In Tusayan near Grand Canyon National Park's South Rim, you'll find exhibits, park advice and the IMAX movie "The Grand Canyon: the Hidden Secrets."

Just minutes from Grand Canyon's South Rim Entrance sits the Grand Canyon Visitor Center in Tusayan, Ariz. 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 Jeep Tours, and you'll find an Adventure Store with products from Columbia, Yeti and Kuhl. And you can eat at the Explorers Cafe with Pizza Hut Express.

IMAX Theater

Audience watching an IMAX movie at the Grand Canyon Visitor Center in Tusayan, Ariz.

Audience watching an IMAX movie at the National Geographic Grand Canyon Visitor Center.

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 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 tops on the area. You also can pick up area maps. Whether you choose to descend into the Grand Canyon or stand at the edge and peer over, having seen the IMAX film will give you a greater understanding of the magnificent natural wonder.

For more information:
(928) 638-2468


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