Tips to visit The Grand Canyon in a day – Get the most from a short trip

Tips to visit The Grand Canyon in a day – Get the most from a short trip
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Visiting the Grand Canyon is something you cannot miss during your trip across the West Coast of the United States. Whether you take a route through the national parks or you drive the classic Route 66, the Grand Canyon is a mandatory stop.

You can take for granted that this is one of those unique places that will leave you speechless. Once you are there, there is no doubt why the Grand Canyon is one of the seven wonders of the world. However, the size can’t be described with words or images as it is enormous, so the best thing is to plan your trip to the US Grand Canyon and see this natural majesty for yourself.

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First of all, just a simple reminder: You will not be alone; Tourism in the Grand Canyon National Park is huge compared to other National Parks in the United States. It is estimated that 5 million tourists visit the Grand Canyon every year.

The Grand Canyon is located in Arizona but if you want to know more about the location of the Grand Canyon, this map will show you where it is located compared to other US National Parks.

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We spent a day in the Grand Canyon of Arizona during the ten days of our West Coast America road trip. We were looking forward to spending more days, but at the same time we made the most of our experience and made most of the top things to do in Grand Canyon in a day.

VISITING THE GRAND CANYON

In this Grand Canyon blog post you will find all the information to plant your visit. It will be very useful if you are going to make a stop during your Route 66 trip in the Grand Canyon, if you are going to visit the Grand Canyon with children, if you are going to descend the Grand Canyon to visit the Colorado River or if you are going to fly over the Grand Canyon by helicopter or airplane.

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Since there is too much information about all the possibilities in the Grand Canyon, we created this index with everything you need to know if you travel to the Grand Canyon. In this way, if you are looking for specific information about any activity, you can go directly to the section of your interest:

  1. What is the Grand Canyon?
  2. Organized tours to visit the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas
  3. How to go to the Grand Canyon on your own:
  4. Essential information to visit the Grand Canyon by yourself:
  5. Top things to do in the Grand Canyon:
  6. Other tips to visit the Grand Canyon:
  7. More information and curiosities about the Grand Canyon
  8. Where to stay at the Grand Canyon: best hotels in the Grand Canyon and campsites
  9. Best images of the Grand Canyon
  10. Grand Canyon Map: All the places of interest full of details

If you click on the symbols like this one that you will find in the article, you will come back to the index.

WHAT IS THE GRAND CANYON AND HOW TO VISIT IT? – GRAND CANYON SOUTH RIM OR NORTH RIM?

The Grand Canyon is an enormous canyon 277 miles long and 457 feet deep that the Colorado River has been shaping over the Colorado Plateau along millions of years.

It is almost impossible to visit this vast extension in its entirety, so the first thing you have to decide is whether to visit the south rim or the north rim of the Grand Canyon.

VISITing THE GRAND CANYON SOUTH RIM

The Grand Canyon South Rim is the most popular area for tourists. Here you will find the main viewpoints and the start of the most exciting hiking routes. However, in turn, it might be stressful to visit this area during the tourist season (from June to September) because of the massive number of visitors who come to contemplate this wonder of the world.

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Within the south rim we find two entrances, the southern entrance and the east entrance with two different areas:

GRAND CANYON VILLAGE

This area is known just as South Rim. It is the most touristic area of the Grand Canyon, and here you will find most of the accommodation, shops, restaurants, viewpoints, etc. Grand Canyon Village is made for tourists.

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Grand Canyon Village is located 62 miles from the town of Williams, and you can get there by the south entrance of Tusayan.

GRAND CANYON EAST RIM

The Grand Canyon East Rim, within the south rim, is mostly visited by those who come from the east. From the town of Cameron, you can enter the Grand Canyon National Park through the Desert View, where the scenic road Desert View Drive starts, bordering the edge of the canyon and reaching the Grand Canyon Village.

In this area of the Grand Canyon, there are fewer services, but the views are very similar to those of the Grand Canyon Village.

Do not know if you should visit the Grand Canyon south or east rim? If you are taking a trip along the West Coast, do not have much time and for you, it is better to enter the Grand Canyon from the east, you will not miss anything if you do not visit Grand Canyon Village. Enjoy the less crowded viewpoints of the Grand Canyon East Rim.

