This is where your Grand Canyon adventure begins
Who better than the Official National Geographic Visitor Center to help you create the trip of a lifetime? We provide our guests with a variety of tour options and the ability to purchase pre-pay passes to the park. We have expansive information about the Inner Canyon and the local area that includes lodging, attractions, shopping, dining and events. The Visitor Center itself is home to the most famous IMAX® movie theater of all time and has the Explorer’s Café for our hungry travelers. Our Staff is knowledgeable, friendly and able to help you make the most out of your time at the National Park. We even have an Official National Geographic Store where guests may purchase branded merchandise, souvenirs, books, dvds, outfitter gear and more.
Grand Canyon Visitor Center hours of operation
Summer (March 1 to October 31): 8:00 am – 10:00 pm
Film Times: Every hour on the 1/2 hour beginning at 8:30 am to 8:30 pm
Winter (November 1 to February 28): 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Film Times: Every hour on the 1/2 hour beginning at 10:30 am to 6:30 pm
What you will find at the Visitor Center
The National Geographic Visitor Center, located in Arizona at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon is the first place for guests to stop, both online and offline, to find the most comprehensive information to help create their Grand Canyon experience.
Talk To The Local Representatives
The local representatives that are on staff have lived in the area of the Grand Canyon for a long time and have experienced all that the National Park and surrounding areas offer. They are a great source of information and can offer guests excellent advice about traveling in and around the Grand Canyon areas.
Grand Canyon IMAX Theatre
Experience the history of the Grand Canyon and marvel at the amazing scenery while sitting comfortably in the IMAX Theater. The movie is visually stunning and delivered in a thrilling, non-stop, filmed adventure complete with realistic sounds and the sensation of motion only made possible by IMAX® technology. Our screen is a towering 6 stories high and through the power of IMAX takes you places it would take a lifetime to see in person. Grand Canyon: The Hidden Secrets in IMAX is a perfect start to your Grand Canyon adventure.
Pre-Purchase Park Entrance Passes
With no additional cost to purchase your pass ahead of time at the Visitor Center, pick up your pass to enter the Park area at the South Rim, and save yourself time. For travelers who have purchased pre-paid passes, there is a special lane that allows pre-paid pass vehicles to enter separately. This can save guests a significant amount of time, as the lane to pay and enter the park can sometimes be extremely long.
Browse through all the available sightseeing tours available at the National Park. With a large variety of guided trips & excursions and adventures, there is something to please every physical capability or age group. Choose from exciting aerial flights and a variety of Grand Canyon Pink Jeep Tours to enhance your experience. Our courteous and friendly staff can provide additional information.
Learn About the History of the Grand Canyon Through Interactive Exhibits
Visual images and other interactive exhibits are all a part of the Visitor Center experience and allow guests to learn about the history of the Canyon. Learn about the geology of the Canyon and experience the science behind the creation of the majestic park. Actual wooden dories from the filming of the John Wesley Powell expedition in the IMAX Movie, Grand Canyon: The Hidden Secrets.
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