How Much Does the Grand Canyon Cost?

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Ranger William Reese giving out info to a couple in Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona.

Ranger William Reese giving out info to a couple in Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. 

Trips to see America's grandest canyon come with a small price tag.

A seven-day pass costs $30/vehicle at the Grand Canyon National Park entrance stations and is valid at the North and South rims. You also can purchase the Grand Canyon National Park Annual Pass for $60 for 12 months of unlimited visits.

Planning on visiting more than one park this year? Consider the America the Beautiful annual pass for $80. It is honored at all federally managed land units (national parks, national forests, national monuments, etc.) It's good for a year from the month of purchase. You can pick one up at any national park entrance station.

The Best Deals

Don’t forget fourth-graders and their families get in free. Print out a paper voucher at and present the voucher at a national park entrance station to get your one-year complimentary pass. 

The best deal is national park lifetime passes for those 62 and older are only $80. If you have a young family, you might want to take the grandparents along on vacation. The whole car can get into the park with the senior pass and the memories created will be priceless.

Active military receive free annual parks passes for themselves and their dependents when they show a military ID. Travelers under 16 years of age, as well as those visiting parks for educational or scientific purposes, also receive an entrance waiver. And if you have a permanent disability and show documentation, you get in for free and get a discount on camping.

Don't fit those categories? Hit your favorite park on a free admission day. There are usually 6 free days every year.

Park fees go toward trail renovation, facility maintenance and road repairs.


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

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.