The Grand Canyon as a whole is located in a rather remote part of northern Arizona, and the surrounding areas of interest to tourists are not limited to the Rims of the canyon alone. It's important to understand the massive swath of land that is Grand Canyon National Park and the surrounding plateau; visitors' should expect to do at least 2 - 8 hours of driving round-trip their from departure point to the most popular Grand Canyon destinations. Look for lodging in areas inside and outside of the park, radiating outward in towns like Tusayan, Williams, Flagstaff, Sedona, Las Vegas and Scottsdale. Most tours disembark from these cities, too, and offer pick-up from area hotels and lodging. Visitors greatly benefit from the outlying areas' additional attractions, restaurants, services, nightlife and entertainment. Familiarize yourself with the small towns like Williams and Tusayan and medium-to-large cities like Las Vegas, Sedona and Flagstaff, and all they have to offer.
There are two main types of camping permitted at the Grand Canyon: camping in "developed" campgrounds where vehicles and campers are allowed; and backpacking and camping within the canyon, which requires a Backcountry Permit. These are necessary for camping in the North Rim, South Rim, or Tuweep. Find rules, information on permits and how to reserve camp spot here.
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Las Vegas HotelsFind all Las Vegas hotels and casino resorts on The Strip, off The Strip, and Downtown. [more...]
Williams HotelsThis Route 66 town, just 60 miles from the South Rim, is home to the Grand Canyon Railway and great small-town atmosphere. [more...]
Flagstaff HotelsFlagstaff offers a wide selection of hotels, motels, bed & breakfasts plus college-town nightlife just 2 hours from the South Rim. [more...]
Hotels Near Grand Canyon Natl ParkPlan ahead to stay at the Grand Canyon National Park lodges at the rim, or the next best thing in the village of Tusayan [more...]
Sedona Hotels & Bed and BreakfastsBreathtaking Sedona offers stunning views of red rock monoliths and everything from quaint bed & breakfasts to luxurious resorts. [more...]
- Grand Canyon Re-Opens Oct. 12
October 11, 2013
We published this on our site, theCanyon.com today: Arizona made a deal with the Department of the Interior to reopen Grand Canyon National Park for 10 days starting Saturday, October 12 through October 18. Visitors as well as Grand Canyon area business, tour operators, and park employees should be happy about the news, ...
- Sedona’s Views Can’t Be Shutdown
October 03, 2013
UPDATED OCTOBER 3, 2013: Many updates are available in the comments. Please read the comments to stay abreast of the latest news. We published this post on our website Sedona.net today. It's a good thing you can't shut out the 360° views of the red rocks in Sedona. Visitors from all over the world alight 
- 21 Things to Do Instead of Visiting Grand Canyon National Park
October 01, 2013
UPDATED OCT. 3, 2013: Many updates are available in the comments as well as in the post, as marked below. We published this story on our website theCanyon.com today. Grand Canyon National Park is closed during the Federal Government shutdown as of today, October 1, 2013. Here are the facts and some alternative travel pla...