The Grand Canyon South Rim

Grand Canyon National Park encompasses 1,904 square miles, making it a popular vacation destination for people around the world. The South Rim is at an elevation of nearly 7,000 feet with summertime temperatures ranging from 50 to 80º F at the rim, and above 100º F at the Colorado River 5,000 feet below. Winter temperatures can be as low as the 20's during the day. Unlike the North Rim which closes from mid-October to mid-May, the South Rim is open year round.

There are several ways to get to the Canyon. You can drive 81 miles north of Flagstaff on State Route 180 or 59 miles north of Williams on State Route 64. Grand Canyon Railway offers passenger service from Williams. You can also take a bus tour from Phoenix or Flagstaff.

To avoid crowds, consider planning your trip for the winter months, with the busiest time being March-April and September-October.

There are other excellent and convenient options for lodging in nearby Tusayan, 2 miles from the south entrance. For on line reservations in Tusayan please see our lodging page.

If you are planning a vacation to the South Rim in the next 12 months, another excellent option is staying in Flagstaff (more amenities and services).

For more information about camping and hiking, call the Backcountry Office, (435) 679-8665

Prices, schedules and service are subject to change, confirm before making travel plans.

There is a free shuttle that stops in Grand Canyon Village and along West Rim Drive.

The NPS leads a rim walk, and the more adventurous can descend into the Canyon along a trail system. For maps or additional information, contact the Backcountry Office at the number listed above.

One popular way to see the splendor of the Grand Canyon is to take a mule ride and stay overnight at Phantom Ranch. There are a few requirements, riders must be able to understand enough English to be able to follow instructions. You must be taller than 4 feet 7 inches, must weigh less than 200 pounds and you must not be visibly pregnant. It is recommended that you book your reservations at least 11 months in advance by calling
1-303-297-2757.  There is high demand for mule rides, we recommend you consider some other tour.  (If you do call the number above, it is not associated with our company in anyway, so please do not write us about having to wait on hold or other complaints.)

You can write to the Park at: Grand Canyon National Park, P.O. Box 129, Grand Canyon, AZ 86023.

Grand Canyon North Rim

Less crowded than the more popular South Rim, the Grand Canyon North Rim offers a different perspective on this wonder of nature. The Park is open from mid-May through October. If your vacation plans include a stop close to the closing or opening of the park, call to find out if the roads are accessible.

A campground is located just one mile from the Rim, but reservations are accepted no earlier than eight weeks in advance. Call 1-800-365-2267. RV Campers can make reservations by calling the Kaibab Camper Village at 928-643-7804 (in season); winter reservation number is 800-525-0924, 928-526-0924 (inside Arizona).  Other numbers to have on hand: Jacob Lake Inn, 928-643-7232; North Kaibab Ranger District, 928-643-7395.

All rates and amenities subject to change.

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