Grand Canyon National Park Things to Do

  • Lookout Studio-view of Bright Angel
    Lookout Studio-view of Bright Angel
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  • Supai Tunnel carved out of rock
    Supai Tunnel carved out of rock
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  • View of roling buttes on horizon
    View of roling buttes on horizon
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Most Viewed Things to Do in Grand Canyon National Park

  • 1. Overlooks and Points

    Our group on this trip included my husband, my children and my children's friend Charlie. We took a jeep tour of the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas. Most of the pictures I have are of us posing in front...

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  • 2. Sunset/Sunrise

    We stayed at the Grand Canyon for 2 entire days and we learned that the only way to enjoy the chameleon like splender of the canyon is to see its subtle changes over the course of one day. But of...

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  • 3. Rim, South

    Located along the Rim Trail just east of the main lodge areas and Grand Canyon Railway train station, this little store provides a number of books and maps that are useful for those wishing to tour...

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  • 4. Hikes

    I've never stood behind a waterfall before - not one this tall and majestic and isolated. We woke up at Phantom Ranch in the morning after hiking down the Grand Canyon the day before. And while we're...

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  • 5. Mule Rides

    For anyone not feeling like hiking into the canyon it is possible to book a mule ride. The ride will take you to Plateau Point on a day trip or all the way to the river on a two day trip. If...

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  • 6. Bright Angel Trail

    You will find dozens of tips already written on the Bright Angel Trail, just here on Virtualtourist. This doesn't even begin to scratch the surface of the assorted hiking guides to the region you will...

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  • 7. Rim, North

    This was a rather grueling hike down the mountain-and then of course back up. It took close to 2 hours for a 6 miles round trip. I went to and past the Supai tunnel for a ways. Elevation is 1400 feet;...

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  • 8. Mather Point

    Mather Point is one of the popular destinations in the South Rim area of the Grand Canyon. It is extremely crowded, and you may have to wait a while to get to the location you want to get to in order...

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  • 9. Colorado River

    We don't really know how the Grand Canyon was formed. It antedates all of us living today. We suspect that it was primarily carved by erosion, from water (and ice) and the wind. The course of the...

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  • 10. Information

    At various location through the park, it is possible to get a cell phone signal (but just barely - the towers are few and far between thankfully so as to preserve the view as much as possible). While...

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  • 11. Flora/ Fauna

    Groups of deer are often found around the Grand Canyon Village and you just have to keep your eyes wide open. They often blend with the grass, but sometimes big ones just walk the road in groups or...

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  • 12. Scenery

    Coming from the east, this is your first encounter with the Canyon. You see the Colorado as it makes its huge sweep from southflowing to the west. The Marble Canyon section in the north expanding into...

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  • 13. Outside the Park

    After we left the Grand Canyon National Park, our next destination was Mesa Verde. This is more than just a daytrip away from the Grand Canyon although you could probably drive there in one day.We...

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  • 14. Watchtower

    This tower was designed and built by the architect Mary Colter in 1932. I think the picture may have someone in my family that has climbed it at the top. I don't remember whether I climbed it or not....

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  • 15. Rim, West/East

    The east rim drive is longer and less crowded than the south and west entrances to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. The drive from Flagstaff passes through the Kaibab National Forest and the Painted...

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  • 16. Hiking and more hiking

    This is THE best thing to do at the South Rim. Shuttles are fine if you must but you'll see and experience a lot more on foot. You'll also get some relief from...

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  • 17. Day hiking: North Rim

    This is a great place to day hike. There are a bunch of trails for everyone from coach potato to long-haulers with scenery ranging from rim panoramas to...

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  • 18. Both Rims: What to do?

    The excellent NPS website has a TON of great information for planning a trip to the canyon but, judging from the amount of questions I see on the forums about...

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  • 19. Hug a Ranger

    Just kidding. Gotta put in a plug here for the men and women of the NPS, though. We've come into contact with a lot of rangers in the parks and they're the best...

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  • 20. Camping at the North/South Rims

    We didn't tent but were through the North Rim campground several times on our way to the general store for coffee and hiking supplies. The trail (Transept) from...

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  • 21. Fishing for Trout

    I was so excited when I heard there was fishing at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. I'm not a bigger fisher person - I don't have my own poles and I don't always...

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  • 22. SAnta Fe Railroad-Amtrak

    This is still in use, and a number of people come to the park on a train. The ride is from Williams Arizona (60 miles south) to Grand CAnyon. This was built in...

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  • 23. North Rim -Lodge

    This is 80 years celebration of the finishing of the lodge. It is not changed at all; maybe some upgrades, and the new lodge that was built over the first in...

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  • 24. Bright Angel Lodge

    This is the main anchor of where people come and congregate. It gets very clustered around the back door on the trail. Many buses come here and drop off...

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  • 25. Kolb Studio-Lookout Studio-O'Neil cabin

    These are three sites near the Bright Angel lodge and worth the walk along rim trail to get to see the insides. The Kolb Studio is now a gift shop, was built in...

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