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!
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.Get directions
$25 per private vehicle. Foot entry $12 per person.
Same as adult.
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!
There is camping and lodging available at both the south and north rim, but everything at the north rim is seasonal too.
There are plenty of gift shops to grab some items to remember your INCREDIBLE experience by!
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.
The least crowded time is Nov to Feb so consider that if you want less crowds!