The Memorial Day Weekend is always a busy at the Grand Canyon. To get the most of your visit, here are some tips plus a link to the National Park Survival Guide to dealing with crowds.
- Take the Tusayan Route and don’t drive into the park. Take the shuttle bus from the IMAX Theatre.
- Get to the park early – by 9:00 a.m. if possible
- The Hermit’s Rest (Red) Route is best experienced in the morning; by late morning, the shuttle bus lines are long to access this route – waiting two to three buses is not uncommon
- By 10:00 a.m, parking is limited around the visitor center, so proceed to lots A-D
- The Rim Trail and shuttle bus stops are a short walk from lots A-D
- Parking lot D is good for those with RVs and trailers; RVs can also park in lot B
- If visiting the South Rim for three hours or less:
- Park the car at the Grand Canyon Visitor Center or parking lots A or B (depending on the time of day) and take a walk along the Rim Trail
- Wanting to ride a shuttle bus – take the Kaibab Rim (Orange) Route
- If arriving in the afternoon and have four to five hours:
- Leave the car and shuttle buses behind and take a walk along the Rim Trail
- Take your private vehicle out along Desert View Drive; Grandview and Lipan Points may be full, but there is typically parking at other viewpoints along this road; Desert View Point almost always has available parking
Twitter feed that outlines current parking and road conditions: @GrandCanyonNPS