Just minutes from Grand Canyon's South Rim Entrance sits The National Geographic 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. Guided Pink Jeep Tours leave from here, and you'll find a National Geographic Store, Explorers Cafe with Pizza Hut Express and much more.
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 book one of the exciting National Geographic tours, many of which include an IMAX ticket. 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.
Fun Way to Support Condors
Purchase plush condors, falcons and other toy critters at the visitors center to support condors in the Grand Canyon. Then pose with your critter for social media photos. Read more about the Adopt-a-Condor Program at explorethecanyon.com/adopt-a-condor.
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