Popular Things to Do at the Grand Canyon

If you're heading to Grand Canyon National Park for a day or two and are looking to get the most of your time at this Natural Wonder of the World, consider doing a few of these Grand Canyon's South Rim activities. They can offer incredible views, rich history, and open the gateway to a much more engaging experience.

    1) Yaki Point

    Take the free shuttle (Orange) year-round from the visitor center to this overlook point.

    2 ) Bright Angel Lodge

    A historic lodge that will take you back in time! You can find food, lodging and souvenirs here. 928-638-2631

    3) Walk the Rim

    From Mather Point to Yavapai Point and Geology Museum (0.7 miles)
    From Yavapai Point to Verkamp’s Visitor Center (1.4 miles)

    4) Bright Angel Trailhead Passport Stamp

    Visit the Bright Angel Trailhead to get your passport stamped at the Kolb Studio and to visit the Lookout Studio. As well as to see this iconic trailhead and hike to a natural arch that is near to the start.

    5) Hermit’s Rest

    Take the shuttle (Red) on Hermit Road to amazing points and vistas to Hermit’s Rest (March 1 - November 30)

    6) Ride a horse or mule into the Canyon

    There are different options to be able to ride a horse or mule into the Grand Canyon. For mule rides contact the Bright Angel Transportation Desk at 928-638-2631. You can even ride your own horse if you want too! Or if you would like to hire a horse, Apache Stables in Tusayan is a popular stable for horseback riding. Contact: 928-638-2891, www.apachestables.com.

    7) Free daily Park Rangers programs

    From the visitor center take the Blue Shuttle to check out Shrine of the Ages. A multi-functional venue located in the heart of Grand Canyon Village that provides daily free park ranger programs.

    8) Explore Tusayan

    Take the shuttle (Purple) in the spring and fall into Tusayan to visit the Imax and eat at Big E Steakhouse and Saloon

    9) Drive to Desert View Watchtower

    A 22-mile drive from the visitor center along the canyon’s rim. You will pass Grandview Trailhead, Buggeln, Moran Point, the Tusayan Museum and Ruin, Lipan Point, and Navajo Point – all are wonderful places to get out of the car and have a picnic. Desert View Watchtower has information, Hopi murals, cultural demonstrators, and passport stamping. You can climb the stairs up this amazing tower. 928-638-8960

    10) Camp at the Desert View Campground

    (April – Oct) First come first served. Tent, RV. Leashed animals okay. 928-638-7888

Pro Tip: Utilize the FREE shuttle buses: Arrive every 10-15 minutes / 4 bus routes
Leave what you find: rocks, plants, artifacts, wood. This is a National Park.
Beat the Heat, always have water and always be aware of the weather.
Flying drones in the Grand Canyon is illegal.


More Grand Canyon Things to Do

  • Self-Guided Hiking (See some of our suggested trails)
  • Take photos
  • Free hop-on/hop-off bus shuttle along the rim
  • Enjoy a picnic
  • Spend time in the Visitor Centers, museums, galleries, shops, and outdoor exhibits
  • Rent or bring a bike to ride along the South Rim
  • Go on a guided tour (air, van, mule, hiking, bike and others)
  • Walk the Grand Canyon Skywalk on the West Rim
  • Go on a white water river trip
  • Camp at one of the several campgrounds near the South and North Rims

GRAND CANYON TOURS & ATTRACTIONS

Grand Canyon South Rim Self-Guided Driving Tour

Witness one of the natural wonders of the world in all its glory. The Grand Canyon is so massive, and awe-inspiring that you simply must see it with your own two eyes to truly understand its scale. This value-for-money self-guided tour takes you to all the best vistas and hiking trails. Ex
Witness one of the natural wonders of the world in all its glory. The Grand Canyon is so massive, and awe-inspiring that you simply must see it with your own two eyes to truly understand its scale. This value-for-money self-guided tour takes you to all the best vistas and hiking trails. Explore Grand Canyon at your own pace with over 60 stories laid out on a 45-mile route.
  • Fully Guided Personal Tours
  • Professionally Narrated Stories
  • Tour Valid Forever
  • Works Offline
  • Fun Facts
  • Tour At Your Own Pace
  • Location Aware, Plays Automatically
  • Don’t Miss Any Sightseeing Points
  • No Groups. No Tips