VISITing THE GRAND CANYON NORTH RIM

The Grand Canyon North Rim only opens from mid-May to mid-October. If you prefer to visit the Grand Canyon more independently or get away from the crowds that are concentrated in the Grand Canyon south area during the summer, then you may be more interested in the North Rim.

things to do and to see at the grand canyon south rim

However, keep in mind that there are fewer viewpoints than the South Rim area and most of the views are not so spectacular. Also, if you are planning to descend to the Colorado River from the north rim, bear in mind that the path is longer.

The nearest town to the north rim is Jacob Lake, 30 miles north of the entrance.

In this illustration, you can see at a glance how each of the areas is distributed.

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VISIT THE GRAND CANYON NORTH RIM OR SOUTH RIM?

Are you still not sure whether to visit Grand Canyon North Rim or South Rim? If you travel to the Grand Canyon with a minimal time, I recommend you visit the south ridge to have the best-known views of the Grand Canyon (Grand Canyon Village or East Rim). However, if you have more time, it might be very interesting to also visit the north rim.

Keep in mind that there is 217 miles distance between the north rim and the south rim. To make an idea, it takes 4 hours by car from the south rim visitor center to the north rim visitor center, so we do not recommend visiting both rims of the Grand Canyon in one day.

VISITing THE GRAND CANYON WEST RIM

It is increasingly popular what is known as the Grand Canyon West Rim; the western area of the Grand Canyon south rim. This area is not part of the Grand Canyon National Park but is administered by the Hualapai tribe.

It is only 2 and a half hours from Las Vegas since there is just a distance of 118 miles compared to the 350 miles between Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon Village. Following this, many people who visit Las Vegas and don’t have much time for the Grand Canyon, decide to visit this area in a day.

The highlight of the Grand Canyon West Rim is the floating glass walkway that overlooks the edge of the canyon, the Skywalk Grand Canyon West.

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If you asked me if I would visit the west or south rim of the Grand Canyon, I would go for the south, since the price is lower as it lies within the National Park and it is not a private tourist attraction. Besides, the opinion of those who have visited both the West Rim and the South Rim agrees that if you have time, the South Rim is much more impressive.

Therefore, in this article we will focus on the National Park area, that is, in the Grand Canyon National Park, but here you have all the information if instead of visiting the Grand Canyon National Park you decide to visit the West Rim: the skywalk ticket price, bus service, parking price, viewpoints, visiting hours, etc.

At this point, we hope it is clear what the Grand Canyon is and which are the main areas that can be visited, let’s continue with much more useful information for your visit!

BEST TOURS TO VISIT THE GRAND CANYON FROM LAS VEGAS

If you are in Las Vegas for a short time, but you want to visit the Grand Canyon, then it is best to hire one of the many Grand Canyon tours from Las Vegas that will take you closer to the West Rim.

If you’re looking for a cheap Grand Canyon tour, I encourage you to book this day tour to the Grand Canyon West Rim by bus.

If you prefer to fly over the Grand Canyon, then do not miss this Grand Canyon helicopter tour. On this tour, you will also visit the West Rim, but you have different options that will vary the price of the Grand Canyon helicopter tour. For example, if you want the helicopter to land at the base of the canyon to see the Colorado River or if you want to fly over the Strip, the most famous street in Las Vegas, the price increase.

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However, if you do not want to visit the West Rim, but the authentic Grand Canyon National Park, which is the most beautiful area, then I recommend taking this tour that includes an airplane ride to the Grand Canyon Village through the West Rim, a 25 minutes helicopter ride over the South Rim and a minibus to explore the main viewpoints of the canyon.

As you can see, there are several organized tours to visit the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas, so there is no excuse to skip your visit to the Grand Canyon because you don’t have time!

HOW TO GET TO THE GRAND CANYON

If you have decided to go to the Grand Canyon on your own, either to save money or because you are going to make a stop during your Route 66 in the Grand Canyon, you must have a rental car.

Reaching the Grand Canyon by car is possible. However, in some areas of the park, you will have to use shuttles between the different viewpoints as we will see in the following sections. In this section, we are going to focus on how to get to the Grand Canyon from different places.

HOW TO GET TO THE GRAND CANYON FROM LAS VEGAS

The closest international airport to the Grand Canyon is located in Las Vegas. However, depending on which area of the Grand Canyon you want to go, it takes more or less time.

