Frequently asked questions

Where is the Grand Canyon?

The Grand Canyon is located in the northwestern corner of Arizona. It borders both Utah and Nevada. The Colorado River separates the South rim from the North Rim.

How do I get to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon?

90% of visitors visit the South Rim. Phoenix Arizona is the closest large city to the South Rim. If you fly into Phoenix, you can rent a car and drive to the Grand Canyon. From Phoenix it is 231 miles / 372 kilometers. Take I-17 north to I-40. Take I-40 west to Highway 64. Take Highway 64 north directly to the South Rim.

Williams and Flagstaff are smaller cities but they don't have a major airport. Williams has a train that travels back and forth from the Grand Canyon.

The South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park is 85 – 90 miles northwest of Flagstaff, Arizona and approximately 60 miles north of Williams, Arizona.

From Las Vegas, NV -it is 278 miles / 447 kilometers from the South RimTake Highway 93 south to I-40. Take I-40 east to Highway 64. Take Highway 64 north directly to the South Rim.

The South Rim is open all year round.

How do I get to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon?

The North Rim is located on the "Utah" side of the Grand Canyon and the entrance station is 30 miles south of Jacob Lake on Highway 67. (The actual rim of the Grand Canyon with visitor services is an additional 14 miles south.) There is no airport or rail service to the park. (that means that the North Rim village may only be reached by road.

St. George Utah is 156 miles west of the North Rim.

The North Rim is only open from Mid May to Mid October. It is much more remote and out of the way.

What is weather like at the Grand Canyon?

Summer weather at the South Rim is in the 80s on the top of the rim. It is close to 100 at the bottom and usually exceeds 100 degrees. Short afternoon thunder showers are daily during the monsoon season (July through September).

Summer at the North Rim is cooler with average temperatures in the 70s with lows in the 40 and 50s.

Winter... The north rim is closed.

At the South Rim you can expect snow, icy roads and trails. Winter starts mid November. The temperature is in the teens along the rim. During early winter and early spring expect fog that usually burns off by noon.

What are the fees ?

The entrance fee to the Grand Canyon national park is $25.00 per vehicle. If you are entering on foot, bicycle or motorcycle it is $12.00 per person. No refunds are given for inclement weather. The admission fee is for seven days and covers both north and south rims.

There are always questions on whether pets are allowed.

Pets must be leashed at all times. On the South Rim, leashed pets are allowed on trails above the rim, Mather Campground, Desert View Campground, Trailer Village and throughout the developed areas.

Pets are not permitted below the rim, in park lodging (hotel rooms), or on park buses. The only exception would be a service animal. Persons wishing to take a service animal below the rim must check-in first at the Backcountry Information Center.

On the North Rim pets are not allowed other than the bridle path that connects the lodge with the North Kaibab Trail.

A kennel is available at the South Rim only. It is open daily from 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.Call (928)638-0534 for information. Reservations are suggested.

Is there an elevator or escalator that goes to the bottom of the Grand Canyon?

Almost everyone who works at the Grand Canyon has been asked this question at one time or another. I realize that hiking the canyon is a lot of work and it would be much faster and easier to take an elevator. Think about this... if there was an elevator going to the bottom of the canyon it would be twice as tall as the largest building in the world the Buri Dubai. The answer is No.

There are only 3 ways to get to the bottom. Hiking the trails, rafting from Lees Ferry and Mule Rides.

Can I ride my ATV, or use my hang glider?

No these and other motorized vehicles and mechanized equipment are specifically prohibited by the Wilderness Act and BLM wilderness management policy.

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