  • Advantage Grand Canyon

    As a central reservation service for all 16 Grand Canyon Rafting Outfitters, we can help you find your ideal adventure, at no additional cost! Our Trip Finder let's you browse all of the trips offered and compare them apples to apples! Not sure what questions to ask or where to start? No P
    As a central reservation service for all 16 Grand Canyon Rafting Outfitters, we can help you find your ideal adventure, at no additional cost! Our Trip Finder let's you browse all of the trips offered and compare them apples to apples! Not sure what questions to ask or where to start? No Problem! Contact us and our educated team will provide you with detailed information on river trips that fit within your travel preferences. Our goal is to create an enjoyable, free and unbiased experience for you while navigating the many options of traveling through one of America's most prized possessions. Take the Advantage!

    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.

    Bearizona Wildlife Park

    Welcome to Bearizona Wildlife Park. We are a Wildlife adventure, open year-round. Located on 160 acres in the city of Williams Az. We are right off Route 66 on the way to the Grand Canyon, just a short drive from Sedona and Flagstaff. The park consists of a 3 mile drive thru and Fort Beari
    Welcome to Bearizona Wildlife Park. We are a Wildlife adventure, open year-round. Located on 160 acres in the city of Williams Az. We are right off Route 66 on the way to the Grand Canyon, just a short drive from Sedona and Flagstaff. The park consists of a 3 mile drive thru and Fort Bearizona. In the drive-thru, you will take your own vehicle or our Wild Ride Bus through pristine Natural habitats for many North American Species. In these free-roaming areas, you will see wolves, bears, bison, and many other large species that can come right up to your car. Where the drive thru ends Fort Bearizona begins. Park your car and come on in. This is where you will find our smaller animals like river otters and bobcats. The barnyard, which is our petting zoo and fun for all ages. The Raptor Free Flight program, where birds of prey fly right over your head. All Shows which include animal meet-n-greets and training presentations. Big Bear Gift shop, over 8,000 sq feet of treasures and also housing Arizona's largest model train, a historically accurate replica of the railroad from Williams depot to the grand canyon. For dining options we have the Bearizona Grill for a quick snack or our themed Canyonlands restaurant where you can sit and have a hot meal and a cold beverage overlooking our remarkable jaguar enclosure. You can Hop on our website for all current show times and we hope you can come visit us soon. Not only will you learn about lots of Awesome North American animals but you will also have an amazing time while your doing it.

    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.

    Colorado River & Trail Expeditions

    Colorado River & Trail Expeditions offers rowing, paddle, motor, kayak support, and hybrid all-inclusive rafting trips. We offer a variety of trip lengths and options. We specialize in taking our clients to the best spots in the Grand Canyon. We pride ourselves in having friendly experi
    Colorado River & Trail Expeditions offers rowing, paddle, motor, kayak support, and hybrid all-inclusive rafting trips. We offer a variety of trip lengths and options. We specialize in taking our clients to the best spots in the Grand Canyon. We pride ourselves in having friendly experienced guides, serving great food, and supplying our customers with the most modern equipment and gear. In addition we are a member of various environmental groups and do our best to take care of the Grand Canyon and our Earth.

    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!


    Western River Expeditions

    Discover the Grand Canyon, endless in scenic wonder, rich in Native American history and loaded with fun and adventure, Western River Expeditions' Grand Canyon tours are a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Exploring the Grand Canyon by river is an experience unlike any other. Discover hidden
    Discover the Grand Canyon, endless in scenic wonder, rich in Native American history and loaded with fun and adventure, Western River Expeditions' Grand Canyon tours are a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Exploring the Grand Canyon by river is an experience unlike any other. Discover hidden waterfalls and paradisiacal side canyons - areas of Grand Canyon National Park that are accessible only by river.

    Out Of Africa Wildlife Park

    Come see Tiger Splash show at 1:15 every day. Watch Bengal tigers in natural play as they "hunt" their caretakers. Open Daily 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Just 40 minutes from Sedona.

