Grand Canyon Travel Guide

  • Grand Canyon
    by renatojr3
  • Grand Canyon, South Rim
    Grand Canyon, South Rim
    by vichatherly
  • Grand Canyon, South Rim
    Grand Canyon, South Rim
    by vichatherly

Grand Canyon Things to Do

  • South Rim

    In a rainy day, the guide spent almost all day announcing the wonders of the sunset in the Grand Canyon. I thought it was just "guider's conversation" but, at the right moment (American efficiency) the clouds opened a small frame and... well... even the rainbow adhered to the party. Do not miss, and good luck.

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  • Air Tours

    Seen from the plane in our way from the Grand Canyon to Monument Valley, Rainbow Bridge seems a small accident in nature. Of course it isn’t and it was one of the strongest reasons why I was sorry the plane couldn’t land everywhere. It must be impressive, watching the arch from the ground, but I had no time for those long hours driving there.

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  • Mule Rides

    This is another personal reference tip ... I REALLY want to do the overnight Mule Ride down to Phantom ranch, but haven't had the chance YET. So this tip is to save the website info on South Rim rides, costs, needs, and booking directions. One interesting thing is that they offer porter/duffle service for hikers too! So you can walk down on your...

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Grand Canyon Hotels

Grand Canyon Restaurants

  • Steakhouse At The Grand Canyon

    2.5 out of 5 stars

    OK SO ME AND MY WIFE STOPPED THERE DUE TO THE AMOUNT OF CARS,RIGHT WE ALL SEE A LOT OF VEHICLES SO IT HAS TO BE GREAT FOOD......WELL WELL WELL DO NOT EAT THERE IT WAS NASTEY AND WE ARE FAR FROM THE WORD ( PICKY) EATERS.....HER SO CALLED TENDER STEAK WAS BURNT AND NASTEY I HAD THE 2 PORK CHOPS WELL IF U LIKE DRY MEAT OR BURNT MEAT THEN HAVE AT...

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  • Bright Angel

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    When staying at the Canyon your food choices are somewhat limited. We had breakfast at the Bright Angel since we were staying at the Lodge. The dining room looks like the inside of a Denny's. The view from the windows are nice and we were seated in a comfy booth. Our waitress was quite nice and kept calling us "darlin" (no "g" on the darling). We...

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  • Maswik

    3 out of 5 stars

    As you enter from the reception area, the cafeteria style eatery spreads out before you with several different types of cuisine. The food was passable, but I would not say good. My tuna a disappointment. The vegetables were reheated frozen with little taste. EVen the wine selection was .......hmmm?....colorful....red, rose and white. Fortunately,...

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Grand Canyon Nightlife

  • Nature Nights

    Two years ago my son and I were at Capital Reef in south central Utah. I had to go to the car and get an item and I happened to look up on a clear night. I yelled at my son to get out side and check out the night sky. We were both really impressed compared to the night sky in Iowa! Three weeks ago I was staying at the South Rim of The Grand Canyon...

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  • Lodge Lounge

    If your at the canyon though still want to catch the big game there is at least one option for this. Maswik lodge and cafeteria area has a sports bar with a large screen TV. Bright Angel has televisions though the bartender mentioned that at night there is a band that would play. El Tovar has a cocktail bar with regular size tv's. These places are...

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  • The Grand Canyon in Film

    When we checked into The Grand Canyon Squire Inn in Tusayan, we were given discount coupons to the IMAX theatre, which was a couple of blocks away. After a very long day of sightseeing, we made plans to see the 7:30 pm showing of the GRAND CANYON MOVIE. The film is promoted as the most watched IMAX movie ever, so we were prepared for some great...

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Grand Canyon Transportation

  • By Shuttle

    I used Arizona Shuttle in November 2011 to transfer from Phoenix, via Flagstaff to Grand Canyon Village and then returned to Flagstaff. Pick-up at Grand Canyon Village is from Mawick Lodge. A return ticket from Flagstaff to Grand Canyon Village and back cost me US$56.00 - which I thought very reasonable.

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  • By Car

    Our tours are designed for people who understand that every second in every moment of this tour (and life) is not perfect. The glass is half-full and we'll have fun with whatever parts splash out. We hope that by the end of the day that your Grand Canyon tour with us was the highlight of your trip.

