Grand Canyon.

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The Grand Canyon fills me with awe. It is beyond comparison—beyond description; absolutely unparalleled throughout the wide world. — Theodore Roosevelt

The Grand Canyon is one of the most famous and breathtaking natural wonders in the world, attracting millions of visitors each year. The canyon and adjacent rim are contained within Grand Canyon National Park, the Kaibab National Forest, Grand Canyon–Parashant National Monument (map), the Hualapai Indian Reservation, the Havasupai Indian Reservation. Lastly, part of the southeastern end of the canyon is within the borders of the Navajo Nation (wiki).

90% of Travelers Visit Grand Canyon National Park’s South Rim (map).

The Grand Canyon is part of the The Grand Circle Road Trip, which includes the Monument Valley, Mesa Verde National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, Capitol Reef National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Natural Bridges National Monument, Hovenweep National Monument, Arches National Park and many other attractions.

Here’s some useful tourist information for visiting the Grand Canyon:

When to visit: The Grand Canyon is open year-round, but the best time to visit depends on your preferences. The peak season is from March to October when the weather is warm and dry. If you prefer cooler temperatures and fewer crowds, consider visiting in the winter months.

How to get there: The Grand Canyon has several entry points, but the most popular ones are the South Rim (map) and the North Rim. The South Rim is more accessible and open year-round, while the North Rim is only open from mid-May to mid-October. The closest airports are Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport and Las Vegas McCarran Airport.

What to see: The Grand Canyon is a vast park with numerous viewpoints, hiking trails, and activities. Some of the must-see attractions include the Grand Canyon Village, Bright Angel Trail, Mather Point, and Desert View Watchtower. If you have time, consider taking a helicopter or airplane tour for a bird’s eye view of the canyon.

Where to stay: There are several accommodation options within the park, including lodges, campgrounds, and RV parks. The Grand Canyon Village is the most convenient location to stay, but it can be crowded and expensive. If you prefer a quieter and more affordable option, consider staying outside the park in nearby towns like Williams or Flagstaff.

Safety tips: The Grand Canyon is a natural wonder, but it can also be dangerous. Make sure to stay on designated trails, stay hydrated, and bring plenty of sunscreen and protective clothing. Be aware of wildlife, especially snakes, and always follow park rules and regulations.

Overall, visiting the Grand Canyon can be an unforgettable experience. With proper planning and preparation, you can enjoy all that this magnificent park has to offer.

It is not unusual for local canyon guides to encounter neophyte hikers in desperate shape. Some die. An unusual number of fatalities occur among young people who overestimate their abilities. Carry more liquid than you think you’ll need, and know your limits.

 !  Staying Safe at Grand Canyon National Park Starts with YOU

Hiking in the Grand Canyon is unlike anywhere else on Earth – trails range in difficulty from fifteen minute loops to multi-week treks, and all offer spectacular views. In addition, there are numerous unmaintained trails throughout the park for the more adventurous.

The Arizona National Scenic Trail (map hikearizona.com) is a National Scenic Trail from Mexico to Utah that traverses the whole north–south length of the U.S. state of Arizona. The trail begins at the Coronado National Memorial near the US–Mexico border and moves north through parts of the Huachuca, Santa Rita, and Rincon Mountains. >> *United States National Trails System (wikivoyage), *National Trails System (wiki)

Whitewater rafting (River Trips and Permits) expeditions depart daily during the summer months from Lee’s Ferry. The most popular section of river for the “true” Grand Canyon river experience lies between Lee’s Ferry and Diamond Creek. Private (non-commercial DIY) river permits are also available for river trips up to 30 days in length.

Weather conditions can greatly affect hiking and canyon exploration, and visitors should obtain accurate forecasts because of hazards posed by exposure to extreme temperatures. For accurate weather in the canyon, hikers should consult the National Weather Service’s NOAA weather radio or the official National Weather Service website.

 

Public transport.

Guide to traveling to and getting around in United States.

The National Park Service runs an extensive shuttle service on the South Rim with three interlocking routes. The service is free, and generally runs from before sunrise until after sunset, depending on the route. During the summer the park service operates a shuttle from Tusayan into the park.

The South Rim has an airport and rail service and is a 60 minute drive from Interstate 40 and the town of Williams (map) – and 90 minutes from Flagstaff (map), also on Interstate 40.

Also сheck оut мore info: Directions and Transportation (nps.gov) • Guide to traveling to and getting around in the USA (visittheusa.com)

BUS: There are no commercial bus lines offering transportation to either rim, but several tour companies offer guided tours originating in Flagstaff, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and other locations. There is a small shuttle service, Arizona Shuttle Service, which does carry passengers and luggage from the Flagstaff Amtrak station (map).

TRAIN: AMTRAK | eTicketing | Interactive Map. Amtrak’s Southwest Chief, with trains operating daily between Chicago and Los Angeles, stops at Williams Junction 3 mi (4.8 km) east of Williams town, with connections to the Grand Canyon Railway in Williams. The Grand Canyon Railway operates a train ride from the town of Williams to the Grand Canyon Village (travel time is 2½ hours in each direction).

AIRPORT: Grand Canyon National Park Airport – The airport is primarily used for scenic tours and charter flights, but there is scheduled commercial service. Las Vegas / McCarran International Airport, which is 275 mi (443 km) from the South Rim. Phoenix / Sky Harbor Airport, 230 mi (370 km) from the South Rim. Flagstaff’s / Pulliam Airport is the nearest commercial airport to the canyon.

FERRY: America has the largest system of inland waterways of any country in the world. It is entirely possible to navigate around within the United States by boat ⇒ The New York State Canal System • The St. Lawrence Seaway • *The Mississippi River.

The Grand Canyon Changed this Woman’s Life.

One woman’s last-minute decision to hike the majestic Grand Canyon results in a life-altering change.

In early 2017, Lisa Abelar found herself fleeing an abusive marriage, struggling daily to keep her head above water and her kids safe. Though she’d only ever been to the Grand Canyon once as a teen, years prior, she agreed at the last minute to join a guided camping trip into the Grand Canyon. She wasn’t seeking spirituality. She wasn’t looking for a savior. She sought only quiet.

video source: Visit Arizona / youtube.com /

Useful websites.

Links to additional resources with useful information for planning your trip.

VISAS & IMMIGRATION.

Entering the USA can be an easy and seamless process when you are prepared. + U.S. visa & entry requirements (visittheusa.com)

USA Trip planner.

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Roadtrippers.com.

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hikearizona.com • Hiking Guides, GPS Routes, Triplogs, Photos

Grand Canyon Conservancy • official non-profit partner of Grand Canyon National Park

National Weather Service (weather.gov)

AAA (aaa.com): The American Automobile Association provides a range of services for travelers, including travel planning, trip insurance, and roadside assistance, for those traveling by car in the United States.

U.S. Department of State – Travel (state.gov): This website provides information on travel visas, travel warnings, and travel alerts for international travelers to the United States. It also provides resources for U.S. citizens traveling abroad.

Customs and Border Protection (cbp.gov): This website provides information on customs regulations and procedures for international travelers entering and exiting the United States. It also provides resources for travelers bringing goods into the country.

Transportation Security Administration (tsa.gov): This website provides information on airport security procedures, including what items are allowed in carry-on and checked baggage.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (cdc.gov): This website provides information on health and vaccination requirements for travelers to the United States, as well as health and safety tips for traveling in the country.

National Park Service (nps.gov): This website provides information on national parks and monuments in the United States, including park activities and events, camping and lodging information, and park regulations.