Grand Canyon National Park Travel Guide

  • Grand Canyon National Park
    by Lalany10
  • Grand Canyon National Park
    by Lalany10
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    Another view of Angel window
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Grand Canyon National Park Things to Do

  • 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 of the Canyon or pretending to fall or climb up. There was a ledge below where we were that we were standing on, of course. Most of the photos were...

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  • Rim, South

    5 out of 5 stars

    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 the Grand Canyon area. The museum provides a number of historical items and a timeline of the development of the canyon. At one time, this building was...

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  • 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 course we didn't want to stay at one point the entire day we had to look for an alternative. Therefore sunrise and sunset are some of the best times to...

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Grand Canyon National Park Hotels

  • Yavapai Lodge

    We decided to go to Grand Canyon on a labor day weekend within the same week, on that Wednesday...

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  • Bar 10 Ranch

    Parashant National Monument, PO Box 910088, St. George, UT 84791-0088, Arizona, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Phantom Ranch

    With only 1 place to stay at the bottom of the canyon in a national park that has over 5 million...

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Grand Canyon National Park Restaurants

  • Yavapai -Canyon Cafeteria

    The Canyon Cafe is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This cafe or cafeteria rather is not one of the fancy restaurants. The place looks like any other cafeterias out there, in your office buildings or high schools. But it is quite a cozy place to eat in. Try to get a table where the open terrace is located. It's nice to have a meal under the...

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  • Options

    3 out of 5 stars

    The Grand Canyon Village has just about anything you could possibly need. It is like a small town within the National Park boundary. There's a laundromat, showers, supermarket, post office, gift shop, camping supply store, and numerous restaurants catering to different budgets. The one thing you have to like about the Grand Canyon is they do not...

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  • El Tovar

    3 out of 5 stars

    It is the highest class restaurant in the South Rim area of the Canyon, and certainly beats most anything (but not all) in Williams. At the far north end of the restaurant, it is possible to see into the Grand Canyon, but not very far as it is a little ways from the rim - but better than no view at all. The prices seem a bit high compared to what...

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Grand Canyon National Park Nightlife

  • Nature Nights

    There are numerous pubs in the Grand Canyon and they are all very busy but the main early evening entertainment is watching the sunset. On the North Rim, the main bar is actually right on the rim so you can actually do both at once but getting a seat is a go early affair. South Rim pubs are more in the hotels, which are set a bit back so you'll...

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  • Star gazing

    At the GC visitor center you can check the program guide to catch a star gazing event with a ranger. They start at around 8.30. It was a fun experience. It's easy to stay for this if you are watching the sunset from Mather point behind the visitor center. The best part is that it's FREE :) Dress for the weather. In spring, the weather can be warm...

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  • Cafe Glow

    There are numerous pubs in the Grand Canyon and they are all very busy but the main early evening entertainment is watching the sunset. On the North Rim, the main bar is actually right on the rim so you can actually do both at once but getting a seat is a go early affair. South Rim pubs are more in the hotels, which are set a bit back so you'll...

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Grand Canyon National Park Transportation

  • Air Tour

    Yes, yes, we know. After we recommend you all to take the plane flight instead of the helicopter flight ... we of course had to pay the bill! LOL A credit card helps of course. But anyway. We like to travel and that costs money. We do have some kind of a budget, but whenever we undertake the journey we just want to do what we want to do. Once...

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  • By Train

    Grand CAnyon RR comes form and returns to Williams Arizona, about 60 miles south. It takes over 200,000 passengers to the park south rim only annually. It was one of the first rides into the park for original visitors, and the only way to get here, other than walk or long horse rides. It began in 1901, and continued until 1968, when closed due to...

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  • By Shuttle

    Within the hugely overcrowded South Rim area around Grand Canyon Village, the National Park Service provides free shuttle buses that operate on three different routes. The service range is from Hermit's Rest on the west end all the way to Yaki Point on the east end. Most of the time these buses operate once every 15 minutes, but at times of lesser...

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Grand Canyon National Park Shopping

  • Hopi House

    Full of native crafts. However, I was very disappointed, after carefully selecting a beautiful inlaid turtle - in a cabinet with at sign: non-native American crafts - to turn over the turtle and see the label: Made in Indonesia. I knew it was non-native, but I was expecting an American-made item. The turtle is still beautiful, but it certainly...

