Places in the Grand Canyon

Where is the Grand Canyon?

The Grand Canyon was carved out by the Colorado River in northern Arizona in the United States. The northeast end of the Grand Canyon starts at Lake Powell and the city of Page at the Utah-Arizona border. The western end of the Grand Canyon is where the Colorado River empties into Lake Mead at the Arizona-Nevada border.

Map of the Grand Canyon location in the United States

Map showing North, South, and West Rims of the Grand Canyon

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The North and the South Rims of the Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is about a mile deep and separates the Grand Canyon area into the North Rim and the South Rim. In general though, when people mention the rims, they are talking about the national park villages on the eastern part of the canyon that are developed with overlooks and hotels by the National Park Service.

There are no bridges for vehicles going from the North Rim to the South Rim. It is about a five-hour drive to get from the North Rim Village to the South Rim Village.

Indian Nations at the Grand Canyon

Most of the Grand Canyon lies within Grand Canyon National Park and is managed by the National Park Service. Some areas bordering the Grand Canyon rims are owned by Native Nations. The Navajo Indian Reservation is on the east end. The Havasupai Indian Reservation is on the south-central side of the Grand Canyon. And the Hualapai Indian Reservation is on the southwest side of the Grand Canyon, commonly referred to as “Grand Canyon West” or the “West Rim.”

Accessing the Grand Canyon

Parts of Grand Canyon National Park are seasonal. The South Rim is open year-round, but the North Rim is closed during the winter because of snow and road conditions.

The Grand Canyon has three park entrances, two at the South Rim and One at the North Rim. There is a fee to enter the National Park payable at these entrances. Once inside the park and in Tusayan, you will find visitor centers with helpful information.