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

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The North and the South Rims of the Grand Canyon

Map showing North, South, and West 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


Photo courtesy of Hualapai Nation

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.”

Access to Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon park seasons, accessibility, where the entrances and visitor centers are, and entrance fees. Read More...

Gateway Towns to the Grand Canyon

Towns in the greater Grand Canyon area are destinations in themselves. These include Tusayan, Williams, Kingman, Flagstaff, and Page. Read More...

Grand Canyon North Rim

Those visiting the remote North Rim (5-hour drive from South Rim) will be rewarded with a chance to see the canyon without the crowds. Read More...

Grand Canyon South Rim

Open 365 days a year, the South Rim offers plenty of activities, restaurants and, of course, gorgeous views. Read More...

Grand Canyon West Rim

The West Rim is privately owned and operated by the Hualapai Tribe. Walk on the Skywalk glass bridge over the Grand Canyon. Read More...