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Grand Canyon National Park Flagstaff

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Grand Canyon National Park
Grand Canyon
Flagstaff
AZ
86023
Tel: 928-638-7888

Directions

The South Rim is located 60 miles north of Williams, Arizona (via Route 64 from I-40) and 80 miles northwest of Flagstaff (via Route 180). The North Rim is located 30 miles south of Jacob Lake on Hwy 67; and the canyon rim is an additional 14 miles south. Keep updated on any road closures in the area.

Where are we going today?

Everyone has heard of the Grand Canyon, and it would be a shame to not tick it off the list! It's an incredible feat of nature.

The Grand Canyon National Park has two entrances - the south rim and the north rim. Both locations offer incredible views of the canyon (you'd be hard to be close to it anywhere and not get an incredible view, to be fair!)

The South Rim and Desert View are open all year round and offer a number of fun activities to make your day extra special.

Kids will love the free ranger programs, where they can learn more about nature, science, culture and history all related to this incredible Canyon. Kids can even be a Junior Ranger - pretty cool!

You can learn more about the canyon at the visitor center or one of the museums, or enjoy the park orientation film shown at the visitor center which gives you a fascinating insight into this marvel on earth.

What better way to see the canyon than to explore it! Walking and hiking is welcomed and a very popular activity at the Grand Canyon National Park. The walking paths are well defined, and there are a number of trails you can follow. You can day hike in and around the canyon, or even backpack overnight BELOW the rim! (Make sure you get a permit).

Want to channel John Wayne and climb aboard that trusty steed and make your way into the canyon on horseback? There are South Rim Mule Trips offered all year round, with canyon vista rides which take 3 hours, and even overnight rides where you head to the base of the canyon and stay at a very cool ranch!

There are Indian ruins to be explored, bikes to rent, and even white water rafting to challenge yourself with! (Trips last from 3 days to 21).

The North Rim is only open mid-May to mid-October, and offers mule trips and scenic day hikes. 

Grand Canyon National Park should be on everyone's bucket list! It's an incredible part of the USA and one that kids will never forget! 

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$25 per private vehicle. Foot entry $12 per person.
  • ChildrenSame as adult.
LAST UPDATED 2016

When can we go?

South Rim: 24 hours a day.

South Rim is open 365 days a year. North Rim open mid-May to mid-Oct.

I'm Hungry!

There are plenty of places to grab some food at both the south and north rim (north rim is seasonal). Or just put a picnic together and enjoy a family lunch or dinner (or breakfast!) out with the canyon view!.

Any Top Tips?

There is camping and lodging available at both the south and north rim, but everything at the north rim is seasonal too..

Need a little extra help?

Many of the facilities at the Grand Canyon are historic, with rugged terrain and rocky trails (unfortunately when these were built there were no accessibility standards set!)

All park shuttle buses are wheelchair accessible, and ask about assistance and the best places to visit with a wheelchair at the visitor center. .

Can I get one of those?

There are plenty of gift shops to grab some items to remember your INCREDIBLE experience by!.

More information

The least crowded time is Nov to Feb so consider that if you want less crowds! .

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    You have to see to believe. It's a wonderful place to see. There is so much to do there it's so hard to choose what to see or do first. Not something small children would enjoy, but preteens and above should be able to appreciate the grandness of it all.

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    I found it very satisfying. I loved seeing the scenery. It's not too dangerous if you bring small children because most of it has a railing. I would keep a sharp eye out for them though because there are a few places that don't have railings (which are great for beautiful pictures with you or your friends who are a bit on the adventurous side) I am not joking when I say it looks exactly like it does in pictures or postcards. Its just bigger. It looks like you have just zoomed into the picture. It is really breathtaking but I would not recommend...Read More

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    beautiful. One of the amazing things that I have seen.. breath taking views. just awesome. loved every moment i was there.. We went to South rim and it was just fantastic.

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    My husband and I visited the North Rim Saturday the 18th of October of 2014.. Our overall view of the park was great as far as the scenery. We was quite upset when we entered the park and the park ranger actually questioned my husband being handicapped. Being handicapped gives you some privileges such as entering national and state parks free of charge and being able to camp in them at minimal prices. The parks supply you with a pass to get into the parks, when we went to enter the Grand Canyon North Rim on Oct. 18, 2104 the ranger was actually...Read More

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    Words can not do justice to the experience . The canyon is like a painting that changes throughout the day as colors change while the sun sets. The Canyon Rim walk at sunset is spectacular. My daughters did the South Kiabab trail with guide Dylan from Grand Canyon Hostile in Flagstaff (highly recommended) . I was amazed at how many people with young children where on out cropping ledges with sheer drops to canyon floor. Please take time to educate yourselves of the environment you are visiting. Water, salty food and precautions needed to venture...Read More

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by Ashley Poprik

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I found it very satisfying. I loved seeing the scenery. It's not too dangerous if you bring small children because most of it has a railing. I would keep a sharp eye out for them though because there are a few places that don't have railings (which are great for beautiful pictures with you or your friends who are a bit on the adventurous side) I am not joking when I say it looks exactly like it does in pictures or postcards. Its just bigger. It looks like you have just zoomed into the picture. It is really breathtaking but I would not recommend it if you are looking for some activities there. There are mule rides and a million photo options but other then that there isn't a whole lot to do there. The mule rides are amazing and it takes you from the North Rim of the canyon to the very bottom. It is fun for all ages, but I must warn you, their smell is very unpleasant. All in all, I'd say, it was one of the best trips I have ever taken.

by Clarice Wayman

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My husband and I visited the North Rim Saturday the 18th of October of 2014.. Our overall view of the park was great as far as the scenery. We was quite upset when we entered the park and the park ranger actually questioned my husband being handicapped. Being handicapped gives you some privileges such as entering national and state parks free of charge and being able to camp in them at minimal prices. The parks supply you with a pass to get into the parks, when we went to enter the Grand Canyon North Rim on Oct. 18, 2104 the ranger was actually questioning my husband being handicapped. She first was an expert in Signatures saying my husbands signature didn't match. After that she questioned him being handicapped. She stated that to be handicapped you had to be severely disabled to where it impacts your life. I just wonder where she got all her expertise knowledge...she must have a BS in something...it definitely was not in public relations.

by Timothy Cardillo

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Words can not do justice to the experience . The canyon is like a painting that changes throughout the day as colors change while the sun sets. The Canyon Rim walk at sunset is spectacular. My daughters did the South Kiabab trail with guide Dylan from Grand Canyon Hostile in Flagstaff (highly recommended) . I was amazed at how many people with young children where on out cropping ledges with sheer drops to canyon floor. Please take time to educate yourselves of the environment you are visiting. Water, salty food and precautions needed to venture around and below rim will serve you well. Respect the fact that you can loose your life here very quickly. It is a must see to believe wonder.

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