Trips to see America's grandest canyon come with a small price tag.
A seven-day pass costs $35/vehicle at the Grand Canyon National Park entrance stations, effective June 1, 2018, and is valid at the North and South rims. You also can purchase the Grand Canyon National Park Annual Pass for $70, effective June 1, 2018, 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.
As of summer 2018, visitors may now purchase park passes online at www.yourpassnow.com/ParkPass/park/grca. Print your receipt in advance or show it to a ranger at the park entrance station on a smart phone. However, cell phone reception can be limited to non-existent at the park, so we recommend you download your receipt and be sure your cell phone is charged or print out your receipt just in case you do not have cell phone reception.
The cost for online passes is the same as those purchased at the park gate or in the gateway community of Tusayan.
The Best Deals
Don’t forget fourth-graders and their families get in free. Print out a paper voucher at everykidinapark.gov 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.