What is known as the West Rim of the Grand Canyon is close to Las Vegas. It will take only two and a half hours from there.

how to get to the grand canyon from las vegas

However, if you want to visit the Grand Canyon Village, keep in mind that it will take longer, since there is a distance of 279 miles between Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon if you drive from the south entrance, taking more than 4 hours.

If you want to get to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas, it will take 5 hours. 

HOW TO GET TO THE GRAND CANYON FROM LOS ANGELES

If you are planing your trip across the classic Route 66, you may have wondered how to get to the Grand Canyon from Los Angeles, or how to get from the Grand Canyon to Los Angeles.

If you go to the Grand Canyon North Rim or West Rim, you will inevitably pass through Las Vegas, so add 4 hours more to your route compared to the previous section.

However, if you go to Grand Canyon Village, you can do it without going through Las Vegas, taking 7 hours and a half since there is a distance between the Grand Canyon and Los Angeles of 497 miles.

HOW TO GET TO THE GRAND CANYON FROM MONUMENT VALLEY

The eastern entrance of the Grand Canyon is quite close to Monument Valley, so many consider visiting Grand Canyon and Monument Valley in one day.

how to get from monument valley to Grand Canyon

Although there are only 2 and a half hours from the Grand Canyon to Monument Valley, considering that we enter through Desert View, both places are recommended to be visited in more than a day.

Here you can find our Guide to visiting Monument Valley

HOW TO GET TO THE GRAND CANYON FROM ANTELOPE CANYON

Page is another place of interest located in a short distance from the Grand Canyon, where Antelope Canyon is located and just two hours from the east entrance or two and a half hours from the Grand Canyon North Rim.

how to get from Antelope Canyon to Grand Canyon

For us, the main stops in this area of our trip were the Grand Canyon and Antelope Canyon, and as you can see, they are quite close to each other.

 Here you can also find our Guide to visiting Antelope Canyon

VISITING THE GRAND CANYON ON YOUR OWN

This information about the Grand Canyon is essential if you are going to visit the Grand Canyon National Park by yourself.

Among other tips to visit the Grand Canyon, you will find how to get around the park, tickets, and passes as well as Grand Canyon entrace fee.

HOW TO MOVE AROUND THE GRAND CANYON

In the Grand Canyon National Park, there are different viewpoints and points of interest. Some are accessible by car and others can only be reached using a free bus service available for visitors.

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These are the Shuttle services available to move around the Grand Canyon South Rim in the Grand Canyon Village area.

  • Village Route (blue): It connects the Visitor Center with hostels, campings, and other facilities within Grand Canyon Village.
  • Kaibab Rim Route (orange): the quickest way to get from the Visitor Center to the most popular views of the canyon on the eastern border of Grand Canyon Village (it does not reach the East Rim, where we need to go by car). Throughout the year, stops at Yaki Point and South Kaibab Trail can only be reached by taking this bus.
  • Hermit Road Route (red): exceptional panoramic views on the western border of the Great Canyon Village (it does not reach the West Rim, where we need to go by car). Hermit Road is closed for private vehicles from March 1 to November 30, so during these dates, the use of free buses is mandatory.

Below you can find a map of the Grand Canyon with the route of these three bus lines. Keep in mind that both the Village Route and the Kaibab Rim Route (except for Yaki Point and South Kaibab Trail) can be done by car instead of by bus, although in high season is not recommended as it is usually complicated to find parking.

grand canyon village map shuttle

In the North Rim and the East Rim, as there are fewer tourists there are no bus shuttles to visit the different viewpoints. What we can find there instead to move between the northern part (North Rim) and the southern part (South Rim) is a shuttle service called Trans-Canyon Shuttle, which is usually taken by those who descend the Colorado River from one side and want to climb from the other. This Shuttle must be booked in advance, and you need to pay the ticket fee. Here you can find all the information.

GRAND CANYON ENTRANCE FEE

The Grand Canyon National Park ticket price (North Rim, South Rim or East Rim) is $ 30 per vehicle up to 5 passengers or $ 15 per entry to the Grand Canyon per person entering without a car. The ticket is valid for seven days. If you are going to travel to different National Parks of the United States, I recommend that you get an annual America the Beautiful pass, to visit the Grand Canyon for free.

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Keep in mind that the West Rim is not considered a national park, but lies within the Hualapai Indian Reserve. The price of Grand Canyon West Rim is $ 46.95 for the basic entrance (Legacy Package), which includes the access to the canyon and shuttle through the viewpoints or $ 71.38 for the Gold Package, which in addition to the above consists of a meal and the Entrance to the Skywalk.

