers are not issued automatically. Educational groups must apply and meet the criteria to receive a fee waiver. Details >

Grand Canyon National Park

Last updated: January 11, 2024