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  • By Train

    The Grand Canyon Depot is only one of three remaining of 14 log depots built. This beautiful building is part of the Grand Canyon National Park Historic District and is a National Historic Landmark. It was designed by architect Francis W. Wilson of Santa Barbara, Calif., and built in 1909. Not far from the station is one of many historic building...

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Grand Canyon Shopping

  • Verkamp's Curios

    Since Grand Canyon Village seemed to be a central hub for those enjoying the sights of the Grand Canyon, we expected to have some difficulty finding a parking spot, but we found a space behind Verkamp's Curios. Verkamp's has been in business for over 100 years. There are a number of gift/souvenir shops throughout the Grand Canyon, but it's hard to...

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  • Cameron Trading Post

    I bought some Indian pottery from the Cameron Trading Post. I had stopped at 6 or 7 other locations to find what I was looking for. (road stand vendors) This place has a ton of different and unique products to buy. No wonder there were all kinds of tourist buses there! Indian made products and about everything else you could imagine! Slightly more...

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  • Grand Canyon Marketplace

    General Store at Market Plaza operates a full-service grocery and department store with camping equipment sales/ rental. Canyon souvenirs. Digital photo printing is available. Open daily year-round, 8am to 7pm, additional open hours vary seasonally. We opted to go in here and bought ourselves some sandwiches and drinks instead of eating in the...

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Grand Canyon Local Customs

  • Information

    A visit to any national park, including the Grand Canyon in the section controlled by the national parks authority is free of charge for the week of the national park. In 2011, it coincided with Easter weekend. Probably, this is a fixed date unlike the Easter celebration with its mobile dates. The saving might not be much but considering that other...

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  • No Litter

    Please don't litter. The National Parks are one of the last sacred areas for everyone to enjoy! Find the correct area the deposit what you want to get rid of. Most visitors do a nice job of keeping the Parks free of trash. Thank you!

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  • Grand Canyon Shot Glasses

    Having been an avid Collector of Refrigerator Magnets and Shot Glasses, I must buy a shot glass of The Iconic Grand Canyon here in the Visitor's Center of the South Rim in Maher's Point to be a part of my extensive colection of Shot Glasses at home and here, you can buy a variety of Shot Glasses as souvenir items at the Visitors Center which has...

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Grand Canyon Warnings and Dangers

  • Don't Fall

    There are no railings at West Rim. Everywhere you can go right to the edge. it is an unbelievable experience but it does not look as a good idea to go there with kids. In this case we would recommend South Rim, where they have railings.

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  • Hiking Hazards

    Get a pair of comfortable shoes. The way down the trail strains the front part of you feet (toes), while the way back up the trail is a real challenge to your calves, especially if you are carrying a rucksack. It will ruin the whole experience, if you are all blisters when you get back to the rim of the Canyon. The trail is well marked. You may...

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  • Fauna & Flora

    The elk in the park seem tame, they are not afraid of the tourists, and the tourist's cars. They love to munch the grass in the evenings. My best advice is for you NOT to get too close. If it is rutting season, they can be quite nasty all of a sudden. You don't want to get poked by those antlers. This elk put on a show for everyone, and we saw him...

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Grand Canyon Tourist Traps

  • High Prices

    We have to admit that lots of people do not like Sky Walk and West Rim experience for many reasons: the cost (especially for solo travelers), outrageously expensive food, a photo rip-off on Sky Walk, the long waits for each shuttle bus to go from the parking lot to each site, very limited options, tons of people around, unpaved roads etc. Some...

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  • Tusayan, AZ.

    We have stay there for 3 days, with the RV ,we have rent by Cruise America This was so beatiful to see. This is what you must seen, what in all these milljon years is happend, then yoy can seen that people are so little.

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  • Inconveniences

    If you are visiting the Grand Canyon at the South Rim, make sure to bring your children to the bathroom first before you head to the lookout. There are no bathrooms anywhere and the distance between the view park to the bookstore is abut 8-15 minutes walk. After parking, head to the bookstore to empty your bladders! Make sure to go to the...

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Grand Canyon What to Pack

  • Temperature Extremes

    Keep cool and hydrated in the summer heat, (especially if going down to the canyon floor) 1. Buy several BPA-free water bottles with insulating sleeves, (I like the Camelback better bottle and sleeve, which you can attach to your belt). Instead of filling with water, fill it with ice before you start your hike, as it melts it helps keep you cool....

