Grand Canyon National Park Visitor Guide

Are you ready for one of the most breath-taking experiences of your life? Grand Canyon National Park is truly a treasure unlike anything else on Earth. Visiting the Grand Canyon offers fresh air, perspective, and as much excitement as you're open to experiencing. There are essentially three main rims of Grand Canyon National Park - South, West, and North Rims. The North and South Rims of Grand Canyon are in the official National Park limits which is most easily accessed through Arizona and Utah. But with flights to Las Vegas being so affordable in recent years, many visitors choose to visit the West Rim, which is run by the Hualapai Tribe. They offer tours to attractions like the glass bridge that hangs over the canyon edge called the Grand Canyon Skywalk. Each rim and each type of tour offers a unique way to experience the canyon and there's no one best way to do it. But there's only one way to find out which is your favorite.

Choosing Which Grand Canyon Rim to Visit

  • South Rim will provide you with the classic national park experience with ranger talks, free hop-on-hop-off shuttles, and concessionaires.
  • North Rim is the more remote side of the Canyon loved by hikers, backpacking campers and the like. You'll find the North Rim to be the least busy, but also the most difficult to access. The North RIm is closed October-May due to winter conditions.
  • West Rim is run by the Hualapai Tribe. There is a per-person entrance fee that provides guests with a shuttle to the West Rim from the parking area. Guests may add on a Grand Canyon Skywalk ticket for additional purchase. A helicopter ride from Las Vegas is another popular way to get here.

These are the Most Popular Grand Canyon Activities

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