- Hike, raft and camp your way through the 6000 feet deep Grand Canyon.
- Spend your time atop the canyon on the Skywalk or visiting the shops and museums.
- Have questions? Stop by one of the numerous visitors’ centers for help and information.
What can I see and do at the Grand Canyon?
There is plenty to do and view at the Grand Canyon; it’s more than just a canyon.
There are numerous day hikes in and around the canyon on both the South and North rims. All of these hikes will provide you with great views of the Canyon, which not every visitor gets the pleasure of seeing.
- Rim Trail (South Rim): For an easy and quick trail that will still give you great views of the Canyon from areas that you couldn’t see on a bus take some time to walk along Rim Trail.
- Arizona Trail (North Rim): For a more challenging and extended hike check out the Arizona Trail which goes to the Utah border. This all day hike is 10 miles long.
- Overnight hikes: If you want to really experience the beauty of the Grand Canyon take your hiking adventure to the next level and request a permit to hike overnight in the canyon. Permits can be acquired from the Backcountry Information Center.
- South Rim Guided Hikes: The guided hikes here are offered year round. The hikes are offered on the Rim trail. In summer a 3-mile round trip hike into the canyon is also available.
- North Rim Guided Hikes: Ranger hikes are offered from May until October on the North Rim due to weather restrictions. These hikes give visitors a great opportunity to explore the trails with a wealth of knowledge and guidance.
See the canyon from the bottom up and explore its edges by rafting on the Colorado River—the river that carved the canyon for centuries. There are three different trips offered, ranging from one to 25 days in length. Contact the park for additional details.
If you like the outdoors then forego the hotel stay and opt to camp at the Grand Canyon.
- Mather Campground (South Rim): Open year-round for tent and RV camping. Fires are only allowed in campsite grills. No wood gathering is allowed. There are free showers on the premises. It is $18 per night.
- Desert View Campground (South Rim): Open from May to October for tent and RV camping. It is $18 per night and pets are allowed so long as they remain leased.
- North Rim Campground (North Rim): Open from May to October for camping. Pets are allowed. Fires are only allowed in campsite grills. No wood gathering is allowed. Coin showers are on the premises. It is $18 to $25 per night.
There are numerous visitors’ centers on both rims. The offer services such as brochures, shuttle services and restrooms.
Museums and Cultural Sites
- Yavapai Geology Museum: Curious about how the Canyon became the glorious sight it is today? This place has all of the archeological answers to satisfy your thirst for knowledge.
- Kolb Studio: This historic building, home to famous photographers/filmmakers the Kolb brothers, is open to the public for art exhibits and shopping.
- Desert View Watchtower: This 70-foot, recently renovated tower includes a gift shop and high level observation decks.
- Tusayan Museum: Here you will get a glance into life of the Native Americans who called the Canyon home 800 years ago.
- Tusayan Ruin: A short trail from the museum will lead you to ruins of the Native America pueblos.
While, you’re at the park don’t forget to take some time and appreciate the vast the world wonder that is the Grand Canyon. This clear pathway over the canyon allows you to stand over the canyon and look downward, if you dare. The Skywalk is managed by the Hualapai Tribe and costs around $25.
Where is the Grand Canyon?
To get from Flagstaff to the Grand Canyon go northwest along Highway 180.
When is the Grand Canyon open?
- South Rim: Open year round, 24 hours a day
- North Rim: Mid-May to mid-Ocotber
How much does the Grand Canyon cost?
It only costs $25 per vehicle to enter the park. However, extras such as the Skywalk, dining, lodging and permits are additional costs.
Who can I call if I have more questions?
If you have more questions call the Grand Canyon National Park at (928) 638-7888.