Getting to Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon National Park is located in northern Arizona near the southern border of Utah and the southeastern tip of Nevada. There is no "address" for the Grand Canyon. However, you will see businesses with a Grand Canyon city address and a 86023 postal code. These businesses are generally located in Tusayan, AZ near the entrance to the South Rim. If you're using a GPS or search engine software like Google Maps or Mapquest, you may enter the following latitude and longitude coordinates to find the entrance to the South Rim of the National Park: 35.990372,-112.123353

Once you determine which city you'll be coming from, getting here is fairly simple. Because the Grand Canyon is located in a very remote part of northern Arizona, you're guaranteed to be required to put in some effort and time in getting here, but there are some approaches that are more practical than others. Of course, all rims are feasible no matter where your trip begins, as long as you have ample time and budget resources. Here are our recommendations for practicality, efficiency and cost-effectiveness.

If you're flying into Las Vegas, it's likely you'll want to visit Grand Canyon West, the portion of the West Rim that is owned and operated by the Hualapai Tribe, not the National Park Service. Located just 2.5 hours from Las Vegas, Grand Canyon West is home of the glass-bottomed Grand Canyon Skywalk, a cantilevered walkway that allows visitors to walk out 70 feet past the edge of the Grand Canyon and look straight down to the bottom of the chasm. This trip can be done as an 8-hour self-driven trip, a 10-hour door-to-door guided ground tour, or a half-day helicopter or airplane trip. Because of the expense of the entrance packages and popular tour options, Grand Canyon West is budget-heavy compared to the South or North Rim, but it's the quickest and most practical option for visitors coming from Las Vegas.

For visitors starting their Grand Canyon trip from Phoenix, it makes the most sense to visit the South Rim. This itinerary, including the starting point and destination, are the most popular of all Grand Canyon trips. Five million people visit the South Rim each year, compared to 1 million each to the West and North Rims. The South Rim, which is the hub of the National Park, is where you'll find several visitor centers, museums, hiking trailheads, viewpoints and park lodges.

The South Rim is a pleasant 4 hour drive due north from Phoenix. Most people drive themselves and spend the day walking along the Rim Trail, snapping photos from overlooks and checking out the visitor centers. A day trip itinerary from Phoenix, whether self-guided or on a professional ground tour, takes about 16 hours. While there are a few helicopter tours from Phoenix to the South Rim, it's more likely you'll find ground tours or a combination of a self-driven trip up to rim-adjacent towns like Williams or Tusayan, and then a railway or helicopter tour to the South Rim.

Due to its very remote location and availability limited to the summer/early fall, the North Rim is the least accessible of the three Grand Canyon areas to reach, but for those visitors willing to invest the time and effort, the reward is great. The solitude afforded by the smaller crowds on trails and in campgrounds, and the quiet due to the absence of helicopters, airplanes and commercial tours are as attractive as the dramatic views from the North Rim. The North Rim is easiest to reach from southern Utah cities like St. George and Kanab, or northern Arizona towns like Page and Jacob Lake. Be prepared to drive yourself, or take a guided rafting tour of the Upper Canyon that starts beyond the North Rim in Lees Ferry. Either way, plan on spending at least one night, either at Grand Canyon Lodge inside the park on the rim, in a nearby campground, or in a hotel within 150 miles, anywhere from Jacob Lake to St. George to Page.

Driving yourself is the best way to get to the South and North Rims. The expense of renting a car or fueling your own vehicle is comparable to the total cost of taxis and shuttles, and you'll have greater freedom when it comes to where, when and how you decide to get around. Arizona is a vast state, so even in the cities and towns, you'll find that points of interest are too spread out to reach on foot, there is little to no public transportation, and cabs must be scheduled as opposed to caught; a rental or private vehicle will become necessary at some point, so you might as well drive yourself everywhere.

If you have your mind set on taking a shuttle to the South or North Rim, you certainly can, but you'll pay for it. First, you'll need to book a shuttle from the Phoenix Airport to Flagstaff, which will cost about $41-$45 per person each way. If you're flying directly into Flagstaff, you'll need to take a taxi to your hotel ($7-$15) or book a hotel with a free airport shuttle. And THEN you'll need to book a shuttle to the Grand Canyon itself. There are several companies that provide Grand Canyon shuttles or taxi cabs from Flagstaff to the South Rim, with prices averaging $42 - $58 per person each way. Shuttles to the Grand Canyon depart almost exclusively from Flagstaff, offering pickup and return to Flagstaff hotels. Once inside the Park, take the free shuttle bus system from viewpoint to viewpoint and around Grand Canyon Village. If this sounds like your itinerary, plan on spending about $200 per person on shuttles alone.

Some North Rim visitors may want to take a shuttle or taxi to the North Rim and/or to popular Colorado River rafting put-in spots. There are very few companies that provide Grand Canyon shuttles or taxi cabs from Flagstaff or the South Rim to the North Rim, but those that do offer prices ranging from $158 - $200 per person each way, including the daily TransCanyon shuttle from the South Rim to the North Rim, and vice versa. Shuttles to the Grand Canyon North Rim depart almost exclusively from Flagstaff and the South Rim (although custom options are available for additional rates.) You can also arrange with these shuttle and taxi companies to do a rim-to-rim shuttle ride, which is particularly helpful after a river rafting trip or one-way backpacking trip.

