Grand Canyon South Rim

Grand Canyon South Rim is the most popular rim at Grand Canyon National Park. The South Rim offers the National Park experience with convenient visitor services like a hop-on-hop-off shuttle bus service, concierge and food services, and a wide range of hotel options within minutes of the park entrance gate. Grand Canyon South Rim is open year-round and hosts free Ranger Talks, museums, shops, geological and historical information, as well as the Grand Canyon IMAX Experience, Grand Canyon Railway, and much more.


Grand Canyon South Rim at a Glance

  • Affliliation: US National Park Service (National Park Passes accepted)
  • Open: Year-Round 24/7
  • Fee: $35/car or see Fees & Permits for more types of entrance fees and passes
  • Mailing Address: PO Box 129 Grand Canyon , AZ 86023
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  • Telephone: (928) 638-7888
  • Best Places to Stay: Grand Canyon Village & Tusayan, Williams, Flagstaff, Sedona
  • Popular Things to Do:
    • Grand Canyon Visitors Center
    • Rim Trail
    • Bright Angel Trail
    • South Kaibab Trail
    • Hop-on-hop-off Shuttle
    • Grand Canyon Trail of Time
    • Desert View Watch Tower
    • Lookout Studio
    • Mather Point, Yaki Point, Grand View Point, Yavapai Point, Moran Point, Lippan Point
    • Grand Canyon Railway
    • Grand Canyon Imax Theater
    • Ground & Helicopter Tours
  • For most South Rim visitors, one day is enough to take pictures, walk around the rim and even take a Grand Canyon helicopter tour or vehicle tour. But if you're planning on exploring the Grand Canyon a little more in-depth, staying in or near the park is a great idea. This will allow you to take longer hikes, experience the truly epic sunrises and sunsets at the Canyon, and experience more about what makes the Grand Canyon a Natural Wonder of the World.

    Grand Canyon National Park's South Rim is located in northern Arizona. The South Rim is approached from the east and west by I-40, north by US-89 and south by I-17 / US-64. When choosing where to make your jump-off point or hub for your American Southwest vacation, take a look at these driving distances to help plan accordingly. Truly, the best place to stay depends on which other areas of the Southwest you want to visit on this trip.

    Driving Distances to Grand Canyon South Rim

    • Tusayan - 1.8 miles (4m)
    • Phoenix - 230 miles (3h 30m)
    • Flagstaff - 79 miles (1h 30m)
    • Sedona - 109 miles (1h 55m)
    • Williams - 54 miles (54m)
    • Las Vegas - 280 miles (4h 15m)
    • Zion National Park - 336 miles (5h 50m)
    • Monument Valley - 170 miles (3h 30m)
    • Moab - 320 miles (6h 00m)

    Airports Closest to the South Rim

    • Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)
    • Flagstaff Pullium Airport (FLG) (Direct flights from PHX, DEN, DFW, & LAX with American Airlines and United Airlines) (Pro Tip: If you fly from Phoenix to Flagstaff on a connecting flight, get excited. Choose a window seat on the left side of the plane flying to Flagstaff, or the right side of the plane flying from Flagstaff. You'll get a stellar view of Sedona that's tour-worthy in its own right.)

    View of Sedona flying from Phoenix to Flagstaff
    Photo Credit: @grandcanyonman Instagram

    Though if you get stuck on the other side of the plane, the view of Flagstaff isn't bad either...

