One of the first thoughts that comes to mind when someone mentions National Parks, is the Grand Canyon. Almost everyone has seen a picture or knows what the Grand Canyon is, since it is such a historical landmark for not only the United States but for the entire world. People come from all over just to get a look at the beautiful view available at the Grand Canyon National Park.
Arizona is home to some beautiful parks, as well as its neighboring states in the desert area. However, the Grand Canyon undoubtedly is the most visited and idolized, and this is clearly evident by how often it is mentioned in history books and in everyday life.
When can I visit the Grand Canyon National Park?
South Rim: The South Rim area of the Grand Canyon National Park is open 365 days a day, 24 hours a day. Guests have access to various different camping, lodging, and restaurant experiences in the South Rim. Additionally, visitors to the park have access to the free shuttle bus system, which is operating in the Village area of the Grand Canyon.
North Rim: Unlike the South Rim which is open year-round, the North Rim is only open from May 15th – October 15th. However there is usually limited access to this area up until November 27th, depending on when snow begins to arrive in the area. Camping and food services are both available in the North Rim, when the area is open.
What is the cost to visit the Grand Canyon National Park?
Entrance to the park costs $25 for those traveling in a private vehicle, guests will receive a seven day pass that includes entrance to the South Rim as well as the North Rim when it is open. Guests who are traveling individually either on foot or cycling can purchase an individual seven day pass for $12.
Throughout the year there are several days where entrance to the Grand Canyon is free, this is offered by the National Park Service for numerous different parks throughout the US. These days include: January 21st (Martin Luther King Jr. Day), April 22nd – 26th (National Park Week), August 25th (National Park Service Birthday), September 28th (National Public Lands Day), and November 9th – 11th (Veterans Day weekend). Any additional services such as camping or tours are not included and will require payment.
What is there to do at the Grand Canyon National Park?
Guests are highly encouraged to check out the various Visitor centers and museums available in the Grand Canyon NP. The South Rim houses many of these areas, which are great for uncovering a lot of the Grand Canyon’s history. Visiting the museums is also a way to see parts of the park that you would never be able to see otherwise.
There is a short 20 minute film available at the Grand Canyon Visitor Center entitled “Grand Canyon: A Journey of Wonder”, which is sort of an orientation about the Grand Canyon itself. The film will begin playing in the center at 8:30 AM, and will begin every half hour after that.
Hiking is a major attraction at the Grand Canyon, as with most desert National Parks. The “Rim Trail” is available from any viewpoint on the Hermit Road or the Village.
Free Ranger Programs are definitely something to take advantage of while visiting the Grand Canyon National Park, trained guides will walk you through all of the history of the park. Everything from the park’s nature and science, to the culture of the Grand Canyon are taught during these free adventures.