The West Rim is a slightly different story. Driving yourself is a great way to get to the West Rim if you own or rent a high-clearance vehicle (if renting, be sure to check the rental car company's policies on driving off road, as required by the approach to Grand Canyon West.) The final 9-mile stretch of Diamond Bar Road is unpaved and irregular, and is made even trickier in inclement weather. There is no option of a shuttle to the West Rim from Las Vegas or any other major gateway city, so our best recommendation is to book a guided tour to Grand Canyon West. Booking a ground tour, or an airplane or helicopter flight to Grand Canyon West is smart for several reasons: 1) The driving/getting there is done for you, and it's easier and faster (in the case of air tours) 2) Tours are almost always customizable, upgrading or downgrading the various activities and tickets available at Grand Canyon West, making them fairly budget-friendly and 3) there are almost always value-added perks like VIP "skip the line" privileges.

Year-round, you can choose any of three routes to approach the South Rim: via Highway 64 from Williams to the south (main) entrance; via Highway 180 from downtown Flagstaff to the south (main) entrance; or via US-89 from east Flagstaff to the east entrance (known as Desert View). In the winter, your best bet for road conditions and prompt snow removal is Highway 64 from Williams.

Approach the North Rim by first arriving in Jacob Lake, Arizona at the junction of US-89A and Highway 67. Take Highway 67 south 44 miles (approximately 1 hour) to the North Rim.

Most visitors approach the West Rim from Las Vegas, a 123-mile drive via Highway 93 south over Hoover Dam. Go northeast on Pierce Ferry Road (County Highway 25)to Diamond Bar Road (County Highway 261). Go east on Diamond Bar Rd to Grand Canyon West. From Kingman, go north on Stockton Hill Road to Pierce Ferry Road to Diamond Bar Road. Diamond Bar Road ends at Grand Canyon West Airport, the entrance to the West Rim, where you'll buy your entrance package and optional upgrades. Take the mandatory park-and-ride shuttle into Grand Canyon West.

Get more detailed driving directions for the South Rim, North Rim and West Rim.


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Our family-owned and operated inn feels different from other Sedona hotels because it is. When you're here, you'll experience the comfort and convenience that you're used to in your own home. With our very own pet-friendly park, sparkling pool, and fitness center, many of our guests enjoy
Our family-owned and operated inn feels different from other Sedona hotels because it is. When you're here, you'll experience the comfort and convenience that you're used to in your own home. With our very own pet-friendly park, sparkling pool, and fitness center, many of our guests enjoy spending part of their Sedona vacation relaxing with us. With a country inn atmosphere, and bed and breakfast feel, each of the 42 traditional rooms and 47 spacious suites offer comfortable accommodations. All our rooms include complimentary WiFi and a hot breakfast bar to get your day started! Your four-legged family members will love our grassy outside play area with a barbecue and fire-pit. The concierge is on-site daily to share the best things to do in Sedona.
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Don't just view the Canyon from the rim when you can fly the Grand Canyon with a legend! Since 1927, Grand Canyon Airlines has been the premier fixed wing provider of scenic Grand Canyon tour flights. Specially patented, exclusive aircraft provide crystal clear viewing with narration in eight different languages. The classic Grand Discovery Tour is the ultimate Canyon view.

Grand Canyon Expeditions

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Canyoneers

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The ultimate getaway! Spectacular scenery, great side canyon hikes, ancient Indian ruins, splendid waterfalls, gourmet meals, and top notch guides. Come experience the adventure, the challenge, the serenity, the wildlife, the fun and exhilaration, and come away feeling on top of the world! Whether motorized pontoon or smaller rowing boats, Canyoneers does it best! This year, be a Canyoneer. We are a licensed concessionaire of the National Park Service.

Oak Creek Terrace Resort - Sedona

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As a central reservation service for all 16 Grand Canyon Rafting Outfitters, we can help you find your ideal adventure, at no additional cost! Our Trip Finder let's you browse all of the trips offered and compare them apples to apples! Not sure what questions to ask or where to start? No Problem! Contact us and our educated team will provide you with detailed information on river trips that fit within your travel preferences. Our goal is to create an enjoyable, free and unbiased experience for you while navigating the many options of traveling through one of America's most prized possessions. Take the Advantage!

Colorado River & Trail Expeditions Grand Canyon Rafting

Colorado River & Trail Expeditions offers rowing, paddle, motor, kayak support, and hybrid all-inclusive rafting trips. We offer a variety of trip lengths and options. We specialize in taking our clients to the best spots in the Grand Canyon. We pride ourselves in having friendly experi
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Arizona Mountain Inn & Cabins - Flagstaff

Our Tudor-style inn and 17 cabins are tucked away on 13 acres of secluded Ponderosa Pines. The grounds are bordered by the Coconino National Forest on three sides with breath-taking views of the San Francisco Peaks.

