Visitors to the
southwest should make every effort to include a day trip
to the Grand Canyon—one of the most spectacular sights in the
United States. You will find a variety of activities in and
around the park including hiking, rafting, ranger programs,
scenic air flights, bus and train tours, horseback riding and
fishing. Camping requires a permit from the Backcountry Office.
For more information call 520-638-7875. You should apply for a
permit well in advance of your trip. Mule rides may be reserved
11 months in advance and there is often a waiting list.
National Park hosts approximately 5 million visitors each year,
so advance reservations is a definite must. During the peak
visitation months of March through October, you can expect
crowds. Although winter can bring snow and road closures, it
also offers an opportunity to see the South Rim in a different
setting. The North Rim is closed from mid-October through
Make your first stop
the Visitors Center, located 6 miles north of the south entrance
station. The visitor center offers information about the park as
well as maps, brochures and educational materials.