GRAND CANYON OPENING HOURS

If you are wondering about the Grand Canyon opening hours, you may be surprised to know that the south rim is open all year, 24 hours a day. In addition, all services such as campsites, accommodation or restaurants in the Grand Canyon are available all year round.

However, the North Rim closes during a significant part of the year because of the snow. North Rim is open from mid-May to mid-October. The snow is not cleaned during the winter in the Grand Canyon north rim, so with the first snowfall of the season, it will be closed.

Regarding Grand Canyon West Rim, the opening time of the Grand Canyon West Rim is from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. every day of the year.

BEST THINGS TO DO IN THE GRAND CANYON 

There are many activities to do in the Grand Canyon – routes through the different viewpoints, hiking, flying over the Grand Canyon by helicopter or airplane, and even rafting in the Colorado River across the Grand Canyon.

In this section, we will talk about everything you have to do and to see in the Grand Canyon. However, I recommend that the first thing you do when arriving at this wonder of the world is to visit the Grand Canyon Visitor Center, to have all the updated information.

BEST VIEWPOINTS IN THE GRAND CANYON

If there is something in common within the 5 million visitors that visit the Grand Canyon every year, it is that everyone tries to find the best views of the Grand Canyon from one of the different main lookouts, either at sunrise, sunset or during the day.

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It is impossible to visit all the Grand Canyon Viewpoints, and I do not recommend it either. Most of them have more or less similar views. The best thing is visiting three or four viewpoints located close to the Grand Canyon area that you are going to visit and perhaps choose more carefully where to see the sunrise or sunset in the Grand Canyon.

BEST VIEWPOINTS IN THE GRAND CANYON SOUTH RIM

We will consider as Grand Canyon south rim the Grand Canyon Village area and the nearby lookouts to the east and west. That is to say, all the viewpoints that you can reach on the free shuttle buses (remember that during summer, the viewpoints of Hermit Road Route can only be reached by bus):

  • Kaibab Rim Route: Yavapai Point, Mather Point, Pipe Creek View and Yaki Point (Yaki Point only accessible by bus).
  • Hermit Road Route: Overlook Trail, Maricopa Point, Powell Point, Hopi Point, Mojave Point, The Abyss, Monument Creek View, Pima Point, Hermit Rest (during the summer these viewpoints are only accessible by bus).

Of all these, the best viewpoint to see the sunrise in the Grand Canyon is Yaki Point. However, another perfect viewpoint to see the sunrise and a little closer to Grand Canyon Village is Mather Point, where we could contemplate one of the best sunrises of our trip.

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The best viewpoint to see the sunset in the Grand Canyon is Hopi Point, although if it is very busy you can also see a beautiful sunset from Mojave Point.

To see the location of these viewpoints, use this Grand Canyon map.

BEST VIEWPOINTS IN THE GRAND CANYON EAST RIM

These viewpoints are located across the Desert View Drive, more accessible if you come from the east entrance of the park: Desert View, Navajo Point, Lipan Point, Moran Point, and Grandview Point.

Of these, the most interesting Grand Canyon viewpoint is Desert View, where we find a recreation of an Indian stone watchtower as well as the best views of the Colorado River from the south rim.

All these viewpoints are quite far from Grand Canyon Village so that you can enjoy the views with fewer people far from the crowds.

In the following map, you can see all these viewpoints:

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BEST VIEWPOINTS IN THE GRAND CANYON NORTH RIM

The main viewpoints in the Grand Canyon North Rim are Imperial Point, Cape Royal, Roosevelt Point, Walhalla Overlook and Bright Angel Point.

Bright Angel Point, as well as being very close to the main facilities, offers one of the best views of the Grand Canyon from the north rim, although if we want to see the Colorado River, we should go to Cape Royal.

BEST VIEWPOINTS IN THE GRAND CANYON west rim

Some viewpoints in the Grand Canyon West Rim are Guano Point, with 360º views of the Grand Canyon and Eagle Point, where you can also get incredible views. The best views in this area will be found from the Grand Canyon Skywalk.

Disregarding the area and viewpoint you choose; the views of this monumental landscape is the most important thing you have to see in the Grand Canyon. 

