We Know: All About the Grand Canyon

What is the Grand Canyon?

The Grand Canyon of the Colorado River in northwestern Arizona is one of the earth's greatest natural wonders. It became a national park in 1919. The Grand Canyon is a great chasm carved over millennia through the rocks of the Colorado Plateau. It offers camping, exploring, hiking and boating down the turbulent Colorado River.

When is the best time to visit the Grand Canyon?

To avoid the crowds and extreme heat in the canyons, consider visiting the Grand Canyon in the Spring or Fall.

Where should I stay when visiting the Grand Canyon?

There are several options for accommodation at the Grand Canyon. They include:

  • In-Park Lodging North Rim, open from mid-May to mid-October has A variety of lodging facilities available and the reservations are handled by Xanterra Parks & Resorts. You may find last minute availability here.
  • In-Park Lodging South Rim, also open all year, has A variety of lodging facilities available with reservations handled by Xanterra Parks & Resorts. Reservations for this location should be reserved as far ahead as possible.
  • The Inner Canyon Phantom Ranch open year round allows online reservations and will need a backcountry permit if you plan to stay overnight at the dormitories or cabins.
  • Out-of the Park North Rim is also open year round. Lodging facilities are available outside the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park just past the park boundary; in Jacob Lake, Arizona; and in Kanab, Utah.
  • Out-of-Park Lodging South Rim, open year round, offers A variety of lodging in Tusayan, just 7 miles south of the South Rim; in Williams, 60 miles south on Highway 64; and in Flagstaff, 80 miles south on Highway 180.

Where can I camp in the Grand Canyon?

If you are more adventurous and would like to camp in the Grand canyon you have several options. You must obtain a permit from the Backcountry Information Center to stay outside of a developed campground. Applying well in advance is recommended. Camping sites include:

  • Desert View Campground
  • Mather Campground, South Rim
  • North Rim Campground
  • Trailer Ridge
  • And out of park locations

What attractions should I visit while at the Grand Canyon?

Outside of the obvious hiking in the Grand Canyon, you can explore hotels, gift shops, museums dating back to the early 1900s.

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