The Grand Canyon Visitor Center is the first place to begin planning your Grand Canyon vacation. The Center provides year round information on lodging, attractions, exhibits, shopping and tours. Find out what is best to pack for different parts of your trip and what you should wear when hiking, mule riding, river rafting or while on any of the available tours. Be entertained by our interactive exhibits and our IMAX® Film – “Grand Canyon: The Hidden Secrets”. Talk to local area representatives to learn about other attractions and find fun tours to enhance your complete Park experience. With so much to learn and do at the Visitor Center, guests will find abundant information to make their vacation easier and less stressful.
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Lodging for Grand Canyon Vacation
Camping, Hotels and lodging are available for visitors in the South Rim and other areas. The South Rim Grand Canyon is open year round. The high season is considered to be in the months of June, July and August. It is recommended that hotel and motel rooms be booked in advance especially if planning to stay close to the Grand Canyon South Rim gates. Hotels are often at near or full capacity during the high season.
What To Pack
Sometimes knowing what to pack ahead of time can save you problems when getting to your destination. Learn what to pack for activities and weather. The Grand Canyon has a variety of weather types depending on the season. Check our Grand Canyon weather page for details on temperature and rainfall by season and by area.
Discover things to do in the local area.
Take home souvenirs, find extra clothing or gear with local shopping.
Things To Do
We’ve compiled a list of interesting things to do during your stay at the Grand Canyon.
Things To Do With Kids
Every parent wants to ensure their children have a great time while on vacation, find our suggestions for the younger generation.
Grand Canyon Vacation Attractions
The Grand Canyon and surrounding areas have a lot of fun and exciting attractions – check them out!
Grand Canyon Visit Suggested Itineraries
We have provided some suggested things for you and your group to do while at the Grand Canyon.
Important Park Information
Headquarters P.O. Box 129, Grand Canyon, Arizona 86023. Phone (928) 638-7888. Fax (928) 638-7797.
Seasons & Accessibility The South Rim is open year-round. The North Rim is closed to vehicles from October to May.
Weather and Road Information For weather and road information, call (928) 638 7888.
Visitor & Information Centers The South Rim Visitor Center in Grand Canyon Village is open all year. Call (928) 638-7888. The North Rim Contact Station is open mid-October through mid-May. Call (928)638-7864. Entrance Fee $25 per car per week.
Pets Pets are allowed when leashed, on rim trails, but on the South Rim pets are not permitted below the rim area. For your convenience kennels are available; Call (928)638-2631.
Facilities for Disabled Guests The Visitor Center is wheelchair accessible. The West Rim Drive is open to vehicles carrying disabled persons with permits.
Special Advisory Be very careful near the rim; protective barriers are intermittent. Guests are expected to be aware of dangerous cliff edges and to act accordingly. Guests are also asked to refrain from feeding wildlife animals as their behavior can be unpredictable.
Overnight Backpacking Permits are needed. More Information is available on our Back-Country Permits page. Back-country Office, P.O. Box 129, Grand Canyon, AZ 86023. (928) 638-7875.
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