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  • Grand Canyon Marketplace

    Books & More - Open daily year-round, 8am to 5pm, additional open hours vary seasonally. Canyon Village Marketplace - Open daily year-round, 8am to 7pm, additional open hours vary seasonally. Desert View Trading Post - Open daily year-round, 9am to 5pm, additional open hours vary seasonally. Verkamps Curio - Open daily year-round, 9am to 6pm,...

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  • Verkamp's Curios

    I do not know 40 years later exactly what shop I was in when I took this picture. But I know Verkamp's was there in 1966 because they've been there since 1906, and I think they must be one of the few souvenier shops that is on the National Register. They do sell whips because I see them on the virtual tour of the store, and they are right near the...

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Grand Canyon National Park Local Customs

  • Information

    We Dutchies are very famous for the fact that we like things to get for free! LOL. The Grand Canyon Official Map and Guide is free but also very usefull. We recieved this one at the information centre and were glad to have one. We took 2 of them and used one for our Diary of a madman and the other one was for the very useful information and maps....

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  • Drop Off

    We went out before the sunrise to take pictures. It is really dark out in the desert - no street lights. When you are driving, you have the headlights of course. Buses on the Hermit Rest Route run one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset, but after you get off the bus (or park) and walk to the overlook, it's dark. But it is definitely worth...

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  • No Litter

    "The ages have been at work on it and man can only mar it. What you can do is to keep it for your children, your children's children, and for all who come after you..." - President Theodore Roosevelt in 1903 This is an oft-quoted comment on the Grand Canyon. In order to retain as much as possible of the Canyon's glory, there are some simple...

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Grand Canyon National Park Warnings and Dangers

  • Hiking Hazards

    I noticed a number of people at Grand Canyon that literally could not walk 50 feet without making a stop to rest. This is a park for all, but it is beyond me how people cannot hardly function and then come to places that could be dangerous to their health because being out of shape, let alone the grief some people have to contend with to assist....

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  • Weather Hazards

    Temperatures vary wildly throughout the year, with summer highs within the Inner Gorge commonly exceeding 100 °F (37.8 °C) and winter minimum temperatures sometimes falling below zero degrees Fahrenheit (-17.8 °C) along the canyon's rims. I have seen the canyon with rain, snow and extreme heat - so know the weather before going, bring closed shoes,...

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  • River Hazards

    Even on a hot summer day. The conditions created by the Glen Canyon Dam resulted in year round just above freezing water. Hypothermia will set in after only a few minutes. The currents in the river are also stronger than they appear. Many people have died trying to swim the Colorado. Don't do it.

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Grand Canyon National Park Tourist Traps

  • South Rim

    The South Rim, in and of itself, is a tourist trap. It is said that the average visitor spends only 8 minutes actually looking at the grand Canyon and that the rest of the time is spent wandering around Grand Canyon Village. There are exhibits and observation points that are worth seeing, but making this the entire Grand Canyon experience would be...

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  • Grand Canyon WEST: not the national...

    Visitors to Las Vegas will see many tours touted to Grand Canyon WEST/Skywalk. Folks, this isn't the national park and reviews from many, many people who have done it have been largely very negative. The tours look attractive as this location is closer to Vegas than the south rim but the views are not as good, entry fees are ridiculously high,...

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  • South Rim

    The South Rim, in and of itself, is a tourist trap. It is said that the average visitor spends only 8 minutes actually looking at the grand Canyon and that the rest of the time is spent wandering around Grand Canyon Village. There are exhibits and observation points that are worth seeing, but making this the entire Grand Canyon experience would be...

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Grand Canyon National Park What to Pack

  • Water

    No one should try to hike into the Crand Canyon without carrying sufficient water supplies. During the summer months it will get very hot below the rim of the canyon to the point that the extreme heat can become life threatening without preparation. Bring at least a gallon per person to be on the safe side.

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  • Temperature Extremes

    Our trip was in October, and it was cold in the morning. In the picture my dad has on his overcoat, and was still too cold, so he has borrowed my scarf and has it wrapped around his head (it is Navy and gold). The arid South Rim is pleasant, even in the peak of summer. It gets nippy in the winter. The inner gorge OTOH is relentlessly hot in the...

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  • Good to go

    Day-pack: keeps your hands free and provides lots of room to pack water, snacks, sunglasses, wet-wipes, Advil, bandaids, jacket, your camera, etc. The temps can change in a hurry so be prepared for anything. In summer, it can be hot during the day but much cooler at night. Shorts and jeans, t-shirts, hat, good socks, weather-resistent jacket for...