FLY OVER THE GRAND CANYON IN HELICOPTER OR AIRPLANE

Another thing you have to do in the Grand Canyon, to appreciate the magnitude of this majestic wonder, is to fly over it.

In addition to the helicopter tours in the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas, there is the possibility of hiring a shorter and cheaper tour by helicopter or airplane through the Grand Canyon from Grand Canyon Village.

Beyond the main viewpoints, we firmly believe that if you can afford it, the way to find the best views of the Grand Canyon and make a real idea of its size is to take an airplane tour. It is also one of the best activities in the Grand Canyon for children, as they will enjoy a quiet ride with unforgettable views.

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During our time in the Grand Canyon, we decided to take an airplane tour. As they explained to us, to choose between an airplane or a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon, you should keep in mind that the airplane reaches more distant places and flies higher, getting incredible views of the canyon and helping us to appreciate its dimensions better. However, the helicopter allows closer views of the walls of the canyon, and can even descend below the edge to approach the base.

As photographers, it was an easy decision for us, but you will have to decide depending on your taste and needs.

Here you can find the different alternatives to fly over the Grand Canyon. We decided to take this tour, which was very well priced and was completely worth it.

We especially recommend you book well in advance if you are visiting the Grand Canyon in summer, between June and September. 

BEST HIKES IN THE GRAND CANYON

There are different hiking trails in the Grand Canyon; in some of these you will descend to the Colorado River, in others, you will enjoy the views from the edge, or you will walk through the most remote areas within the Grand Canyon National Park.

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Even if you decide to go for a simple one, going through some of the following routes is something you have to do in the Grand Canyon.

BRIGHT ANGEL TRAIL

Bright Angel Trail is, without a doubt, the most popular hiking trail in the Grand Canyon. This trail starts from the Grand Canyon Village (South Rim) and reaches the Colorado River, deep inside the canyon and 4366 feet below the starting point.

Going down and climbing the Grand Canyon in a day for this 16-mile round trip is not recommended, especially under the heat of summer, like many who try to do it end up asking for a rescue with the following cost. Not only do you have to consider the distance but also the high temperatures and the steep slope that you will have to face in the return way.

The rangers recommend to those who want to make this route in one day not to go beyond Indian Garden making a route of only 10 miles and where water is available all year round. Other rest points along the way, although they do not guarantee water availability, are Mile-and-Half-Resthouse and Three Miles Resthouse.

One of the best viewpoints in the Grand Canyon National Park, where we can have a closer view of the Colorado River from above, is the Plateau Point, which is located at a 1.49-mile detour from Indian Garden.

best views of the colorado river from the grand canyon

If you are planning to spend more than a day doing this route and discovering the interior of the Grand Canyon you need to book a spot to stay in Phantom Ranch well in advance (it is assigned by lottery 15 months before your visit). A second option is getting a camping permit in one of the three campsites inside the canyon which is requested here four months before your trip.

SOUTH KAIBAB TRAIL

South Kaibab Trail is also quite famous. Like the previous one, starts from the South Rim towards the bottom of the Grand Canyon. The trailhead is only accessible by bus with the Kaibab Rim Route. The path is more complicated than the previous one since there is a more elevation gain (4888 feet) in less distance (12.4 miles round trip)

Also, the route is very exposed to the sun, and there is no water available, so you will have to take it with you. However, this route offers better views than bright Angel, and it is usually the favorite of those who have done both of them.

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One option that those who spend the night at the bottom of the Grand Canyon usually take is doing the South Kaibab downhill route and the return way through the Bright Angel Trail, where you can find water and less elevation gain.

RIM TRAIL

Rim Trail joins the Kaibab Trailhead stop with Hermit Rest, along the entire edge of the South Canyon with a total distance of 10.5 miles but with hardly any elevation gain. It’s a simple route, even suitable when you visit the Grand Canyon as a family.

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Without a doubt, one of the best things to do in the Grand Canyon is to cross a section of this hiking route. We did from Mohave Point to Hopi Point, and the views were great.

NORTH KAIBAB TRAIL

North Kaibab is the descent route to the canyon from the north rim. This route is challenging, with a one-way distance of 15 miles and an elevation gain of 6398 feet. Also, there are no water supplies.

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Most of those who dare to cross this route, descend this trail but climb back along one of the paths that lead to the south rim and then take the Trans-Canyon Shuttle to return to the north rim.

