Just minutes from Grand Canyon’s South Rim Entrance sits the Grand Canyon Visitor Center in Tusayan, Ariz. Head here to learn more about the canyon and area attractions. For more than 25 years, the center has welcomed visitors and shared the area’s history through exhibits. The friendly, knowledgeable staff are a great resource for all things related to Grand Canyon.
You also can purchase a Grand Canyon park pass and pick up free maps and information. The free Grand Canyon National Park Shuttle leaves seasonally from here. So do guided Pink Adventure Tours, and you’ll find an Adventure Store with products from Columbia, Yeti and Kuhl. And you can eat at the Explorers Cafe and enjoy fresh deli sandwiches, Pizza Hut pizza and ice cream.
Soar past towering cliffs and raft through huge rapids when you watch the IMAX movie Grand Canyon: The Hidden Secrets.
The 34-minute film is a fantastic start to your Grand Canyon adventure as it carries you on a journey that spans 4,000 years of Grand Canyon history. It begins with the native people who lived there and includes a recreation of John Wesley Powell’s 1869 boating expedition through the Grand Canyon.
The film, which is shown on a six-story-high screen, is shown every hour on the half hour during business hours, which change seasonally. Insider’s tip: buy your IMAX tickets online at explorethecanyon.com to save 20 percent. While at the visitor center, buy your park pass, good for seven days. At no extra cost, it will enable you to use a special entry lane and avoid payment lines at the park entrance station.
The staff can help give you information and tips on the area. You also can pick up area maps. Whether you choose to hike down into the Grand Canyon or stand at the edge and peer over, seeing the IMAX film will give you a greater understanding of this magnificent natural wonder.
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