    View of the San Francisco Peaks & Mt. Elden flying from Phoenix to Flagstaff

    Monthly Average Temperature Grand Canyon South Rim

    MONTH HIGH/LOW (°F) HIGH/LOW (°C) RAIN (in)
    January 41°/18° 5°/-8° 1.32
    February 45°/21° 7°/-6° 1.55
    March 51°/15° 10°/-4° 1.38
    April 60°/32° 15°/0° 0.93
    May 70°/39° 21°/4° 0.66
    June 81°/47° 28°/8° 0.42
    July 85°/54° 29°/12° 1.81
    August 82°/53° 28°/12° 2.25
    September 77°/47° 24°/8° 1.56
    October 65°/36° 18°/2° 1.10
    November 52°/27° 11°/-3° 0.94
    December 43°/20° 6°/7° 1.63

    Monthly Average Temperature Inner Grand Canyon (Below the Rim)*

    MONTH HIGH/LOW (°F) HIGH/LOW (°C)
    January 56°/36° 14°/12°
    February 62°/42° 17°/6°
    March 71°/48° 22°/9°
    April 82°/56° 28°/13°
    May 92°/63° 33°/17°
    June 101°/72° 38°/22°
    July 106°/78° 41°/26°
    August 103°/75° 39°/24°
    September 77°/47° 24°/8°
    October 97°/69° 36°/21°
    November 68°/46° 20°/8°
    December 57°/37° 14°/2°

    *Note: Warmer temperatures have been trending in recent years and may indicate that actual temperatures in the future may be warmer than the above averages. Please take extreme caution when hiking down into Grand Canyon during warm months. 2021 set a record number of deaths and rescues due to heat exhaustion.

    Grand Canyon Village - It doesn't get any closer than staying at Grand Canyon National Park itself. This will allow you to get the most of every minute of your timer here. Enjoy those once-in-a-lifetime sunrises and sunsets that are worth catching every second of.

    Tusayan - Located just outside of Grand Canyon South Rim's entrance gate. Tusayan has several familiar hotel brands as well as boutique lodging. There are grocery stores and dozens of dining options to fit everyone's needs

    Williams - Located about 55 miles from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon and is a charming town located on Historic Route 66. Williams is where the Grand Canyon Railway departs and is home to Bearizona, a drive-thru wildlife park. Williams has several hotel, dining and entertainment options. This is the best place to stay nearest to Grand Canyon South Rim if you're taking younger kids on this trip.

    Flagstaff - Located about 79 miles from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon and is a great place find a hotel you're looking to explore more of the Southwest. Flagstaff is a vibrant, college, mountain town chock-full of outdoor enthusiasts and local breweries. Depending on the time of year, visitors can also go skiing and sledding in Flagstaff, or go for a scenic hike up Mt. Humphreys or any one of the innumerable hikes in this part of Arizona. Flagstaff hotels make a great basecamp for anyone wanting to spend a few days exploring.

    Sedona - Known for its beautiful red rocks and rare energy. Located about 110 miles from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, visitors will encounter nothing short of a stunning experience. Sedona offers luxury resort spas, cozy bed and breakfasts and cabins along the creek. If you're more of a luxury traveler, a Sedona hotel or resort might be the way to go when visiting Grand Canyon South Rim.

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    The South Rim is most accessible and therefore the most popular destination at Grand Canyon, attracting 5 million visitors each year. The South Rim is where you'll find visitor's centers, historical buildings, and over two dozen viewpoints and trailheads. Because of its popularity, visitors should expect crowds particularly in the busiest seasons - spring, summer and fall.

    A guided tour of some sort is an excellent way to experience the Grand Canyon and is highly recommended. Helicopter tours and air tours on a plane over the Grand Canyon is both a great way to see the Grand Canyon as well as get away from the crowds. Other ways of seeing the South Rim of the Grand Canyon is is to book a van, Jeep, bus or Railway tour to ride up to Grand Canyon Village and have several hours to do the aforementioned activities at the rim, then take a ride back to the tour's origin in the late afternoon.

    Many of the South Rim visitors get to the park, look over the edge of the Grand Canyon, take a few pictures and call it a day. It's quite the trek to make just to look at a big hole in the ground! But that's just it! The Grand Canyon is a Natural Wonder of the World for so many reasons. Experience and learn more about the Grand Canyon from a tour that fits your travel and learning style. From self-guided audio walking tours in multiple languages to air, auto and rail tours, the South Rim of the Grand Canyon offers visitors the opportunity to engage with something truly majestic and unique.

