Grand Canyon Fees & Permits

FREE Entrance Park Days to Keep In Mind for 2019:

    Does not include other fees such as tours, lodging, reservations, etc.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 21st
  • National Park Week, Starting April 20th
  • National Park Service’s Birthday, August 25th
  • National Public Lands Day, September 28th
  • Veteran’s Day, November 11

    General Entrance Fees For North & South Rim:

  • Private Vehicle- Admits one single, private, non-commercial vehicle and all its passengers - $35
  • Motorcycle - $30
  • Bicycle, On Foot, or Shuttle - $20
*REMINDER: No refunds for weather conditions*  

Types of Passes:

Annual Grand Canyon National Park Pass-$70

Unlimited visits for a year to the Grand Canyon National park. This pass covers the purchaser and those with them.

America the Beautiful Annual Pass - $80

This a 12 month pass to all Federal recreation sites that have a fee for entrance.

Annual Military Pass- FREE

This pass is for active duty military and their dependents. You must present proper identification.

Senior America the Beautiful Pass - $80

This is a lifetime pass to all Federal Recreation lands that charge a fee for anyone over the age of 62.

America the Beautiful Access Pass - FREE

This is a lifetime pass for all Federal Recreation sites that charge an entrance fee for residents of the U.S. with permanent disabilities.

America the Beautiful Volunteer Pass - FREE

This is an annual pass to all Federal recreation sites in exchange for 250 cumulative service hours.

*For more details please check out National Park website *  

Where To Get Permits:

All sell vehicle & individual permits
  • Flagstaff Visitor Center, 928-213-2951
  • Williams Visitor Center, 928-635-4061
  • Chevron Travel Stop (Valle, AZ), 928-635-2008
  • National Geographic Center IMAX (Tusayan, AZ), 928-638-2468


When you need a Backcountry Permit:

1. Overnight Camping (Not in Desert View, North Rim Campground, or Mather Campground)
2. In Tuweep Campground
3. Over might camping on the North Rim area between November 1st and May 14th
4. Off-river camping
5. Over night camping with private stock between May 15th and October 31st

When you DO NOT need a Backcountry Permit:

1. Day Hikes (this includes short night time hikes)
2. Day stock rides
3. Over night camping at Mather & Desert View Campgrounds
4. North Rim over night camping between May 15th and October 31st
5. Stays at Phantom Ranch (reservations required)

Cost of Permits:

  • Camping permits per group below the rim- $10
  • Camping permits per group above the rim- $8
  • +Plus per person or livestock cost per- $8

*$10 cancelation charge & further charges if camping on the Havasupai Reservation*

How to get a Backcountry Permit:

1. Start process 10 days before the 1st of the month that is 4 months prior to when you would like to go.
Example: For January submit August 20th (Allow at least 3 weeks for processing).
2. Download Permit Request Form Online (PDF File)
3. Submit to the Backcountry Information Center in person, via fax, or by mail (email and phone not accepted).

If You Can’t Get a Permit:

There are other ways to get a permit if you are denied. There are a small number of walk-in permits available. These are available at the South & North Rim Backcountry Information Centers and have to be purchased in person and no more than 24 hours ahead of time. Walk-in hours are between 8am and noon (1pm-5pm Mountain Standard Time). You may put yourself on a wait list during open hours for the next morning which will determine the order which the permits are given out. You may be on the waitlist for as many days in a row as you would like.


For more information and details, please refer to the

Types of River Permits:

  • 1 Day Commercial River Trips- These include half and full day trips on smooth water.
  • 2-5 Day Non-Commercial River Trips- These are available 1 year in advance and are first come, first serve. They are non-commercial and go between Diamond Creek and Lake Mead.
  • Lees Ferry-Diamond Creek Commercial/ Non-Commercial Trips- These include motorized and non-motorized trips and usually take a minimum of 7 days. However, there are options for those that would like to hike in or out at Phantom Ranch.
  • 3-18 Day Commercial River Trips- These are guided professionally and offered to the public through 1-2 year in advance reservations.
  • 12-25 Day Non-Commercial River Trips-These trips are self-guided and only available to the public through a weighted lottery.
*For other permits, please refer to the Grand Canyon National Park Service website*

To aid in your Grand Canyon vacation planning, we've collected a list of the most common average costs for tours, activities, transportation, hotels, campgrounds and dining. It's certainly possible to find lower or higher prices, but this list should give you a ballpark idea.