GRANDVIEW TRAIL

Grandview Trail is part of the Desert View Drive, from Grandview Point, on the east rim of the Grand Canyon, and is considered strenuous since it is an old road used by mining and is currently in quite a poor condition. It has an elevation gain of 3280 feet and a distance of approximately 12.5 miles round trip.

There are no water supplies, so you’ll have to carry your water. I recommend that you do not choose this route if you have not done yet any of the strenuous hikes in the Grand Canyon.

OTHER ACTIVITIES TO DO IN THE GRAND CANYON

In addition to visiting as many viewpoints as you can, flying over the canyon or making some of the hiking trails, there are many other activities to do in the Grand Canyon.

MUSEUMS IN THE GRAND CANYON

If you like museums, there are two exciting ones to visit in the Grand Canyon: Tusayan Ruin and Museum. There you can visit the ruins of an ancestral town located on the east rim of the Grand Canyon and Yavapai Geology Museum, located near the Grand Canyon Village visitor center and where you will learn about geology and how the Canyon was formed. In this museum you can also find a glass viewpoint with spectacular views to the Grand Canyon.

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RAFTING IN THE GRAND CANYON

You will need more days to go rafting in the Grand Canyon, and it is expensive. However, it must be an unforgettable experience. There are several companies offering rafting tours in the Grand Canyon. One of the most popular is Oars.

GRAND CANYON SKYWALK

It’s not cheap, and I do not know if it is really worth it, but the Grand Canyon Skywalk could not be missing from our list of things to do in the Grand Canyon. This walk is located in the West Rim, and although it is not within the Grand Canyon National Park, it might be an interesting option when visiting the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas and when you don’t have much time.

You can find more information about the Grand Canyon West Rim here.

BEST TIPS FOR VISITING THE GRAND CANYON

We created a list with other tips for visiting the Grand Canyon that will be very useful when you prepare your visit.

BEST TIME TO VISIT THE GRAND CANYON

The best time to visit the Grand Canyon is during the spring and autumn.

During the summer, temperatures in the Grand Canyon are very high, and it can be even dangerous to make the hiking routes to the bottom of the canyon. On the other hand, the north rim of the Grand Canyon closes in winter because of the snow, as well as many trails of the south rim.

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The high season of the Grand Canyon usually starts from June through July and August, when accommodation fills quickly, and it becomes tough to park, especially in Grand Canyon Village.

If you can choose when to visit the Grand Canyon, the best time are the months of May and September, where you will enjoy good temperatures, low rainfall and fewer tourists (although keep in mind that there are always tourists) than in other months.

HOW MUCH TIME DO YOU NEED TO VISIT THE GRAND CANYON

If you can only visit the Grand Canyon in a day, do not worry. With just one day we can do the most important thing to do in the Grand Canyon: enjoy the magnitude of this natural formation. However, if you like hiking or want to try some other activities in the Grand Canyon, two or three days would be recommended.

1-DAY GRAND CANYON TRIP ITINERARY

In a day in the Grand Canyon I recommend you see the sunrise in one of its viewpoints, take a helicopter or airplane tour to fly over it and in the evening walk along the rim so you can enjoy the views while looking for an excellent spot to watch the sunset.

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Day Hikes in the Grand Canyon

If you are a hiking enthusiast, you can change the aerial tour and walk along the rim for one of the many day hikes in the Grand Canyon.

Most of the day hikes are sections of the hiking routes described above, as a section of Bright Angel Trail, South Kaibab trail or Hermit trail. You can find more information and recommendation about Day hikes in the Grand Canyon here.

2-DAY GRAND CANYON TRIP ITINERARY

If you visit the Grand Canyon in two days, I recommend you do the 1-day Grand Canyon itinerary described above, and the second day you move to another area to contemplate the Grand Canyon from another perspective. For example, visit South Rim and East Rim, or North Rim and East Rim or West Rim and South Rim.

3-DAY GRAND CANYON TRIP ITINERARY

If you are going to visit the Grand Canyon in three days then I recommend that you take a hike to go down the canyon the first day, the next day go back up and rest (maybe if you come back with energy you can go to some viewpoint to see the sunset) and the next day take the tour by helicopter or airplane to see the canyon from the air.  

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE GRAND CANYON

In this section, we will speak about some curiosities of the Grand Canyon that can be interesting when preparing your visit. With this last information about the Grand Canyon, you would have everything you need to start your adventure.