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    GRAND CANYON SOUTH RIM TOURS & PLACES TO STAY

    Arizona Private Tours

    Arizona Private Tours is the leading private tour agency in Northern Arizona. We specialize in safe & sanitary custom tours. We pick up guests in Flagstaff and spend our day exploring scenic Arizona in an intimate setting with an expert guide in comfort. Our luxury SUV's will take you and
    Arizona Private Tours is the leading private tour agency in Northern Arizona. We specialize in safe & sanitary custom tours. We pick up guests in Flagstaff and spend our day exploring scenic Arizona in an intimate setting with an expert guide in comfort. Our luxury SUV's will take you and up to 6 guests on a completely customizable tour of Northern Arizona. For majestic private Grand Canyon tours to Verde Valley Wine tours & ghost towns in the Sedona area, we cover it all. Let us create the custom tour of your dreams and know that we want to make this a day that you will remember for the rest of your life.

    Pink Jeep Adventure Tours

    The most far-reaching tour of the Grand Canyon, upgrade and explore the entire South Rim in an open-air Jeep Wrangler. An expert guide will navigate and take you to the most exclusive look-outs and provide you with the best photo opportunities on this unforgettable adventure.

    Maverick Helicopter Tours

    Maverick Helicopters offers tours of the Grand Canyon South Rim and West Rim with landing options. Maverick brings VIP service to the canyon with climate-controlled helicopters and unobstructed views perfect for sightseeing. They give you an adventure of a lifetime and not just another tou
    Maverick Helicopters offers tours of the Grand Canyon South Rim and West Rim with landing options. Maverick brings VIP service to the canyon with climate-controlled helicopters and unobstructed views perfect for sightseeing. They give you an adventure of a lifetime and not just another tour of the Grand Canyon.

    Canyon Villa B&B Inn Of Sedona

    Enjoy bedside views of the Red Rocks of Sedona by Bell Rock and Courthouse Butte. Sedona bed and breakfast fare includes full gourmet breakfasts, an afternoon appetizer hour, and evening coffee, teas, and dessert. Bask by the solar pool on warm summer days, and stargaze clear evening skies
    Enjoy bedside views of the Red Rocks of Sedona by Bell Rock and Courthouse Butte. Sedona bed and breakfast fare includes full gourmet breakfasts, an afternoon appetizer hour, and evening coffee, teas, and dessert. Bask by the solar pool on warm summer days, and stargaze clear evening skies by an outdoor fire as the weather gets cooler.
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    Best Grand Canyon Day Tour

    Voted on Trip Advisor as the most popular Grand Canyon day tour. This is the best way to enjoy the Grand Canyon without doing any strenuous hiking. Nearly five million people come to see the Canyon each year and many spend much of their time trying to figure out what to do. Our professiona
    Voted on Trip Advisor as the most popular Grand Canyon day tour. This is the best way to enjoy the Grand Canyon without doing any strenuous hiking. Nearly five million people come to see the Canyon each year and many spend much of their time trying to figure out what to do. Our professional guides will make sure you get the most out of your trip. While touring in comfort you will learn about the geology and history of one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. The day tour includes short walks to some incredible "less-used" outlooks, a looking into some of the areas most impressive historic buildings, and time to browse resident art galleries and gift shops.

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    Papillon Helicopters

    Papillon Helicopters

    Tour Grand Canyon with the "World's Largest and Most Experienced Helicopter Sightseeing Company!" Only Papillon is a recipient of the 5-star Diamond award and certified to fly both the South and West Rims of the Canyon. Choose from Air Tours departing Grand Canyon or Las Vegas and ground t
    Tour Grand Canyon with the "World's Largest and Most Experienced Helicopter Sightseeing Company!" Only Papillon is a recipient of the 5-star Diamond award and certified to fly both the South and West Rims of the Canyon. Choose from Air Tours departing Grand Canyon or Las Vegas and ground tours departing from Scottsdale/Phoenix.

    Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend

    Spend a day visiting two of the most iconic landscapes in the American Southwest- Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend! Our Lower Antelope Canyon Tours take you into the heart of one of the most spectacular slot canyons in the world. Afterwards, we visit the famous Horseshoe Bend, where y

    Spend a day visiting two of the most iconic landscapes in the American Southwest- Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend! Our Lower Antelope Canyon Tours take you into the heart of one of the most spectacular slot canyons in the world. Afterwards, we visit the famous Horseshoe Bend, where you can peer off the edge at the mighty Colorado River!


    Grand Canyon Railway

    Visit the official website for Grand Canyon Railway. Book your reservation online for a train tour on one of five classes of service on our vintage train to the Grand Canyon. Or, select a vacation package that includes lodging at our own Grand Canyon Railway Hotel and in Grand Canyon Natio
    Visit the official website for Grand Canyon Railway. Book your reservation online for a train tour on one of five classes of service on our vintage train to the Grand Canyon. Or, select a vacation package that includes lodging at our own Grand Canyon Railway Hotel and in Grand Canyon National Park.

    Grand Canyon Airlines

    Don't just view the Canyon from the rim when you can fly the Grand Canyon with a legend! Since 1927, Grand Canyon Airlines has been the premier fixed wing provider of scenic Grand Canyon tour flights. Specially patented, exclusive aircraft provide crystal clear viewing with narration in ei
    Don't just view the Canyon from the rim when you can fly the Grand Canyon with a legend! Since 1927, Grand Canyon Airlines has been the premier fixed wing provider of scenic Grand Canyon tour flights. Specially patented, exclusive aircraft provide crystal clear viewing with narration in eight different languages. The classic Grand Discovery Tour is the ultimate Canyon view.

    Oak Creek Terrace Resort

    Escape to Oak Creek Canyon among the red rocks and tranquility of Oak Creek. We are the perfect couple's getaway with in-room fireplaces and jetted Jacuzzis. Made to order for honeymoons and anniversaries, this Sedona, Arizona resort also offers great family fun by the creek in double hamm
    Escape to Oak Creek Canyon among the red rocks and tranquility of Oak Creek. We are the perfect couple's getaway with in-room fireplaces and jetted Jacuzzis. Made to order for honeymoons and anniversaries, this Sedona, Arizona resort also offers great family fun by the creek in double hammocks, swings, barbecues, and picnic areas. Cabins, bungalows, and family units available. Come stay with us!
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    Sedona Real Inn & Suites

    Our family-owned and operated inn feels different from other Sedona hotels because it is. When you're here, you'll experience the comfort and convenience that you’re used to in your own home. With our very own pet-friendly park, sparkling pool, and fitness center, many of our guests enjo
    Our family-owned and operated inn feels different from other Sedona hotels because it is. When you're here, you'll experience the comfort and convenience that you’re used to in your own home. With our very own pet-friendly park, sparkling pool, and fitness center, many of our guests enjoy spending part of their Sedona vacation relaxing with us. With a country inn atmosphere, and bed and breakfast feel, each of the 42 traditional rooms and 47 spacious suites offer comfortable accommodations. All our rooms include complimentary WiFi and a hot breakfast bar to get your day started! Your four-legged family members will love our grassy outside play area with a barbeque and fire-pit. The concierge is on-site daily to share the best things to do in Sedona.
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    Briar Patch Inn

    The Briar Patch Inn features 19 cabins situated on 9 lush acres in Oak Creek Canyon, just 3 miles north of Sedona. Each individual cabin is dressed in distinctly different southwestern décor. The lush grounds - home to wildlife, birds and two resident sheep - showcase rambling walking pa
    The Briar Patch Inn features 19 cabins situated on 9 lush acres in Oak Creek Canyon, just 3 miles north of Sedona. Each individual cabin is dressed in distinctly different southwestern décor. The lush grounds - home to wildlife, birds and two resident sheep - showcase rambling walking paths, canyon oaks, giant pines and ancient sycamores. Healthy, bountiful, homemade breakfasts are offered by the creek in spring and summer and by the lodge fireplaces in fall and winter. An attentive, longtime staff strive to provide a quality of fine service that is the hallmark of this magical sanctuary. A Fodor's Choice and a Fromme's favorite.

