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The information below is a brief introduction and is not intended to
be comprehensive. For more information, see links at right and Top
Questions on the right in the TripAdvisor
GCNP Forum . Also see the web site for the park itself, www.nps.gov/grca.
If you can visit in the winter, do it. Fewer people. Clean, crisp air, and lovely landscapes.
Take a look at this small Grand Canyon gallery and see for yourself:
There are three primary entry points into the Canyon:GCNP South Rim
The jewel of the Park. Great day trip from Las Vegas, about 5 hours one way and Phoenix, 4 hours one way (an overnight stay in or near the park is recommended). Iconic viewpoints include Mather Point, Yavapai Observation Station. There are 17 formal viewpoints on the drive between the extreme east and west ends of the Rim Drive, and many other places to view the canyon from the Rim Trail and others. Mule trips. Helicopter flights (depart from Tusayan, the small town just outside the Park's gates. Lots of things to do at Grand Canyon Village (good food at the Bright Angel Lodge restaurant and several other restaurants and cafeterias). The park has several lodges with various types of accomodations, www.grandcanyonlodges.com. Trails for all fitness levels, starting with the Rim Trail as the easiest, then increasing in difficulty with Bright Angel and South Kaibab. Free shuttles operate in the GC Village area all year, and on the West Rim/Hermit's Rest Road February-October. The East Rim Drive is accessible by private vehicles.
Majestic, isolated, no crowds. Fantastic, unobstructed views. Great add-on if you are doing Southern Utah. Takes effort to get to but well worth it. This Rim is most likely not a day trip. There is lodging available at the North Rim, but availability is limited. The North Rim Lodge has a restaurant and other food service is available.
This is not part of the national park, and is often referred to as the "west rim," which is confusing to some as the West Rim in the South Rim portion of GCNP has been so named for over 100 years. Grand Canyon West is located
about 120 miles east of Las Vegas, NV. Home of the Grand
Canyon Skywalk. Grand Canyon West and the Skywalk are private enterprises of the Hualapai tribe and located on their tribal land. The only
place in the Canyon where you can helicopter to the bottom. There are only two public viewpoints of the canyon within this attraction, and any activity here requires a tribal entry fee and other fees depending on the activity. Lots of
activities for solo travelers and families (horseback riding, river
rafting, atv trips, authentic Indian village, petting zoo, and more). Entry here is not covered by GCNP entry fee or any National Parks passes. Part of the road to this attraction is unpaved and poorly maintained and is not recommended for rental vehicles.