HOW THE GRAND CANYON WAS FORMED

The origin of the Grand Canyon goes back to the continuous and prolonged erosion of the Colorado River in the Colorado Plateau over millions of years. The formation of the Grand Canyon is another example of how short our existence is compared with the history of our planet.

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Contemplating the depth of the Grand Canyon from one of its viewpoints or flying over it is one of the most amazing experiences in the Grand Canyon.

THE GRAND CANYON ONE OF THE 7 WONDERS OF THE WORLD

They often refer to the Grand Canyon as one of the seven natural wonders of the world. However, although it was one of the favorites of the contest that was held in 2011, it finally did not get any of the seven positions, although it was among the 23 finalists.

Whether the Grand Canyon is one of the seven wonders of the world or not, there is no doubt that your visit will leave you speechless, so do not hesitate to visit this natural masterpiece.

ACCIDENTS IN THE GRAND CANYON

As in any place with great heights, accidents in the Grand Canyon can have fatal consequences. However, falls in the Grand Canyon are not usually as common as people who end up being rescued.

It is estimated that more than 250 people are rescued each year in the Grand Canyon due to problems during the hiking trails that go to the river. Dehydration, extreme fatigue or sunstrokes are the main causes.

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The United States is very expensive when talking about health expenses, and even if you are not going to carry out any strenuous hike, it is always highly recommended to have a good travel insurance that covers you in case of having a problem.

Although I always recommend hiring a travel insurance wherever you go, for the US insurance, it is advisable to have an extraordinary coverage (never consider hiring anything that covers below $ 30,000 if you travel to the United States).

The best insurance we find for the United States, thanks to its great coverage at a very affordable price is MONDO. In addition to offering free telephone medical assistance to their clients, they have now doubled their medical coverage to $ 100,000.

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WHERE TO STAY IN THE GRAND CANYON

In this section, you will find the list with the best hotels in the Grand Canyon, as well as campsites in the four main areas.

BEST ACCOMMODATION IN THE GRAND CANYON SOUTH RIM

If you are going to visit the Grand Canyon South Rim, you should know that the accommodation usually fills up quickly since this is the most visited area of the Grand Canyon. All hotels are managed by Delaware North and Xanterra Parks & Resorts within the park, so the easiest way to book them is through their websites.

In the Grand Canyon Village, you can also camp at Mather Campground. It is recommended to book well in advance in high season. This is the place where we stayed during our visit.

If you do not find any available accommodation for your dates in the Grand Canyon Village, then it is best to stay in Tusayan, just 10 minutes away by car. These are the best hotels:

BEST ACCOMMODATION IN THE GRAND CANYON NORTH RIM

The lodging options in the Grand Canyon North Rim are somewhat scarce. In the case of the Grand Canyon North Rim, only the company Forever Resorts manages accommodation within the park, so the best way to book it is through its website.

There is also a campground at Grand Canyon North Rim, which is only open from mid-May to the end of October. However, North Rim Campground is full most of the days, so it is advisable to book in advance.

BEST ACCOMMODATION IN THE GRAND CANYON EAST RIM

There are no hotels in the Grand Canyon East Rim. However, there is a campsite open between mid-April to the end of October. Desert View Campground cannot be reserved, but spots are filled in a first come first served basis. Here you can find more information.

BEST ACCOMMODATION IN THE GRAND CANYON WEST RIM

There are two accommodation options operated by the Hualapai tribe: Hualapai Ranch and Hualapai Lodge. Hualapai Ranch is located within the Grand Canyon West Rim recreational area, while the Lodge is approximately 90 minutes away on historic Route 66. A third option is the Grand Canyon Western Ranch, just 2 miles from the Grand Canyon West Rim and at a reasonably good price. 

BEST IMAGES OF THE GRAND CANYON

As in all our guides, we like to finish with a selection of our best photos of the Grand Canyon. We hope you like them.

We also hope you find inspiration with these images of the Grand Canyon and remember: the important part is kept in our memories!

GRAND CANYON MAP

With this section, we would like to say goodbye. Below you can find the Grand Canyon map with all the main facilities and points of interest.

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I hope you find this map of any help during your trip.

SEE YOU IN THE NEXT ARTICLE AND DO NOT HESITATE TO LEAVE US A COMMENT IF YOU NEED MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE GRAND CANYON!

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