    Predator Zip Lines

    Experience the wind ripping through your hair on a thrill ride over nature's wildest predators. Enjoy the adventure of a lifetime on a world-class zip line over Out of Africa Wildlife Park in Camp Verde Arizona! We are conveniently located less than 20 miles from Sedona, in the heart of

    Experience the wind ripping through your hair on a thrill ride over nature's wildest predators. Enjoy the adventure of a lifetime on a world-class zip line over Out of Africa Wildlife Park in Camp Verde Arizona! We are conveniently located less than 20 miles from Sedona, in the heart of Northern Arizona's wine country, just minutes from tasting rooms and vineyards. From the top of the towers, you can see majestic red rocks, the San Francisco peaks, and the whole breathtaking Verde Valley including Cottonwood, Clarkdale and Jerome. Come join us for a Zip Line adventure that you'll never forget! Ride the most exciting zip line ever devised, over Out of Africa and soar over Lions, Tigers, Wolves, Hyenas, Bears, Jaguars and other natural predators!


    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.

    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.

    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.

    Helicopter Tour of the North Canyon with Optional Hummer Excursion

    The Grand Canyon is undoubtedly beautiful, but this helicopter tour of the iconic canyon elevates the views to a whole new level. Soar over Kaibab National Forest and into the Dragon Corridor—the deepest and widest part of the canyon. Upgrade your tour to include a Hummer tour of other

    The Grand Canyon is undoubtedly beautiful, but this helicopter tour of the iconic canyon elevates the views to a whole new level. Soar over Kaibab National Forest and into the Dragon Corridor—the deepest and widest part of the canyon. Upgrade your tour to include a Hummer tour of other essential Grand Canyon sights after the ride; your car is waiting for you for a seamless transition.

    • Grand Canyon North Rim helicopter tour
    • Bring your camera for unbeatable views of the canyon
    • A memorable travel experience great for first-time and return visitors alike
    • Upgrade to include a Hummer tour after the helicopter ride

    Grand Canyon Expeditions

    The Grand Canyon is one of the wonders of the world, and what better way to see it than from its heart, on a Colorado river rafting trip? This unique trip down the Grand Canyon ranges from running world-class rapids to hiking and swimming in the side canyons to investigating the remains le
    The Grand Canyon is one of the wonders of the world, and what better way to see it than from its heart, on a Colorado river rafting trip? This unique trip down the Grand Canyon ranges from running world-class rapids to hiking and swimming in the side canyons to investigating the remains left by the first inhabitants of the Grand Canyon. Let our experienced guides show you the wonders of the Grand Canyon. This is not a tour of the Grand Canyon, it's an adventure!

    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.

    Small Group Antelope Canyon Day Trip from Phoenix

    Benefit from a full-day tour from Phoenix to Antelope Canyon to see more of Arizona’s natural beauty. Take in Route 66, Flagstaff, the San Francisco Peaks, Lake Powell, and a Navajo Trading Post on the way to Antelope Canyon. Then explore Antelope Canyon with a Navajo guide, and see the

    Benefit from a full-day tour from Phoenix to Antelope Canyon to see more of Arizona’s natural beauty. Take in Route 66, Flagstaff, the San Francisco Peaks, Lake Powell, and a Navajo Trading Post on the way to Antelope Canyon. Then explore Antelope Canyon with a Navajo guide, and see the Colorado River from the Horseshoe Bend Overlook. Meals and hotel pickup and drop-off are included. Choose between a small-group or private tour.

  • Skip the hassle of driving unfamiliar roads with a guided tour
  • Hear insightful commentary from the guide
  • Includes lunch, light breakfast, snacks, and bottled water
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off provided

  • Small Group Grand Canyon West Rim Day Trip from Las Vegas

    Explore the West Rim of the Grand Canyon on a full-day tour from Las Vegas. Travel in a comfortable vehicle with a small group, making a short pit stop at the Hoover Dam. At the canyon, you’ll ride a shuttle to two of the park’s most well-known landmarks—Eagle Point and Guano Point—in orde
    Explore the West Rim of the Grand Canyon on a full-day tour from Las Vegas. Travel in a comfortable vehicle with a small group, making a short pit stop at the Hoover Dam. At the canyon, you’ll ride a shuttle to two of the park’s most well-known landmarks—Eagle Point and Guano Point—in order to maximize your time on the ground. Return to the welcome center where you can snag a few souvenirs, then return to Vegas with fantastic photos and new memories. Ask about the add-on “city lights” helicopter as an add-on upon the return.

