Grand Canyon National Park

Activities & Programs

The South Rim of the park is open all year. Each magical season has its own mood and activities. SPRING, SUMMER AND FALL  Spring comes late in the high country, but a trip into the canyon brings desert warmth and colorful wildflowers that bloom as early as March. Warm summer days ...

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Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter

Architect Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter was fascinated by Southwestern and American Indian cultures. Her talent and determination to reflect the heritage of the region led to her designs of the Desert View Watchtower, Hopi House, Bright Angel Lodge, Hermits Rest, Lookout Studio and Phantom Ranch (at canyon bottom). Virtually ...

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At Your Fingertips

Park Headquarters and Information: (928) 638-7888; www.nps.gov/grca Emergencies—911: If calling from a lodge: 9-911 Emergency Vehicle Repair/Towing: (928) 638-2631, ext. 6502 Backcountry Information: (928) 638-7875, Monday through Friday, 1 to 5 p.m. Current Programs and Activities: Check The Guide Grand Canyon Association: Toll-free at (888) 858-2808 or (928) 638-2481; www.grandcanyon.org Park Headquarters and Information: (928) ...

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North Rim Activities

The North Rim offers spectacular scenery on the cool, moist Kaibab Plateau. Warm-weather activities include hiking, camping, sightseeing, photography, wildlife observation, pack tours, ranger programs and picnicking.  Highway 67 into the North Rim opens mid-May and closes with the first significant snowfall in November or December. Facilities are open from ...

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Grand Canyon Campgrounds

ON THE RIM Mather Campground Located one mile southwest of Canyon View Information Plaza, the most popular of the South Rim campgrounds, Mather requires reservations from March 1 through mid-November. It is first-come, first-served the rest of the year. Please call (877) 444-6777 or visit www.recreation.gov to reserve a campsite. There ...

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North Rim Sights to See

The extraordinary beauty of the Grand Canyon stirred poetic expression in the Paiutes, who called the North Rim plateau Kaibab, or "Mountain Lying Down." They also named other plateaus of the North Rim Kanab, meaning "Willow," Uinkaret, or "Place of Pines" and Shivwits, meaning "Whitish Earth" or "Coyote Springs." ...

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Grand Canyon Camping

Campers have their choice of two campgrounds and one RV campground on the South Rim. There are numerous primitive backcountry campgrounds, as well as two campgrounds located just outside the park. Park Regulations  Store your food and any attractive-smelling items (such as shampoo, toothpaste and soap) safely out of reach of ...

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North Rim Visitor Services

Grand Canyon National Park at the North Rim is located in northern Arizona, 215 miles by road from the South Rim. Of the more than 4.6 million visitors to the Grand Canyon in 2005, only about 10 percent traveled to the more remote north side.  The North Rim, however, is ...

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Field Institute

In its 14th season, the Grand Canyon Field Institute (GCFI) offers visitors the opportunity to explore one of North America's premier destinations in the company of seasoned guides. A program of the Grand Canyon Association, GCFI is dedicated to enhancing understanding and appreciation of Grand Canyon through firsthand experience. ...

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Only A Day

Even a single day on the South Rim of the park can afford pleasant walks with spectacular vistas and fascinating points of interest. Here's a recommended itinerary if you only have a day: Canyon View Information Plaza: Stop at Canyon View Information Plaza in the Village to receive an orientation ...

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