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Located in northern Arizona, the Grand Canyon is one of the great tourist attractions in the United States and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are two ways to approach the Canyon: the remote North Rim and the more accessible (and therefore more crowded) South Rim. Both areas have several options for camping, as well as hotels and restaurants. Expect all of these facilities to be overflowing with vistors during the busy summer season. Fall, spring, and winter are all great times to visit the Grand Canyon.
Several tour Buses as well as Greyhound run from Flagstaff, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles to both rims.
Green Tortoise runs a tour of canyons of the American Southwest, including the Grand Canyon (duh).
Via highway 67 from Jacob Lake, Arizona.
The closest airport is in St. George, Utah, Flagstaff, Los Vegas
From Williams(Arizona) 60 miles north on Highway 64; From Flagstaff, 80 miles north on Highway 180.
There is a Grand Canyon Airport (in Tusayan, just south of the park), but most vistors will fly into the international airports at Flagstaff or Phoenix, Arizona.
Most of the views are reachable by car or on foot. You can go into the canyon by horse, mule, or on foot.
A park-run shuttle service sometimes runs between the North and the South Rim.
- Nature walks
- Mule rides into the canyon
- Historical and ecological talks, movies, and meuseums
All types of tourist trinkets relating to the Grand Canyon, native American Indians, and the American Southwest are available in shops for miles in any direction from the Grand Canyon. The North Rim has only one shop for postcards, T-shirts, etc. The South Rim is overflowing with shopping options.
- Cafe On The Rim North Rim. Serves cafeteria-style snacks, breakfast, lunch and dinner. Veggie burgers, salades, sandwhiches. $1-$10.
- Coffee Saloon North Rim. Located in the Rough Rider Saloon. Coffee, bagels, and pasteries. 5:30am-10:30am.
Cocktails served in the Grand Canyon Lodge Dining Room and Rough Rider Saloon.
Grand Canyon Village
- Name of Place, Address (extra directions if necessary), phone number (email, fax, other contact if possible). Days and times open. One to three sentences about the service, atmosphere, view, rooms, what have you. $lowprice-$highprice (extra price info). http://www.hotel.example.com/
- Kaibab National Forest, accessible off the SR 64 near Grand View is a dirt road that enters the Kaibab National Forest. All camping is free in US National Forests and if you are car camping and prefer to stay away from the scene in Grand Canyon Village and the developed campsites, this is the place to go. However, there are no facilities available so bring in (and out) everything that you'll need.
- Grand Canyon Lodge, Grand Canyon North. Open daily, May 10 - October 13, 6:30 am - 9:30 pm. . 1930s National Historic Landmark with motel rooms and cabins on the edge of the North Rim. $lowprice-$highprice (extra price info). http://www.grandcanyonnorthrim.com/
You cannot hike into and out of the canyon in one day, no matter what an excellent hiker or mountaineer you are. Hundreds of hikers each year have to be rescued from the Inner Canyon due to exhaustion and dehydration. If you go down into the canyon, plan to spend the night, and bring enough food, water, shelter, and other backcountry camping equipment to keep yourself safe and sound. If you don't have the equipment, stay out of the canyon.