Grand Canyon Area Information
The Grand Canyon is one of the Wonders of the World. With over 4 million visitors a year, the National Park is an abundant source of information, beauty and inspiration to guests. Preserving one of only 7 Natural Wonders of the World, we have reached out and touched the stars, but are filled with a sense of wonder at the mysteries of creation. We stand on the rim of Grand Canyon and are awed by the hidden secrets of the earth, not unlike the ancients who have stood thousands of years before us. What unknown forces caused the Colorado River to carve this great chasm? Is it the work of God, or a symphony of nature? Is it the summation of all grandeur, or the grave of the world?
Official National Park Pay Stations
The National Park Service has Pay Stations located at the South Entrance and East Entrance to Grand Canyon National Park. Frequently there are long lines of vehicles waiting to enter the Park, particularly during the peak tourist season. Now that these stations accept credit cards, the waiting time has appreciably decreased. However, Fast entry into the Park can now be accomplished by paying entry fees at the Official Pay Station located in the National Geographic® Visitor Center. A special entry lane then allows vehicles to circumvent the heavy traffic lanes and enter the Park with virtually no delay. There is no additional fee for using the National Geographic Visitor Center Pay Station. Entrance Fees: (7 day pass) Private Vehicles – $25.00. Pedestrians/Cyclists – $12.00. Local regularly scheduled transit – $6.00 per person. Age 16 and under Free. Regional shuttle (within 100 miles distance) – $8.00 per person Age 16 and under Free Commercial tours: (100 miles or more distance) Vehicles with 1-25 passenger capacity – $8.00 per person Age 16 and under Free. Vehicles with 26+ passenger capacity – $300.00 per vehicle. No discounted fees. Golden Access, Age, Eagle and America The Beautiful passes accepted except as noted. No refunds due to inclement weather.
South Rim – Open year-around including holidays, Entrance stations opened 24 hours. The Park’s Visitor Center and many Park facilities open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., and off-season 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Special Permits Needed to Camp and Access Inner Canyon Areas PLEASE NOTE: Advanced Reservations and Back-country Permits are required for many overnight or Inner Canyon Activities. The Inner Canyon is accessible by 16 hiking trails, 3 of which are regularly maintained. Permits are required for Inner Canyon access and Camping in areas below the Rim or during Rafting Tours or Mule Trips – and can be found at the Back-country Permits Office Scheduled mule trips and Colorado River boat or rafting trips also available, with reservations required well in advance. Contact Grand Canyon National Park Lodges at (303) 297-2757, or write Xanterra Parks & Resorts®, 6312 South Fiddlers Green Circle, Suite 600N, Greenwood Village, CO 80111. Lodging, Dining, Shopping and More Information: (Please follow the links to obtain more information) Lodging Dining Shopping Back-country Permits Office Guided Sightseeing Tours