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Best way to get from Flagstaff to Grand Canyon

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Best way to get from Flagstaff to Grand Canyon

Can anyone advise the best transport there is to get an SA family of 5 from Flagstaff to Best Western Grand Canyon on Dec for new year as weather permitting, advisable to catch buses or trains or drive?

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1. Re: Best way to get from Flagstaff to Grand Canyon

Drive. Take Hwy 89 to Cameron and turn left at AZ64 to get up to the east gate of the park at Desert View. Follow AZ64 through the park and exit at the main gate at Tusayan. Continue on AZ64 down to Williams and then I-40 back to Flagstaff.

180 is also in option from AZ64 at Valle down to Flag, but I don't recommend it in winter.

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2. Re: Best way to get from Flagstaff to Grand Canyon

Many thanks although we are quite reluctant to drive ourselves, are there bus services or trains?

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3. Re: Best way to get from Flagstaff to Grand Canyon

How are you getting to Flagstaff?

There is a shuttle service from Flagstaff to GCNP with several daily departures.

arizonashuttle.com

The Best Western Grand Canyon is outside the park and about 15 miles from the canyon rim. There is no shuttle running from Tusayan into the park in December. You might have to take a taxi into the park and back.

There may not be good availability, but it would be a far better experience to stay in a park lodge.

grandcanyonlodges.com

The best way is to drive. The area is not mountainous as far as where you would be driving, and the driving is mostly on the level and straight. There might be snow, but it is cleared quickly. Driving conditions are usually very good.

Edited: 2:53 pm, October 23, 2012
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4. Re: Best way to get from Flagstaff to Grand Canyon

Addition: All the roads to and within GCNP are paved and very well-maintained.

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5. Re: Best way to get from Flagstaff to Grand Canyon

I second the advice to use Arizona Shuttle if you don't want to drive (which is understandable given the disorientation you'll already have given the distance you've traveled).

Keep looking for lodging options inside the park. As Bob said, getting into the park from the Best Western in Tusayan will present another challenge.

Finally, sounds like you are aware that weather can be very unpredictable at that time of year. You could experience very pleasant (but cold) days or it could snow so hard, you can't actually make the trip to the canyon on the day you plan. It is advisable to keep an eye on the weather forecasts so you can try to arrange your travel up to the park earlier if a big snow is on the way rather than miss out altogether.

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6. Re: Best way to get from Flagstaff to Grand Canyon

Overcome your reluctance to drive. The roads are all good and you'll have a much better time.

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7. Re: Best way to get from Flagstaff to Grand Canyon

if you decide to drive, be sure to notice which part of the south rim you are heading for. In Flagstaff there is a sign on the highway that points out two options: one leads to the visitors center and the other does not.

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8. Re: Best way to get from Flagstaff to Grand Canyon

One route (89 to Cameron and AZ64 takes you to the east gate at Desert View. Other routes, including 180 from Flagstaff, takes you to AZ64 at Valle and then north to the main gate at Tusayan.

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