    Custom Grand Canyon Day Trip from Phoenix

    The Grand Canyon is on just about every bucket list—make sure you see it on this day trip from Phoenix, which includes round-trip transportation from your hotel. A guided tour takes the planning and guesswork out of an ambitious day trip, helping you make the most of your time at the Grand
    The Grand Canyon is on just about every bucket list—make sure you see it on this day trip from Phoenix, which includes round-trip transportation from your hotel. A guided tour takes the planning and guesswork out of an ambitious day trip, helping you make the most of your time at the Grand Canyon and enjoy the scenery during the drive.

    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

    IMAX Grand Canyon National Geographic Visitor Center

    Located 1 mile from the National Park South Rim Entrance. Go beyond the rim in the spectacular IMAX adventure film shown on a 6-story high screen. The Visitor Center also includes Pink Jeep Tours, Pizza Hut Express and the world famous National Geographic Store.

    Signature Tour - Grand Canyon South Rim with Ground Tour from Phoenix

    Marvel at the Grand Canyon's vast expanse and some of the American Southwest's most awe-inspiring terrain during a scenic flight from Phoenix. Your pilot flies at the perfect altitude to clearly view the natural beauty of Arizona, including Tonto National Forest, San Francisco Peaks, Mo

    Marvel at the Grand Canyon's vast expanse and some of the American Southwest's most awe-inspiring terrain during a scenic flight from Phoenix. Your pilot flies at the perfect altitude to clearly view the natural beauty of Arizona, including Tonto National Forest, San Francisco Peaks, Montezuma Well, and the Red Rocks of Sedona. Experience this majestic wilderness from the ground and air on a day-long tour that includes a stop in the National Park and the historic village.

  • Full-day tour of the Grand Canyon by airplane, from Phoenix
  • Soak in spectacular aerial views of the Grand Canyon and other Arizona landmarks
  • Fly over Tonto National Forest, the Red Rocks of Sedona and Montezuma's Well
  • Learn about the wildlife, geology and history of the Grand Canyon and Arizona

  • North & East Rim Imperial with Ecostar Family Flight

    Recommend for groups of 4+. Take the Imperial Air tour on an aircraft dedicated exclusively for yourself and your family/friends.

    Experience the Grand Canyon aboard a helicopter tour reserved entirely for your party. These helicopters have been designed with ecological impact in mi

    Recommend for groups of 4+. Take the Imperial Air tour on an aircraft dedicated exclusively for yourself and your family/friends.

    Experience the Grand Canyon aboard a helicopter tour reserved entirely for your party. These helicopters have been designed with ecological impact in mind and feature lower noise to minimize disturbance. Set off from the Grand Canyon air terminal for aerial sights of the incredible rock gorges, the Colorado River twisting below, and the forested areas of the North Rim. Enjoy the most environmentally-friendly and exclusive way to tour the Grand Canyon by air!

    Grand Canyon and Sedona Day Adventure from Scottsdale or Phoenix

    Make the most of your time in Arizona with a full-day tour that visits both the Grand Canyon and Sedona. Depart early from Scottsdale or Phoenix to explore the south rim of the Grand Canyon, taking in two prime viewpoints and strolling along the rim, then eating lunch. Continue to Sedon

    Make the most of your time in Arizona with a full-day tour that visits both the Grand Canyon and Sedona. Depart early from Scottsdale or Phoenix to explore the south rim of the Grand Canyon, taking in two prime viewpoints and strolling along the rim, then eating lunch. Continue to Sedona where you check out the uptown district, and get photo ops at red rock sites.

  • Includes lunch and entrance fees
  • Hear insightful commentary from the guide
  • Learn about Arizona’s history and natural features
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off provided

  • 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!


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