    Canyoneers

    The ultimate getaway! Spectacular scenery, great side canyon hikes, ancient Indian ruins, splendid waterfalls, gourmet meals, and top notch guides. Come experience the adventure, the challenge, the serenity, the wildlife, the fun and exhilaration, and come away feeling on top of the world
    The ultimate getaway! Spectacular scenery, great side canyon hikes, ancient Indian ruins, splendid waterfalls, gourmet meals, and top notch guides. Come experience the adventure, the challenge, the serenity, the wildlife, the fun and exhilaration, and come away feeling on top of the world! Whether motorized pontoon or smaller rowing boats, Canyoneers does it best! This year, be a Canyoneer. We are a licensed concessionaire of the National Park Service.

    Wildland Trekking

    Join The Wildland Trekking Co. on an epic journey to the Grand Canyon! Services include 1 to 8 day hiking adventures, tasty backcountry cuisine, and quality gear served up by America's most experienced and knowledgeable Grand Canyon guides. 25+ years experience in adventure travel.

    Canyon Dave Tours

    Here is the essence: we specialize in good times, splendid viewpoints, and entertaining education. You get an in-depth look into the natural science behind the scenes. You take home a thorough knowledge of where you've been and what it looked like. You won't forget your viewpoints and ours
    Here is the essence: we specialize in good times, splendid viewpoints, and entertaining education. You get an in-depth look into the natural science behind the scenes. You take home a thorough knowledge of where you've been and what it looked like. You won't forget your viewpoints and ours, and you won't feel that you've missed something and have to come again (unless you want to). Isn't this how you travel?

    Junipine Resort Sedona

    Junipine Resort is the perfect location for small business meetings or a family vacation. Our secluded creekside setting is the perfect retreat from the hectic pace of our every day world. Enjoy coffee on your private Sedona, Arizona hotel room patio watching the sunrise over the Red Rocks
    Junipine Resort is the perfect location for small business meetings or a family vacation. Our secluded creekside setting is the perfect retreat from the hectic pace of our every day world. Enjoy coffee on your private Sedona, Arizona hotel room patio watching the sunrise over the Red Rocks. Slide Rock State Park is adjacent to our resort, and Sedona is just 8 miles away.

    Grand Canyon Signature Hummer Tour with Optional Sunset Views

    Make the most of limited time and see the highlights of Grand Canyon National Park in just a couple of hours on this sightseeing tour. Ride in a windowless, open-air Hummer and listen to commentary from your guide as you visit some of the canyon’s best lookout points, where you can hop

    Make the most of limited time and see the highlights of Grand Canyon National Park in just a couple of hours on this sightseeing tour. Ride in a windowless, open-air Hummer and listen to commentary from your guide as you visit some of the canyon’s best lookout points, where you can hop out, take photos, and explore. Since this is a small-group tour, you’ll have plenty of time to ask questions, too.

