Grand Circle

Explore the Grand Circle

In complement to the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, there lies a circumference of breathtaking country offering Arizona and Utah visitors easy access to some of the country's most spectacular destinations, often referred to as The Grand Circle: Monument Valley, Bryce Canyon, Canyon De Chelly, Zion National Park, Marble Canyon and of course, Grand Canyon. Sightseeing, white water rafting and backpacking/rock climbing opportunities abound in nearby natural wonders such as Antelope Slot Canyon; Horseshoe Bend; Lake Powell, Wahweap and Antelope Point Marinas; Lees Ferry; Rainbow Bridge; Navajo National Monument; Indian ruins and Navajo Village. This area's scenic beauty has been the backdrop for such famous movies as the 1967 "Planet of the Apes"; "Maverick" with Mel Gibson, and most recently, the remake of "Planet of the Apes" and the film "Evolution," which was executive produced by Steven Spielberg.

If you plan to explore the Grand Circle, use the North Rim as your jumping off place, and plan a week-long tour of these outstanding destinations.

Grand Circle Destinations
Grand Canyon National Park South Rim (AZ)
Zion National Park (UT)
Bryce Canyon National Park (UT)
Canyon de Chelly (AZ)
Marble Canyon/Navajo Bridge/Lees Ferry (AZ)
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park (AZ)
Rainbow Bridge National Monument (UT)
Antelope Canyon (AZ)
Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument (UT)
Painted Desert (AZ)
Four Corners National Monument (AZ/UT/CO/NM)
Mesa Verde National Park (CO)
Arches National Park (UT)
Canyonlands National Park (UT)
(Distance from the North Rim)
201 miles
121 miles
158 miles
303 miles
84 miles
253 miles
154 miles (to trailhead; access by boat or hike)
161 miles
81 miles
202 miles
301 miles
351 miles
395 miles
409 miles
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