Explore Grand Canyon National Park

Without the Colorado River, one of the Seven Wonders of the World wouldn’t exist. Digging deep into 1.8 billion-year-old rock, the river revealed ancient history and unlocked thousands of stories while forming the Grand Canyon. Today, the stunning mile-deep canyon is protected as a national park. While people often refer to Grand Canyon National Park as one place, there are actually several distinct areas you can visit including the popular the south rim and quiet north rim. Browse our pages to plan your own personal trip of a lifetime.

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Guided Tours

Get the most from your Grand Canyon vacation by taking a guided tour.

Hiking in the Grand Canyon

Win a Route 66 Grand Canyon Vacation

Drive the iconic stretch of the Mother Road from New Mexico to Arizona, ending with a 3-day Grand Canyon hiking vacation with lodging and meals.

Hiking the Bright Angel Trail. Photo by Whit Richardson

Best Grand Canyon Hiking Trails

The Grand Canyon has hundreds of miles of hiking trails, most departing from the South Rim Village or the North Rim Village.

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There are three rims to the Grand Canyon – north, south, and west – with long driving distances between. The South Rim houses Grand Canyon Village and has the most developed attractions. The West Rim is the location of the Skywalk glass bridge. Tusayan, Flagstaff, Page, Kingman, Williams, and Sedona are gateway towns close to the park with many hotels, camping areas, and attractions all their own.

Most people drive to the park. check out our road trip ideas. If you fly, the nearest international airports include Phoenix, Arizona, Salt Lake City, Utah, and Las Vegas, Nevada. Once you get to the park, you will need a car or tour transportation to get around the more remote park roads. However, the South Rim has shuttles and bike rentals during the high season.

Where should I stay on my Grand Canyon vacation?

There are several campgrounds and lodges inside the park. There are also many lodging options in gateway towns to the South Rim. Depending on the season, you will need to reserve hotels and campgrounds well in advance.

El Tovar Hotel and Restaurant at the Grand Canyon's South Rim.

Hotels and Cabins

Visitors to northern Arizona will find lots of hotels to choose from to fit every need and budget near the North, South and West Rims and in the park.

Mather Campground in Grand Canyon National Park

Campgrounds & RV Parks

Sleep under the stars inside the national park. The greater Grand Canyon region is also chock full of campgrounds and RV Parks.

Visit the many overlooks on top of the canyon for views that change with the time of day. Scour the skies to see endangered condors and falcons fly overhead. And at night stargaze at the deep dark skies lit up with the Milky Way.

Hiking, mule riding, rafting, museum browsing, and air tours are the main activities here. See our list of the top ten things to do in the park and beyond. Are you prepared for desert weather? Be careful of the heat and bring a bottle to top off at our water filling stations.