Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park

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VISIT Grand Canyon National Park:

The Grand Canyon National Park averages 10 miles across and a mile deep. Cut by the Colorado River and tectonic forces, the canyon displays astonishing layers of red rock, revealing millions of years of geological history in its cross-section.

The Grand Canyon must be seen to be believed. This incredible park encompasses stunning canyons and the beautiful Colorado River tributaries that will take your breath away. The Grand Canyon was declared a National Monument in 1908 by Theodore Roosevelt. It was given National Park status in 1919 and the rest is history!

Any amount of time at Grand Canyon National Park will be amazing, but a minimum of 3 days is recommended. Even one day at the Grand Canyon will allow you to hike, check out the viewpoints and marvel at the grandeur.

Two Rims: North & South

The Grand Canyon is split up into 4 distinct sections. Only 2 of those sections are in Grand Canyon National Park, the South Rim and the North Rim, with the south being the most popular. The North rim is closed in the winter. The Grand Canyon’s West Rim is managed by the Hualapai Tribe, and is about 4.5 hours from the park’s popular South Rim. Grand Canyon’s East Rim is located north of the South Rim and is known for bringing guests closer to the Little Colorado River.

Places to Stay in the Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is remote enough that the best place to stay when visiting are the lodges within the park. This includes the Bright Angel Lodges and the El Tovar. However, if you want to stay in a town outside of the park, here are some nearby options:

  • Tusayan, AZ (7 miles away)
  • Grand Canyon Junction, AZ (29 miles)
  • Cameron, AZ (57 miles)
  • Williams, AZ (60 miles)

Park Details

Grand Canyon National Park was established on February 26, 1919, and has a total area of 1,201,647 acres (1,878 square miles, or 4,865 square kilometers).

Address 20 South Entrance Road, Grand Canyon, AZ, 86023
HoursThe South Rim of the park is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The North Rim is only open between May and October.
Entrance Fee$35 valid for 7 days
Learn MoreOfficial Website

When to Visit: Weather vs. Peak Visitation

Grand Canyon National Park is the 13th most visited park in the country.

We crunched 30 years of historical weather and/or park service data to find the best months to visit Grand Canyon National Park. We looked for the optimal temperatures, the least amount of snow and rain, and stayed away from peak visitation months if we could help it. All this data then helped us paint a picture as to what the absolute best time to visit Grand Canyon National Park is.

Our data shows the best months to visit Grand Canyon National Park are September, May, October & November.

Park Visits164,922161,428317,054421,232484,442538,530556,766430,684399,321430,734345,649280,593
Avg Temp465058667585898680695646
Max Temp586270788694969388806960
Avg Temp272932354352616052413126
Min Temp161621233039515139261713
Temperature values in °F; Precipitation in Inches

Grand Canyon National Park Road Trips

Many family vacations consist of stringing one or more national parks together during a week-long trip. Creating these types of trips is our specialty! Here are the road trips we've created where Grand Canyon National Park is visited.

Trip NameTrip MilesTrip Days
Visit Grand Canyon in One Day From Las Vegas2501
South to North, Arizona to Montana & Saguaro to Glacier2,12014
Grand Canyon, Mesa Verde, Black Canyon to Rocky Mountains1,00512
Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Arches, Black Canyon to Rockies1,08612
Grand Canyon to Zion National Park6869

Other Nearby National Park Sites

From national monuments, to historic sites to seashores and more, here are the other parks closest to Grand Canyon National Park.

Wupatki National Monument53 mi
Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument59 mi
Pipe Spring National Monument65 mi
Walnut Canyon National Monument70 mi
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area74 mi
Tuzigoot National Monument89 mi
Zion National Park93 mi
Rainbow Bridge National Monument95 mi
Navajo National Monument98 mi
Montezuma Castle National Monument101 mi

Nearby Campsites & RV Parks

If you are looking to pitch a tent or park an RV at a campsite near Grand Canyon National Park, here is a list of the closest campsites in the surrounding area. They all have slightly different amenitites, so its best to check them all out instead of just chosing the first on the list.

NameDetailsMiles Away
Mather - Grand Canyon National ParkGrand Canyon, AZ more 0 miles
Trailer Village - Grand Canyon National ParkGrand Canyon, AZ more 1 miles
TenXTusayan, AZ more 8 miles
North Rim - Grand Canyon National ParkAZ more 11 miles
Desert View - Grand Canyon National ParkGrand Canyon, AZ more 17 miles
De MotteJacob Lake, AZ more 25 miles
Jacob LakeJacob Lake, AZ more 46 miles

Nearest Ski Resorts

For those of you who are the diehard outdoors type, visiting a national park on a ski trip can be quite the adventure. Here are the ski resorts within 100 miles of Grand Canyon National Park:

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
Arizona SnowballFlagstaff, AZ12,000 ft62%56 mi
Elk RidgeWilliams, AZ8,150 ft32%66 mi

Nearest Airports

When visiting a National park, many people are faced with either a very long drive across country, or a much shorter flight. For those of you looking to fly into Grand Canyon National Park, we've listed the closest airports in the area.

Large Airports

A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airports to Grand Canyon National Park.

Lake Havasu City International AirportLHSLake Havasu City, AZ163 mi
Harry Reid International AirportLASLas Vegas, NV169 mi
Phoenix Sky Harbor International AirportPHXPhoenix, AZ181 mi
Salt Lake City International AirportSLCSalt Lake City, UT327 mi
Ontario International AirportONTOntario, CA339 mi
San Diego International AirportSANSan Diego, CA369 mi
Los Angeles International AirportLAXLos Angeles, CA384 mi
Medium Airports

A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airports to Grand Canyon National Park.

Grand Canyon National Park AirportGCNGrand Canyon - Tusayan, AZ7 mi
Flagstaff Pulliam International AirportFLGFlagstaff, AZ68 mi
Prescott International Airport - Ernest A. Love FieldPRCPrescott, AZ98 mi
Saint George-Southwest Utah International AirportSGUSt George, UT103 mi
Cedar City Regional AirportCDCCedar City, UT126 mi
Lake Havasu City International AirportHIILake Havasu City, AZ162 mi
Phoenix–Mesa Gateway AirportAZAMesa, AZ192 mi

Credits: Campground data provided by Map shapes from CartographyVectors. Weather data from NOAA. Airport data from Images from Unsplash, Flickr and Parks&Trips. All data has also been updated and augmented by Parks&Trips.

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Chris Cagle

I love traveling the United States. I hunt down fantastic places to visit in the summer and great slopes to ski down in the winter. The first national park I ever visited was the Smokies, but since then, I've been to dozens. However, my favorite by far has been Zion.