If you're looking for an outdoors adventure with some breathtaking sights and views, the Grand Canyon is worth the trip! Nearly 5 million people see the 1-mile deep Canyon each year. The most popular side to see the Canyon is from the South Rim, which is more easily accessible than the North Rim.
How to get there
The Grand Canyon National Park South Rim is located 60 miles north of Williams, Arizona, via Route 64 from Interstate 40, and 80 miles northwest of Flagstaff, via Route 180. Commercial airlines serve Phoenix, Flagstaff and Las Vegas airports, which are most convenient. There are also limited flights into the Grand Canyon airport, which is about 7 miles from the park.
Greyhound bus services also provide transportation to Flagstaff. There is daily scheduled shuttle service between Phoenix and Flagstaff and between Flagstaff and Grand Canyon Village. You also take the Grand Canyon Shuttle Service, which offers on-demand services.
The North Rim is only accessible from the road from mid-May to mid-October. The Trans-Canyon Shuttle runs between the north and south rims of the park once each day until October 31st. The travel time is about 4.5 hours each way.
There are a variety of lodging options available while visiting the Grand Canyon Village in the South Rim. At this location you have a Hiker Room with bathroom facilities down the hall for $72, Hiker Room with toilet, a shower down the hall for $83 or a room with full bathroom ranges from $92 to $440 per night. It is recommended you book lodging well in advance as reservations fill up quickly, especially during the summer months.
What to do while there
Mule Rides: While you are exploring the Canyon, take advantage of the many options open to visitors! One century-old tradition is taking a mule ride into the canyon. South Rim mule rides are offered year round and can be booked as far as 13 months in advance as they fill up early. The 3-hour Abyss Overlook Ride departs twice daily through October and costs $122.81 per person. You may also take an overnight ride and stay the night at Phantom Ranch, at the bottom of the Canyon for $506.82 per person.
Hiking: Hiking is a wonderful way to experience the Canyon first hand. For guided hikes and walks visit here. Just remember to bring plenty of water and food with you on your hike, especially in the summer.
White Water Rafting: You may also opt to join a 3-21 Day White Water raft trip. Prices vary depending on company, length of trip and craft used, but are roughly $250-300 per day.
Air Tours: Want to see the Canyon from a bird's eye view? If you're interested in a South Rim Air Tour, visit here.
Sunset: Take advantage of the views by seeing the sunrise or sunset! For more information on the best locations and times, visit here.
For a complete South Rim guide, visit here [PDF].
If you are in the Las Vegas or Sedona area, including the Grand Canyon, consider taking a Pink Jeep Tour! If you are looking to see either place like never before, this tour will provide you with some of the most beautiful views of the southwest. Since 1960, Pink Jeep Tours has been the most talked about off-road adventure in the Southwest.
For more information on the Grand Canyon, visit here.
Also visit our Las Vegas guide if you plan on making a joint trip to Nevada!