Maverick Helicopter Tours

Maverick Helicopters provides helicopter tours to the Grand Canyon. Maverick brings VIP and first-class service to the Grand Canyon. Maverick's helicopters are climate-controlled, specifically built for sightseeing with unobstructed views. Maverick is the world's largest operator of ECO-
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Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend Day Tour

Spend a day visiting two of the most iconic landscapes in the American Southwest- Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend! Our Lower Antelope Canyon Tours take you into the heart of one of the most spectacular slot canyons in the world. Afterward, we visit the famous Horseshoe Bend, where yo

Spend a day visiting two of the most iconic landscapes in the American Southwest- Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend! Our Lower Antelope Canyon Tours take you into the heart of one of the most spectacular slot canyons in the world. Afterward, we visit the famous Horseshoe Bend, where you can peer off the edge at the mighty Colorado River!


The Grand Hotel - Grand Canyon Village

The newest Grand Canyon South Rim hotel! Step into our parlor and enter an era of Old West travel. Rustic timber, immense log beams, western ironwork, and a towering fireplace provide the ultimate Grand Canyon accommodations experience. Indulge yourself nightly in stylish comfort, southwes
The newest Grand Canyon South Rim hotel! Step into our parlor and enter an era of Old West travel. Rustic timber, immense log beams, western ironwork, and a towering fireplace provide the ultimate Grand Canyon accommodations experience. Indulge yourself nightly in stylish comfort, southwest cuisine, cowboy music, Native American ceremonies, and late-night saloon fun! Reserve your Grand Canyon hotel accommodations online NOW and Save!
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Wildland Trekking

Go on an epic journey to the Grand Canyon! Services include 1 to 8 day hiking adventures, tasty backcountry cuisine, and quality gear served up by America's most experienced and knowledgeable Grand Canyon guides. 25+ years experience in adventure travel.

Pink Jeep Tours

Enjoy first-class comfort with a passionate tour guide to the Grand Canyon's stunning West Rim. Travel by Tour Trekker and transform your trip into the experience of a lifetime, creating memories of the history, geology and more from expert guides.

Western River Expeditions

Discover the Grand Canyon, endless in scenic wonder, rich in Native American history and loaded with fun and adventure, Western River Expeditions' Grand Canyon tours are a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Exploring the Grand Canyon by river is an experience unlike any other. Discover hidden
Discover the Grand Canyon, endless in scenic wonder, rich in Native American history and loaded with fun and adventure, Western River Expeditions' Grand Canyon tours are a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Exploring the Grand Canyon by river is an experience unlike any other. Discover hidden waterfalls and paradisiacal side canyons - areas of Grand Canyon National Park that are accessible only by river.

Best Grand Canyon Day Tour

Voted on Trip Advisor as the most popular Grand Canyon day tour. This is the best way to enjoy the Grand Canyon without doing any strenuous hiking. Nearly five million people come to see the Canyon each year and many spend much of their time trying to figure out what to do. Our professi

Voted on Trip Advisor as the most popular Grand Canyon day tour. This is the best way to enjoy the Grand Canyon without doing any strenuous hiking. Nearly five million people come to see the Canyon each year and many spend much of their time trying to figure out what to do. Our professional guides will make sure you get the most out of your trip. While touring in comfort you will learn about the geology and history of one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. The day tour includes short walks to some incredible "less-used" outlooks, a looking into some of the areas most impressive historic buildings, and time to browse resident art galleries and gift shops.


Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters

World's Largest and Most Experienced Helicopter Sightseeing Company! Daily multilingual tours of Grand Canyon departing from Grand Canyon Airport at the South Rim near Tusayan. Choose from a variety of Helicopter Tours, whether you have 1 hour or several to see the Grand Canyon.

Arizona Vacation Home Rentals

Enjoy friendly wildlife, breathtaking scenery and a rustic setting from the comforts of your own vacation home in a quality mountain town. Each home is specially selected for its uniqueness, views, comfort and enhancement of your vacation experience. You'll find each one comfortably furnis
Enjoy friendly wildlife, breathtaking scenery and a rustic setting from the comforts of your own vacation home in a quality mountain town. Each home is specially selected for its uniqueness, views, comfort and enhancement of your vacation experience. You'll find each one comfortably furnished - especially the beds, for your ultimate rejuvenation.

Little America Hotel Flagstaff

Little America is truly one of the best Flagstaff hotels. From our 500-acre private forest to our friendly, knowledgeable concierge staff, Little America exemplifies the adventurous spirit and hospitality of Grand Canyon area Flagstaff hotels.
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Canyon Villa Bed & Breakfast Inn Of Sedona

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Enjoy bedside views of the Red Rocks of Sedona by Bell Rock and Courthouse Butte. Sedona bed and breakfast fare includes full gourmet breakfasts, an afternoon appetizer hour, and evening coffee, teas, and dessert. Bask by the solar pool on warm summer days, and stargaze clear evening skies by an outdoor fire as the weather gets cooler.
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