Grand Canyon Visitor Centers

There are several visitor centers throughout the Grand Canyon where you can find helpful information about the park.
Grand Canyon Visitor Center. Photo by Whit Richardson

Grand Canyon Visitor Center. Photo by Whit Richardson

Grand Canyon Visitor Center

Open daily, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Located near Mather Point, this large facility is the first stopping point for many South Rim visitors. Watch the natural and cultural history film Grand Canyon: A Journey of Wonder; the 20-minute film starts on the half hour. Rangers are available to answer questions, and kiosks outside provide 24-hour information on park activities and attractions. There's also an incredible theater-in-the-round where visitors can sit on benches and watch the geologic history of the Grand Canyon unfold on a film projected on a sphere. There are water bottle refilling stations outside the building.

The Grand Canyon Association Books and More store is next door. A paved walkway leads to scenic Mather Point and Mather Amphitheater where there are daily ranger programs. Four large lots with ample free parking and a shuttle stop make this a good place to leave your car for the day.

Verkamp's Visitor Center

Open daily, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Located in Grand Canyon Village, Verkamp's was built in 1906 and was a gift shop for nearly a century. The park service recently turned it into a visitor center that focuses on pioneer history of Grand Canyon with interpretive displays, a bookstore and ranger programs.

Desert View Visitor Center

Open daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Located near the park's East Entrance at Desert View Point, 25 miles east of Grand Canyon Village. Rangers are on hand to answer questions. There is a bookstore, snack shop, and interpretive displays focusing on how Grand Canyon has inspired artists, writers, and musicians.

Backcountry Information Center

Open daily, 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 pm. Located behind Maswik Lodge, the center is staffed with helpful backcountry rangers who are available to answer questions about backpacking or day hiking in the park. They also issue backcountry permits but no river permits. The large, free parking area here is a good place to leave your car and hop a shuttle to the trailhead.


Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West in Scottsdale, AZ. Photo by Andrew Horne via Wikimedia Commons

Many Museums in Grand Canyon Region

One of the best ways to experience the Grand Canyon area's rich and diverse culture is to explore its museums. Lucky for visitors, there are many.

Kayla among the deer

Grand Canyon Deer Farm in Williams

Pet and feed friendly fallow deer. Get kissed by a camel. See baby animals. The Grand Canyon Deer Farm is a fun stop for visitors of all ages.

Backcountry Information Center. Photo by Whit Richardson

Do I Need a Backcountry Permit in the Grand Canyon?

If you wish to camp anywhere in the park, other than in developed campgrounds on the North Rim, South Rim, or Tuweep, you must obtain a permit from the Backcountry Information Center.


Go Fishing in Grand Canyon Region

There's nothing like standing in the river as its currents surround you and pass you by. The Grand Canyon region is full of world-class rivers that provide visitors with a great abundance and variety of fishing opportunities.

Geology Display in Grand Canyon

Get a First Hand Look at the Earth's Geology in the Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is one of the only places in the world where visitors can hold a chunk of rock that's nearly 2 billion years old.

Mountain Lions

Mountain Lions in the Grand Canyon

Mountain lions are common within Grand Canyon National Park, but visitors rarely see them since they tend to blend in and do not actively approach people.

Map of the North Rim of the Grand Canyon

Download PDF Map of the North Rim and Grand Canyon Lodge

Find a visitor center, a lodge porch with a grand view, campgrounds, and hiking trails at this quieter side of the Grand Canyon, open seasonally.

Desert Spiny Lizard

Reptiles of the Grand Canyon

There are approximately 47 species of reptiles, including lizards and snakes, in the national park.

Biking along the Rim Trail.

Grand Canyon Bicycle FAQ

Bring your own bike or rent one in the Grand Canyon. Ride the shuttle, ride on park roads, camp with your bike, and where you can't bike in the National Park.