Tours and Activities:

  • National Park (North and South rims) entrance fees - $30 per vehicle
  • West Rim entrance package - $46.65 per person
  • Helicopter tours - South Rim - $199 per person
  • Helicopter tours - West Rim - $299 per person
  • Ground tours - South Rim - $72 per person
  • Ground tours - West Rim - $110 per person
  • Train tours - South Rim - $75 per person
  • Air tours - South Rim - $300 per person
  • Air tours - West Rim - $265 per person
  • Guided day hiking - South Rim - $110 per person
  • Guided backpacking for 3 - 7 days - South Rim - $800 - $1500 per person
  • River rafting (motor) 1 day - West Rim - $375 per person
  • River rafting (motor) 4 day Upper Canyon - $1100 per person
  • River rafting (oar) 4 day Upper Canyon - $1750 per person
  • River rafting (motor) rafting 5-9 day Lower Canyon - $1700 per person
  • River rafting (oar) rafting 5-9 day Lower Canyon - $2500 per person
  • Smooth water half day float trip - North Rim - $89 per person
  • Smooth water 1 day row trip - North Rim - $161 per person
  • Phoenix to Flagstaff shuttle $38 - $42 per person
  • Sedona to Flagstaff shuttle $25 per person
  • Flagstaff to South Rim taxi/shuttle $42 - $58 per person
  • Flagstaff to North Rim taxi $158 - $200 per person
  • Flagstaff airport to hotel complimentary shuttle $0)
  • Flagstaff city bus (public transportation) $1.25/single ride; $2.50/unlimited rides day pass
  • Grand Canyon West park-and-ride shuttle from Meadview $15 per person (reservations required)
  • Ground tours - West Rim $110 per person
  • Train tours - South Rim $75 per person
Hotel night at the Rim (Peak Season):
  • El Tovar Hotel $183
  • Bright Angel Lodge $94
  • Kachina Lodge $191
  • Thunderbird Lodge $191
  • Maswick Lodge $92 - $176
  • Yavapai Lodge $125 - $166
  • Phantom Ranch (with meals) $124
  • North Rim Lodge $124 - $173
Hotel night in Surrounding Areas (Peak Season):
      South Rim
    • Tusayan Hotel/Motel $90 - $190
    • Williams Hotel/Motel $60 - $190
    • Flagstaff Hotel/Motel $55 - $250
    • Sedona Hotel/Motel $75 - $235
    • Sedona Resort $150 - $350

      West Rim
    • Kingman Hotel/Motel $35 - $120
    • Laughlin-Bullhead City Hotel/Motel $50 - $120
    • Lake Havasu Hotel/Motel $75 - $150

      North Rim/Grand Circle
    • Jacob Lake (North Rim) Lodge/Motel $90 - $140
    • Page/Lake Powell Hotel/Motel $190 - $300
    • St. George Hotel/Motel $70 - $150
  • Trailer Village $35
  • Mather Campground $18
  • Desert View $12
  • North Rim Campground $18 - $25
  • Demotte and Jacob Lake Campground North Rim $17
  • Indian Garden Campground, Bright Angel Campground, Cottonwood Campground - $10 per permit plus $5 per person per night camped below the Rim, and $5 per group per night camped above the Rim
  • Reserve campsites here »
Dining (Average Meal per Person):
  • Grand Canyon National Park Lodges casual dining (cafeterias, cafes, deli) $6 - $14
  • Grand Canyon National Park Lodges upscale dining (lodges, dining rooms) $15 - $35
  • Tusayan fast food chains $18


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