|Facilities: Restrooms, drinking water, and many campsites are provided at both the North Rim and South Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park. Groceries and supplies are available on the South Rim at a general store (both in Grand Canyon Village and at Desert View). There is a small camper store on the North Rim, adjacent to the North Rim Campground. The Visitors Center for the South Rim is located just east of Grand Canyon Village, approximately 6 miles north of the south entrance. The Visitor Center for the North Rim of the Grand Canyon is located in the lobby of Grand Canyon Lodge.|
Best Time To Visit: The South Rim of the Grand Canyon is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Visitor services and facilities inside the National Park on the North Rim are only open from mid-May to mid-October, weather permitting.
Fees: An entrance fee is charged when visiting the Grand Canyon National Park. Overnight camping fees may also apply. A hiking permit is necessary to anyone who plans on staying in the Grand Canyon overnight. Contact the park for further information.
Accessibility: Facilities vary a great deal. Please contact Grand Canyon National Park for a copy of the park's free 8-page Accessibility Guide. None of the hiking trails are accessible, but riding a mule may be an option.Many of the facilities at Grand Canyon are historic and built before current accessibility standards were set. The terrain is rugged with narrow, rocky trails and steep cliffs. Visitors using wheelchairs or who have visual impairments may need assistance. The National Park Service provides wheelchairs for temporary day use by park visitors. No rental fee is charged. Wheelchairs are usually available on the South Rim at Canyon View Information Plaza, and on the North Rim at the Visitor Center and Grand Canyon Lodge.All park shuttle buses are wheelchair accessible.An Accessibility Permit may also be obtained in the park at entrance gates, the visitor center at Canyon View Information Plaza, Yavapai Observation Station, Kolb Studio, El Tovar registration desk, and the Bright Angel Lodge transportation desk.The Accessibility Permit allows access to some areas closed to private vehicles, and acts as a temporary parking permit for designated parking.
Rules: Please obey all posted rules. Pets must be leashed at all times. On the South Rim, leashed pets are allowed on trails above the rim, Mather Campground, Desert View Campground, Trailer Village and throughout the developed areas.Pets are not permitted below the rim, in park lodging (hotel rooms),or on park buses.Geocaching is not permitted in Grand Canyon National Park or in any area managed by the National Park Service.
Directions: To reach the Grand Canyon National Park from Grand Canyon, Arizona take Highway 180 north. To reach Grand Canyon National Park (South Rim) from Williams, Arizona take AZ 64 north.To reach the Grand Canyon National Park (South Rim) from Kingman, Arizona take I-40 east to AZ 64. Take AZ 64 north to the south rim.To reach the Grand Canyon National Park (North Rim) from Jacob Lake, Arizona travel 44 miles south via Highway 67.There is only one way to cross the Canyon by automobile, and that is 137 miles km from the South Rim Village (at Marble Canyon, AZ) via the Navajo Bridge, a few miles downstream from Lees Ferry, where the Canyon is only 400 feet wide.There is no longer an airstrip on the North Rim of the park. That means that the North Rim village may only be reached by driving all the way around - or by hiking across the canyon.GPS Coordinates are for the South Rim visitors center.
Map: Click here for a map to Grand Canyon National Park
Reservations: Reservations are accepted to camp in the Grand Canyon National Park. This is a highly visited park, and if visitors decide to camp anywhere within the Grand Canyon National Park, it is highly recommended that they get reservations first.Reservations are not needed or required to visit Grand Canyon National Park.Permits are required for all overnight hikes; permits must be obtained in person or by written request (phone reservations are not accepted). Write and request a copy of the Grand Canyon National Park's Backcountry Trip Planner for additional information on backpacking in the park. Permits are not required for day hikes.