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.

National park ranger wearing a face mask and gloves to protect against COVID-19

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Early morning at the Lookout Studio in Grand Canyon National Park

Visit Grand Canyon Virtually

You don’t have to visit Grand Canyon National Park to experience its spectacular attractions like Hopi Point, Bright Angel Trail and Phantom Ranch.

Hiking in the Grand Canyon

Winner of the Grand 6 Road Trip to 6 National Parks in Utah and Arizona

This trip takes you to all 5 of Utah's national parks plus the Grand Canyon for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Enter through Feb 23, 2021.

Lake Powell

Neighboring Parks

View nearby Lake Powell, Lake Mead, Monument Valley, Utah's five national parks as well as recreation areas, state parks, and national forests.

Sunset at Desert View in the Grand Canyon.

48 Hours in the South Rim of the Grand Canyon

Get ready for adventure. Here are some of our favorite things to do while at the South Rim from biking in solitude to exploring some of the rim’s most historic treasures.

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.

Hiker at Bright Angel Point on the Grand Canyon's North Rim

10 Best Things to do in the Grand Canyon

What to do and see on your Grand Canyon vacation. Go hiking, ride a train or a mule, raft down the Colorado River, and more.

Couple at the Grand Canyon

What to Pack for Your Grand Canyon Vacation

How do you pack for vacation in this desert climate? Here are the top 21 items to bring along with you to the Grand Canyon.

Sunset reflected off the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon

8 Ways to Live in the Moment, Grand Canyon Style

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I Wonder...

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

Glamping, 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.