    • Visit multiple lookout points within Grand Canyon National Park
    • Enjoy the undivided attention of a private driver/guide
    • Ideal for first-time visitors and those with limited time
    • Choose from multiple departures to best suit your schedule

    Adobe Grand Villas

    Luxurious AAA 4 Diamond Sedona, Arizona bed and breakfast with 850 + sq ft villas, red rock views, two fireplaces, jetted tub, walk in shower, three-course breakfast, private entrances, high speed internet, garden patios or balcony, pool, and an in-ground jetted spa. Relax and unwind with
    Luxurious AAA 4 Diamond Sedona, Arizona bed and breakfast with 850 + sq ft villas, red rock views, two fireplaces, jetted tub, walk in shower, three-course breakfast, private entrances, high speed internet, garden patios or balcony, pool, and an in-ground jetted spa. Relax and unwind with a private couples spa and personal chef for private dinners.
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    Grand Canyon National Park Bus Tour from Las Vegas

    Explore the natural side of Arizona with a day trip to the Grand Canyon National Park South Rim on our luxury bus tour. Your professional bus driver is trained to provide you with interesting facts about the history, flora, and fauna on one of the great wonders of the modern world.

    Explore the natural side of Arizona with a day trip to the Grand Canyon National Park South Rim on our luxury bus tour. Your professional bus driver is trained to provide you with interesting facts about the history, flora, and fauna on one of the great wonders of the modern world.

    Once you arrive at the South Rim, enjoy stops along the rim such as Mather Point and Bright Angel Lodge. Explore popular attractions in the Grand Canyon National Park such as El Tovar, Hopi House, Kolb Photo Studio, and the Bright Angel Trail and make memories of a lifetime!


    Grand Canyon South Rim, Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend Day Tour from Las Vegas

    This one-day tour covers 3 amazing landscapes in the Grand Circle in just one day based from Las Vegas. In addition to the well-known Grand Canyon, you will visit Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend, where you can witness the stunning features that have been sculpted in this expansive sc

    This one-day tour covers 3 amazing landscapes in the Grand Circle in just one day based from Las Vegas. In addition to the well-known Grand Canyon, you will visit Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend, where you can witness the stunning features that have been sculpted in this expansive scenery.

  • - Grand Canyon National Park, a must-see World Heritage site in the Southwest
  • - Antelope Canyon, a renowned slot canyon whose colors and shapes have captivated photographers from around the world
  • - Horseshoe Bend where you can overlook the winding Colorado River below.
  • On the way back to Las Vegas, we will have a short break in Seligman, a small town on Route 66. This is a nice little stopover where you can enjoy the old American atmosphere.


    Grand Canyon South Rim Tour from Las Vegas

    See the Grand Canyon on this day trip from Las Vegas and return in time to hit up the casinos. Explore the iconic South Rim on your own terms, saving the narrated tour for the drive through the desert.

  • Day trip to the Grand Canyon South Rim from the Las Vegas Strip
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  • See the Grand Canyon on this day trip from Las Vegas and return in time to hit up the casinos. Explore the iconic South Rim on your own terms, saving the narrated tour for the drive through the desert.

  • Day trip to the Grand Canyon South Rim from the Las Vegas Strip
  • Explore the Grand Canyon on your own during unstructured time
  • Continental breakfast and deli-style lunch included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from your accommodation on the Las Vegas Strip

  • Sky Ranch Lodge

    Enjoy our Sedona views extending up to 75 miles in all directions. Sedona sunrises and sunsets fill the skies daily with breathtaking color. By night the lights of Sedona shine below. This unique Sedona, Arizona hotel offers affordable rooms, pool, spa, and beautiful gardens.
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    Hilton Sedona At Bell Rock

    A magical location, stunning landscape with sweeping vistas: Hilton Sedona at Bell Rock is your ideal home for adventure in red rock country. With a recent multi-million dollar renovation our refreshed resort features 221 modern guest rooms and suites, all with fireplace, patio or balcony
    A magical location, stunning landscape with sweeping vistas: Hilton Sedona at Bell Rock is your ideal home for adventure in red rock country. With a recent multi-million dollar renovation our refreshed resort features 221 modern guest rooms and suites, all with fireplace, patio or balcony, and mini kitchenette. Enjoy the full service spa, athletic club with fitness classes, two swimming pools and 18-hole championship golf course.
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