park was established in 1919, official status was given
to the Grand Canyon by Woodrow Wilson. The area includes
1,904 square miles of land, 277 miles long, 18 miles wide,
and nearly 1 mile deep. The South Rim is 6,900 feet above
sea level, and the North Rim is 7,498 feet above sea level.
The South Rim of the Grand Canyon stays open
year round due to the high elevation and moderate temperatures.
The North Rim facilities are open mid-May through mid-October.
Located in the northwestern border of Arizona
stretching along the Colorado River.
Grand Canyon National Park
P.O. Box 129
Grand Canyon, AZ 86023
Telephone. General Information:
520-638-7888; Lodging: 303-297-2757
Grand Canyon Village (South Rim) is located
60 miles north of Interstate 40 at Williams via highway
64, and 80 miles northwest of Flagstaff via highway 180.
Only ten miles from rim to rim as the crow flies, the
North Rim is 215 miles (about 4 1/2 hours) from the South
Rim by car. The North Rim is 44 miles south of Jacob Lake,
AZ, via highway 67.
At the South Rim Visitor Center you can view a free slide
show presentation about the Grand Canyon's history, geology,
wildlife, activities and gain a basic knowledge and overview
of the park. Books, trail guides, brochures, and much
more is available at the Visitor's Center to better your
visit at the Grand Canyon National Park.
Entrance to the park costs $20 per vehicle. Entrance permits
are good for seven consecutive days in the Park.
Entrance fees are waived with an annual Grand Canyon Passport
or Golden Eagle, Golden Age or Golden Access Passport.
You can obtain these passes at any national park, monument
or recreation area, including any Grand Canyon Park entrance.
$50 annually for all national parks
$10 one time charge for US citizens or residents age 62
Golden Access Passport: Free
for disabled US citizens or residents
Campground / Lodging / Restaurants - Reservations are strongly
recommended for all concession operated facilities. Reservations
should be made as far in advance as possible. For
reservation information, call (303) 29PARKS.
Hours. Season runs from mid-May to late-October.
Due to snow, the North Rim is closed for the rest of the
Open year-round, though the greatest concentration of
people is from April to August. All gates are open 24
hours a day, but the visitors centers typically only run
from 8am to 5pm daily.
For current road conditions and construction, contact
the NPS at 307-344-7311.
commuter lines fly from Los Angeles and Las Vegas to the
Grand Canyon Airport in Tusayan which is four miles from
the Visitor's Center. Shuttles run hourly from the airport
to Grand Canyon Village.
The Park operates a free shuttle bus
system from March 11 until October 17. The Grand Canyon
Village shuttle travels every 15 minutes and provides
transportation between the visitor center and hotels,
restaurants, and campgrounds nearby. The West Rim scenic
shuttle runs approximately every 15 minutes and meets
up with the Village shuttle.
1500 feet higher than the South Rim, the North Rim at
7,498 feet above sea level is closed during the winter
months of October through May. Through its open months,
temperatures can be expected to be slightly cooler than
the South Rim, but thunderstorms will still be present.
Rim. At an altitude of 6900 feet above sea
level, the South Rim fluctuates in its weather from cool,
crisp mornings to hot, dry afternoons. Dressing in layers
will allow you to properly adjust to the cool morning
and the slow heating of the day. June is usually warm
and dry with only occasional afternoon breezes. July and
August have more rainfall with frequent thunderstorms
at the rim. There will occasionally be severe lightning
Resembling weather of the Southwestern
deserts, weather in the Inner Gorge can have extreme changes.
Ranging above 100 degrees Fahrenheit during the day, nights
can become cool rather quickly. Many hikers tend to choose
hiking at night or early in the morning when it is still
dark for the best experience and to miss the heat of the
blisters by wearing comfortable boots or shoes which
fit the terrain.
hypothermia by wearing layers. If you find yourself
shivering and feel disoriented, seek shelter and drink
warm liquids. Hypothermia can develop and is a serious
condition requiring medical attention.
you see a storm developing, reduce the risk of lightning
strike by retreating to a lower location and avoid water,
ridges, isolated trees and boulders. If you feel an
electrical charge building up, kneel down, lean forward
and place your hands on your knees. DO NOT seek refuge
under rock overhangs.
careful of your footing when approaching and looking
over the canyon rim.
Centers and Exhibits.
The Visitor Centers are the hub for park information and
are located near most lodging complexes. Ranger stations
are located at all developed areas of the park. Most have
shortened or closed hours between late August and Memorial
Rim Visitor Center - open year round
Observation Station - hours change seasonally
Museum and Ruin - hours change seasonally
Canyon Railway - open during the summer
Studio - hours change seasonally
View Contact Station - open from spring to fall
Bright Angel Trail.
Starting right outside the Bright Angel Lodge, this trail
takes you to the inner canyon.
South Kaibab. Southern
inner canyon trail.
East Rim Drive. A
23-mile drive between the Village and Desert View. Featuring
canyon vistas, Tusayan Indian Ruin, views of Painted Desert,
the Colorado River, the San Francisco Peaks, and the Vermilion
Cliffs from the Watchtower at Desert View.
West Rim Drive and Nature Trail.
An enjoyable 16-mile round trip including 8 main viewpoints
along the West Rim.
Grand Canyon has nearly 1,000 rooms, cabins, and suites.
With three historic lodging establishments and four motel
type lodges, plenty of space is available. Reservations
may be made up to 23 months in advance. Call (303) 29PARKS
for reservations. Reservation information about accommodations
can be found at the following locations:
El Tovar Hotel - open year-round
Bright Angel Lodge - open year-round
Kachina and Thunderbird Lodges - open year-round
Maswik Lodge - lodge open year-round; cabins closed
during winter season
Yavapai Lodge - open year-round
Phantom Ranch - open year-round
Moqui Lodge - open April through October
and Supplies. Food
service and groceries available in the park and in surrounding
The park's major sites can be viewed by automobile.
Some trails and facilities are wheelchair accessible.
Many trails and rim drives are available to
visitors. Rim trails stretching along the Grand Canyon
provide scenic views of breathtaking beauty along the
edge. Long as well as short trails are accessible at the
North and South Rim for backpackers and average hikers.
Check at Visitor Centers for current information on road
closures, weather forecasts, ranger-led activities, park
regulations, and permits. Visitors should keep in mind
that, due to high levels of visitation, travel through
the park can be slow, especially during July and August.
Make lodging reservations as early as possible. Allow
at least two days or more if you wish to see most major