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  • Boots

    Depending upon what time of year it is and how quickly it gets dark, you may need a flashlight. I was hiking last August and found myself trying to hike up the Soutrh Kaibab trail when I ran into another family with kids. I had the presence of mind to pack a flashlight. I asked the other family how they would be able to see going back up the trail...

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  • Camera / Plenty of Film

    Please I beg you bring a camera or two and plenty of film/digital memory cards, you will be so disappointed if you can't record the magnificent Grand Canyon on a few photographs. It is worth taking to many photos here, because it isn't worth the risk of not having a great photo to show your kids/grand kids.

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Grand Canyon Off The Beaten Path

  • Hoover Dam/Lake Mead

    The Mike O'Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge which is a Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge, was started in 2005 and finished in in October 19, 2010. It was intended to be a bypass bridge to lessen the bottleneck at Hoover Dam going to Arizona via US Route 93 since the hoover dam has only has 2 lanes. The Bridge is an all weather, multi-lane archway...

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  • Side Trips

    As you approach/leave the East entrance to the Grand Canyon, you have an opportunity to visit the Little Colorado River Gorge. Off the highway, it is a quarter mile walk to see the gorge. My family and I thought it was worth our time to stop.

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  • Native Americans

    Monument Valley is part of everybody's memories. Being there it's diving in your imagination, a sort of reincarnation in a past, where only the vehicles awake you to the reality of the present. Lucky Indians, those who can live a decent life sharing (at a price!) those marvels with the tourists! But what about the others, surviving in those dry,...

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Grand Canyon Sports & Outdoors

  • Hiking

    If you want a special hike in the Grand Canyon, go in the winter. I was there around dec 16th and it was perfect. No crowds, very quit and nice sunny weather for pictures with the snow. There can be fog in the mornings until 11 am. But if you want to hike down this should be no problem (ask the rangers). We had to return for a second day because...

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  • Quiet Snowy Winter Walk in the Grand...

    If you want a special hike in the Grand Canyon, go in the winter. I was there around dec 16th and it was perfect. No crowds, very quit and nice sunny weather for pictures with the snow. There can be fog in the mornings until 11 am. But if you want to hike down this should be no problem (ask the rangers). We had to return for a second day because...

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  • Hiking

    Two things:If you don't hike at least a little ways into the Grand Canyon you will miss a lot of the Grand Canyon experience! Things sure seem diferent below the rim!A couple of easy quick choices - The Bright Angel trail or the South Kaibab trail. See my Grand Canyon or home page for more information on these trails.Some people will be a bit more...

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Grand Canyon Favorites

  • Sunrise / Sunset

    Wow, do I look tired in this picture! But I still want to show it to you, because it was the best memory I have about my visit to the Grand Canyon. I love sunsets and this is one I will never forget. I started that day very early in the morning, leaving from Las Vegas. I only had a few hours of sleep that night. I was in Las Vegas, and of course...

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  • Rim, South

    A few days after our stay at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon our route took us to the much more crowded South Rim. Our plan all along had been to visit the North Rim, but we were passing so close it seemed crazy not to detour for another look at this amazing spectacle. Perhaps because of those crowds, or because we had experienced such magic...

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  • Observation Points

    Driving along Desert View Drive, we didn't have to fight the crowds on the special sunset shuttles. We went to watch the sunset but didn't hit it lucky for a great one. And it was COLD at night! Bring a heavy jacket if you go watch the sunset. It takes about 20 minutes to drive here from the park entrance.

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Comments (2)

  • goodfish's Profile Photo
    Mar 28, 2013 at 6:46 AM

    Alert 3/28/2013: for travelers from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon or Flagstaff to Page, note that a section of 89 from Bitter Springs to Page is closed due to landslide damage. Detours are expected until the road can be opened again. Reference this website for map and updates: http://www.azdot.gov/us89/

  • goodfish's Profile Photo
    Feb 25, 2013 at 7:23 AM

    Can't visit the Grand Canyon in person? Take a virtual hike! Our local Star Tribune had a little article from Cronkite News Service announcing new google street views of Bright Angel, South Kaibab and several other trails and locations at the canyon. No boots needed: take a look at: maps.google.com/help/maps/st...

 
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