Located in Arizona, Grand Canyon National Park is one of the oldest national parks in the United States. The Grand Canyon lies within the park. As a gorge of the Colorado River, the Grand Canyon is one of Seven Natural Wonders of the World. You won't believe your eyes while exploring the park.
Grand Canyon National Park receives an average of 5 million visitors every year. You can imagine the park is crowded most times of the year. The biggest throngs come in spring, summer and fall months. The off-peak season for the national park is November through February. If you plan a trip during these months, winter weather can be your major consideration.
Where to find Grand Canyon National Park? The park occupies an area of unincorporated area in Mohave County and Coconino County. The physical address is Village Loop Road, Grand Canyon, AZ 86023. The mailing address is Grand Canyon National Park, PO Box 129, Grand Canyon, AZ 86023. You can call 928-638-7888 for any recorded info or fax at 928-638-7797.
Within the park lies a 277-mile long canyon, which separates the park into South Rim and North Rim. Due to differences in elevation, north and south rims differ greatly in climate and vegetation. It's almost like having two parks in the Grand Canyon National Park.
Most visitors come to visit the South Rim. It's open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Camping, lodging and restaurants are all available for visitors all year round. You're strongly recommended to make reservations in advance during the busy summer season.
South Rim Map
The North Rim operates from Mid-May to Mid-October. North Rim lodging and camping and other visitor services and facilities are only open to the public during this period. Reservations are recommended for peak-season visits. Guests can also enjoy additional facilities in the surrounding Jacob Lake, Kaibab National Forest and the Kaibab Lodge Area.
North Rim Map
Google Map of Grand Canyon National Park
Comprehensive Maps for Grand Canyon National Park
You can also contact the park service info office to obtain maps of the Grand Canyon National Park. Contact by email, mail or phone. It may take four to six weeks to get the maps info your request depending on the time of the year. You can contact by phone for a faster response.
What are the driving directions to the park? A number of visitors prefer to have self-driving tours for the maximum convenience. Equip yourself with the detailed driving directions before starting the engine.
1) From the North
Visitors driving to the South Rim can head south on US-89 S and pass Cameron, Arizona. Turn right at AZ-64 W and proceed on AZ-64 W to the Park. If you're heading to the North Rim, drive along US-89 S toward US-89 Alt S. Head southeast on US-89 Alt S to Jacob Lake, Arizona and take AZ-67 S to the North Rim.
2) From the South
The South Rim visitors need to head north on I-17 N to Flagstaff, Arizona. Turn right onto US-89 N and proceed on. Turn left to AZ-64 W at Cameron. Turn left at AZ-64 W and you'll see the entrance to the South Rim. Guests to the North Rim can take I-17 N to Flagstaff, Arizona and drive along US-89 N to US-89 Alt N to Marble Canyon. Head on US-89 Alt to Jacob Lake, Arizona. Take AZ-67 S to the North Rim.
3) From the East
Guests coming from the East can take I-40 W to Flagstaff, Arizona and follow the same directions to the South Rim or North Rim as From the South.
4) From the West
If you're from the west, drive along I-40 E to AZ-64 N towards US-180 N. Take US-180 N to the Grand Canyon National Park.
Convenient public transportation services the park. If you're not in the mood to find parking lots and spaces to park your vehicle upon arrival, public transportation can be your premier option.
1) Taxi Service
Xanterra South Rim provides taxi services between Grand Canyon International Airport, the nearby hotels & businesses in Tusayan, AZ and the Grand Canyon Village. Please contact by calling 928-638-2822 for further info.
2) Train Service
You can rely on the Grand Canyon Railway for train services between Williams, AZ and Grand Canyon Village. If you only need a one way trip, bus service will be provided by the Railroad Express. Please contact any lodge transportation desk within the park if you want to take a one-way ride in the morning from Williams. For rides in the afternoon, contact the train service at 800-84308724. To ride on the vintage train, you need to check in at the Williams Station at 9 a.m. and you can get to the South Rim at 12:15 p.m. The train departs from the South Rim at 3:15 p.m. and gets back to Williams at 5:45 p.m. Thus, you have three hours to tour around the park in one day.
3) Air Service
For out-of-town guests, air travel may be preferred. Commercial air carriers serve Las Vegas, Phoenix and Flagstaff, AZ. The Grand Canyon Airport is located just 10 miles south of the park. But there's limited Las Vegas flights to the airport from Las Vegas and other cities. Check out its official website to get more airport and airlines info at www.grandcanyonairport.com.
4) Shuttle Services in the Park
- South Rim
Grand Canyon National Park services visitors with a free shuttle bus system on the South Rim. Three bus routes are available, including the Village Route, the Hermit Rest Route and the Kaibab Trail Route. They are all free of charge and no tickets are required.
- Village Route runs year round. It operates about every 30-60 minutes before sunrise to 6:30 a.m. In October and November, the buses run about every 10-15 minutes from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. In January, February, and December, shuttle services are available about every 10-15 minutes from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. The entire route takes approximately 50 minutes. Village Route serves blue stops, including Maswik Lodge, Canyon View Information Plaza, Yavapai Observation Station and Yavapai Lodge.
- Hermit Rest Route is only available from March 1 to November 30. During this period, buses on the route run every 30 minutes to one hour before sunrise until 7:30 a.m. Between 7:30 a.m. and sunset, buses operate every 10 minutes. The route bus will operate every 30 minutes after sunset and one hour after sunset.
- Kaibab Trail Route is available throughout the year. Buses on this route run about half an hour from one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset.
- North Rim
Shuttle service is not available on the North Rim. But the Trans-Canyon Shuttle offers rim to rim services. The shuttle service is offered seasonally on a daily basis between the South Rim and North Rim. Apart from hiking or self-driving, this can be the only means of public transportation between the two rims. The shuttle bus leaves the North Rim at 7 a.m. and arrives at the South Rim at 12 p.m. Then the shuttle departs from the South Rim at 1:30 p.m. and arrives back at the North Rim at 6:30 p.m.
One-way trip costs $60 each person and you'll be charged $100 for a round trip. Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made by calling 928-638-2820. Scheduled service is available between May 15 and October 15.
2011 Schedule for Trans Canyon Shuttle