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Grand Canyon National Park Off The Beaten Path

  • Rafting

    As we head toward Page, Arizona we fly over the entire length of the river that we has just rafted for the last 7 days and 6 nights, we traveled for a total of 187 miles on the river and we were now covering the same distance in a matter of minutes. We were still amazed to realize that we had actually done it, rafted the Grand Canyon. Our first...

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  • Hikes/Trails

    The trails that connect the points on the red line are completely worth the hike. The ppl were using the shuttles to each of the points. But the trails between are what make the experience perfect. You quite literally walk along the rim of the GC! The trails are defined either by side walk or dirt path. Maybe ppl are using them when the park is...

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  • Side Trips

    Horse shoe bend is an awesome spot to stop right outside of Page. It is about 2 hrs from the south rim. You'll drive up to this very unassuming location, where the parking lot is in front of the path which begins with you climbing a tall sand dune. It's about 3/4 mile hike without shade. About halfway there is a structure that has been build for...

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Grand Canyon National Park Sports & Outdoors

  • Hiking

    Some places you can't get to without hiking. So, if you are capable or capable of getting into shape, please try it. This shot is taken from the hike to Ribbon Falls, over halfway across the Grand Canyon. This is a place you cannot get to by mule. Sure, you can take the mule down to Phantom Ranch. If that is what you like, please do but if you are...

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  • don't drive/hike Grand Canyon National...

    Some places you can't get to without hiking. So, if you are capable or capable of getting into shape, please try it. This shot is taken from the hike to Ribbon Falls, over halfway across the Grand Canyon. This is a place you cannot get to by mule. Sure, you can take the mule down to Phantom Ranch. If that is what you like, please do but if you are...

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  • Hiking - An amazing experience.

    Hiking the Grand Canyon was an amazing experience. We recommend it to anyone who has the ability to do it. One cannot see what the Grand Canyon is about from the top. Even if 18 miles isn't feasible, hike part way down and back up! The top half of Bright Angel Trail has drinkable water every 1.5 miles, so traveling light on this part of the trail...

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Grand Canyon National Park Favorites

  • Trails

    The Hermit Trail is a historic miners trail, which is a bit more steep and rugged than the popular Bright Angel and South Kaibab trails. From the trailhead, it is 3 miles to Horseshoe Mesa. The trail eventually reaches a junction with the South Kaibab Trail and heads to the bottom. The Hermit trail also leads to Hermit Rapid and a more primitive...

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  • Observation Points

    There are many places along the canyon rim to stop and go out on an observation point. It is tempting to keep snapping away , but it is hard for a photograph to give a sense of how enormous the Canyon. You CAN capture some of the color. The contrast is better and gives a better idea of the depth if the light is not directly overhead, like at...

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  • Hiking

    Enjoy the Grand Canyon very early morning for not only the most beautiful light but also a more peaceful experience. If you are physically able, don't be content to just drive from viewpoint to viewpoint. Get out and walk and you'll see a lot more. Walk into the canyon. It will give you an entirely different perspective of this massive chasm. If...

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Comments (3)

  • goodfish's Profile Photo
    Mar 25, 2014 at 3:35 AM

    Annual National Park Week is April 19-27 this year with lots of special events happening at the parks. Even better, Saturday 4/19 and Sunday 4/30 are FREE admission days so it's a great opportunity to pack up the car with family and/or friends and go check out one of our national treasures!

    http://www.nps.gov/npweek/

  • goodfish's Profile Photo
    Oct 12, 2013 at 5:45 AM

    UPDATE: According to the vendor page for accommodations, the North Rim park and lodge are open:

    reservations.foreverresorts....

    Do note that the lodge and facilities close for the season on Oct 15. Weather (and funds) permitting, the Visitor Center and backcountry permit office will be open until Oct. 31.

    nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/h...

    The NPS website for the park (North and South rims) is also up and running again:

    http://www.nps.gov/grca/index.htm

  • goodfish's Profile Photo
    Oct 11, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    SHUTDOWN UPDATE: 10/12/2013
    The canyon will open to visitors tomorrow (10/12) with state of Arizona funding through the rest of the upcoming week. Hopefully a budget agreement during the next 7 days will return operations to the federal funding and keep it open beyond that point.
    I'm assuming this may only be the South Rim as the North Rim usually closes up about this time of year but I'll update this post as more info becomes available.

 
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