Grand Canyon Operating Hours & Seasons
The South Rim: Open All Year
The South Rim is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year including all holidays. Also available year round are most visitor services such as camping, lodging, and restaurants. Camping and hotel Reservations are strongly recommended during spring, summer and fall.
Taking a bus, helicopter or guided hike is highly recommended if you're interested in getting the most out of your time here at the Grand Canyon. But if you'd like to get around not on a tour, there is a free shuttle bus system operates in the Grand Canyon Village area. Parking your car at the Visitor Center and using the free shuttle buses to get around the village will make experiencing the Grand Canyon much easier and more enjoyable.
The North Rim: Main Season - Mid-May to Mid-October
North Rim camping, hotels and food services within the park are open only from mid-May to mid-October due to winter weather conditions. Campgrounds fill up quickly and may be booked through Recreation.gov or find North Rim hotels here.
North Rim: Off-season
There is short period sometimes where the North Rim is open for day use only - October 15 through November 27, or until snow closes Highway 67. Food service and lodging is NOT available in the park during off-season. Call Grand Canyon NPS to find out if the park is open for day use: (928) 638-7888
The North Rim is the less traveled, more remote part of the Grand Canyon. There are a few tours and guided hikes in this area while this side of the park is open; but for the most part, this is where the outside enthusiasts come to play and explore the Grand Canyon their own way.
Grand Canyon National Park can be accessed by foot, skis or snowshoes, even when the North Rim entrance station is closed. Hikers and cross-country skiers are allowed to use the park's group campsites throughout the winter months if they have obtained a permit through the park's Backcountry Information Center. Private snowmobiles are not permitted.
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Grand Canyon West Rim VIP Helicopter Tour from Las Vegas
Choose the helicopter tour that flies furthest and deepest into the Grand Canyon. You'll feel awe and exhilaration as you fly like a bird on the most extensive helicopter tour there is from Las Vegas, taking you below the rim into the mysterious depths of the Grand Canyon.
- 90-minute helicopter flight over the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas
- The most extensive helicopter flight over the Grand Canyon, flying further and deeper beneath the rim than other helicopter tours
- Panoramic views of Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, Iceberg Canyon, the Valley of Fire, the Bowl of Fire and Las Vegas Strip
- Onboard commentary
- Choice of morning or afternoon flights
- Departs from Las Vegas, not Boulder City (a 45-minute drive from Las Vegas)
- Pickup and drop off from Las Vegas hotels
As you descend below the rim on your 90-minute flight, you'll be amazed by the majesty, brilliant palette of colors and rugged beauty of the Grand Canyon. You'll pass through millions of years of geological time, as the colorful canyon walls provide a remarkable record of the Paleozoic era, dating back from 250 to 550 million years and beyond.
After leaving the Grand Canyon, other natural wonders unfold. You'll enjoy panoramic views of Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, Iceberg Canyon, the Valley of Fire and the Bowl of Fire. Your flight concludes with an unforgettable pass over the dazzling Las Vegas Strip.
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