About Grand Canyon National Park

Start here for basic information about the park. Learn where the Grand Canyon is in Arizona. Find answers to the most frequently asked questions such as what to pack and how close you should get to wild animals. Are you planning a trip far in advance? Check our weather articles to learn what to expect in different seasons.

Grand Canyon National Park Seasonal Access

All entrances, facilities, and roads (barring road construction) are open during the summer vacation season. The North Rim of the national park is closed to wheeled vehicles during the winter. Many campgrounds also have seasonal opening and closing dates. Several times a year, all national parks have free days. Otherwise, entry fees apply.

Getting Around the Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon National Park is split into two by the Colorado River canyon. There are no vehicle bridges so it’s a long drive from the South Rim to the North Rim. Grand Canyon West is not in the national park and is owned by the Hualapai Nation. This is where the glass bridge Skywalk is located.

In the national park you’ll find visitor centers, museums, and scenic side roads. All major roads are accessible by RVs and other large vehicles, but some side roads are not. The national park has a shuttle bus service at the South Rim to the major trailheads and visitor centers. Otherwise, you’ll need a car, motorcycle, bike, or tour transportation to travel around the park.

FAQs about Grand Canyon Vacations

Where is it? How big is it? How old is it? How do I get there? All those questions answered right here. Read More...

History of the Grand Canyon Area

National monuments and historical sites, including cliff dwellings, pueblos, fossils and petrified forests, trading posts, mines and ghost towns. Read More...

Maps of Grand Canyon National Park

An overview map of both the North and South Rim, as well as the nearby major highways and interstates and gateway cities. Read More...

Native Americans of the Grand Canyon

The Havasupai Indians and the Hualapai Indians are two Native American tribes deeply embedded in the history and current culture of the Grand Canyon. Read More...

Places in the Grand Canyon

Find information about Grand Canyon National Park’s location, entrances, visitor centers and shuttle stops to get your logistics in order before your vacation. Read More...

Weather and Seasons at the Grand Canyon in Arizona

With an elevation spanning from around 2000 feet to over 8000 feet, the Grand Canyon experiences a variety of weather conditions. Read More...

Wildlife and Nature Conservation

Learn about efforts to protect and empower wild animals and the natural ecosystems inside Grand Canyon National Park and the surrounding landscapes. Read More...