About Grand Canyon National Park
For detailed information visit our Grand Canyon Area Travel Guide.
Grand Canyon National Park is in northern Arizona about 80 miles north of Flagstaff, Arizona. Most visitor activities center on the South Rim and North Rim villages on either side of the canyon. The South Rim is is the destination of most visitors, 80 miles north of Flagstaff, and convenient to Interstates 40 and 17, 210 miles from Phoenix and about 275 miles from Las Vegas. The more remote North Rim is accessed by secondary roads, about 350 miles from Phoenix and 275 miles from Las Vegas. The two rims are only about 10 air miles apart but 215 miles by road.
The South and North Rims offer visitor services such as food, lodging and camping, as well as access to the most popular trails into the canyon. The South Rim is open all year but at 7,000 feet elevation experiences winter. Many of its vista points offer views of the Colorado River and the Inner Canyon. At 8,000 feet, the North Rim offers cool summers but must close from November to May due to harsh winters. It is far less crowded than the South Rim but offers limited views of the Inner Canyon.
The Phantom Ranch sits in the bottom of the canyon between the two rims. It offers rental cabins, bunkhouses, meals and snacks. There is also a nearby campground.
Almost all Grand Canyon activities must be reserved well in advance, including lodging, camping, backpacking, mule trips, and white water rafting, as well as meals at the Phantom Ranch.
Havasu Canyon with its beautiful falls and travertine pools is outside of Grand Canyon National Park. For information, visit the Official Website of the Havasupai Tribe.
The scenic Grand Canyon Railway runs from Williams, Arizona to the South Rim and offers a variety of services.
For more park information and visitor services, visit the Grand Canyon National Park (NPS) website.