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National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior Grand Canyon National Park Grand Canyon, Arizona

Trip Planner Table of Contents

WELCOME TO GRAND CANYON.................... 2 GENERAL INFORMATION................................ 3 GETTING TO GRAND CANYON....................... 4 WEATHER......................................................... 5 SOUTH RIM...................................................... 6 SOUTH RIM SERVICES AND FACILITIES.......... 7 NORTH RIM...................................................... 8 NORTH RIM SERVICES AND FACILITIES.......... 9 TOURS AND TRIPS........................................... 10 HIKING MAP.................................................... 12 DAY HIKING..................................................... 13 HIKING TIPS..................................................... 14 BACKPACKING................................................. 15 GET INVOLVED................................................ 17 OUTSIDE THE NATIONAL PARK...................... 18 PARK PARTNERS.............................................. 19

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Welcome to Grand Canyon

Welcome to Grand Canyon National Park! For many, a visit to the Grand Canyon is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I hope you find the following pages useful for trip planning. Whether your first visit or your tenth, this planner can help you design the trip of your dreams. As we welcome over 6 million visitors a year to Grand Canyon, your safety is of the utmost importance to me. I want you to have an enjoyable and memorable visit but most importantly I want you to have a safe visit. Use this information to start planning how you will explore Grand Canyon but don’t be afraid to check in with park staff when you get here. Our knowledgeable rangers can help perfect any itinerary you put together and ensure you leave with happy memories. Exploring any park, Grand Canyon included, can have some dangers. Be sure you are drinking enough water and eating salty snacks (if hiking). Look down to see where your feet are; I know the views are breathtaking, but don’t forget to keep a safe distance from the rim of the Canyon. Wildlife can be cute or even majestic but maintaining a safe distance and not feeding the animals is best for you and the animal. Just by being aware of these few safety best practices and using all of the trip planning resources available here, I know that you will have a fantastic experience visiting us at Grand Canyon National Park! Thank you,

Christine Lehnertz, Superintendent

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General Information

National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior

Located entirely in northern Arizona, the park encompasses 277 miles of the Colorado River and adjacent uplands. One of the most spectacular examples of erosion anywhere in the world, Grand Canyon is unmatched in the incomparable vistas it offers to visitors on the rim. Grand Canyon National Park is a World Heritage Site. Grand Canyon National Park Superintendent Christine Lehnertz PO Box 129 Grand Canyon, Arizona 86023 USA Park Headquarters 928-638-7888 Website www.nps.gov/grca/

Park Openings and Closings

Park Entrance Fees

The Village and Desert View on the South Rim are open all year and park entrances remain open 24 hours a day. North Rim facilities open mid-May and close midOctober. Park entrances remain open 24 hours a day during this time. Hours for visitor centers and businesses vary throughout the year.

Fees collected support projects in the park. Admission to the park is $30 per private vehicle; $25 per motorcycle; and $15 per person entering the park via Grand Canyon Railway, park shuttle bus, private rafting trip, walking, or riding a bicycle. The pass can be used for seven days and includes both rims. Pay fees at park entrance stations or at some businesses outside the park. Every year the National Park Service offers entrance fee free days. For complete fee information, including Annual, Active Military, Senior, and Access passes visit

Park Information The park produces a Pocket Map with a North Rim and South Rim edition that contains a map and information about services, facilities, and park ranger programs. It is available in French, German, Japanese, Italian, Spanish, Korean, and Chinese. A hiking brochure is available for those planning to hike one of the park’s main trails down into Grand Canyon. An Accessibility Guide is also available. Obtain publications at entrance stations, visitor centers, or at go.nps.gov/136ojl

Accessibility For information about accessibility in Grand Canyon National Park, see

go.nps.gov/y5uu6f

Sustainability Grand Canyon National Park incorporates sustainability into all aspects of its operations. Use your refillable water bottle to fill up on free Grand Canyon spring water at major trailheads, visitor centers, grocery stores, and lodges. Please recycle—recycling receptacles are conveniently located and as common as trash receptacles. Discover what else you can do to protect the environment while traveling here and beyond at go.nps.gov/1b2rzt

go.nps.gov/1rtxl2

Pets Pets must be leashed at all times and may not be taken below the rim, inside buildings, or on shuttle buses. Persons wishing to take service animals below the rim must check in at the Backcountry Information Center. A kennel on the South Rim provides animal boarding. The National Park Service cares for the special places saved by the American people so that all may experience our heritage.

go.nps.gov/loxbia

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Getting To Grand Canyon To Salt Lake City

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Take US 89A to Jacob Lake, Arizona, and turn south onto AZ 67 to the North Entrance of the park.

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Phoenix Provides daily 10 trips each way between the North and South rims from mid-May to mid-October. Also runs in off-season from October 16 through November 15, but must call first to confirm. 928-638-2820 trans-canyonshuttle.com FLAGSTAFF SHUTTLE AND CHARTER

Latitude, Longitude: 36° 03’32”N 112° 06’33”W UTM Zone 12, NAD 83: 400093 East, 3991074 North

Year-round custom service for individuals and groups from Flagstaff, Sedona, and Phoenix, Arizona, and Las Vegas, Nevada, to the South and North rims.

DESERT VIEW WATCHTOWER (DESERT VIEW)

888-215-3105 flagshuttle.com

GRAND CANYON VISITOR CENTER (SOUTH RIM)

Latitude, Longitude: 36° 2’38”N 111° 49’33”W UTM Zone 12, NAD 83: 425584 East, 3989159 North NORTH RIM VISITOR CENTER (NORTH RIM)

Latitude, Longitude: 36° 11’51”N 112° 03’09”W UTM Zone 12, NAD 83: 405379 East, 4006465 North

Fly from Boulder City, Nevada, near Las Vegas, to Grand Canyon Airport in Tusayan, Arizona. Ride a taxi from the airport to the South Rim; rental cars not available at Grand Canyon Airport.

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Airlines serve Phoenix, Arizona, and Las Vegas, Nevada. Limited flights go to Flagstaff, Arizona. Rent a car at any of these airports to continue to Grand Canyon National Park or reserve a shuttle to the park from Phoenix or Flagstaff.

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From the south—exit I-40 at Williams, Arizona, and proceed north on AZ 64; or exit on US 180 in Flagstaff, Arizona, and follow US 180 to the intersection with AZ 64, then turn north and follow AZ 64 to the 60 To LosSouth Angeles Entrance of the park. 10

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800-872-7245 amtrak.com GRAND CANYON RAILWAY

The train leaves Williams Depot at 9:30 am and arrives at Grand Canyon Depot at 11:45 am. The train departs Grand Canyon at 3:30 pm, arriving in Williams at 5:45 pm. A second departure may be offered during peak periods; call for information. 800-843-8746 thetrain.com

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GREYHOUND

Serves Flagstaff and Williams, Arizona. 800-231-2222 greyhound.com

Tusayan Route Shuttle Bus PARK AND RIDE: WE’LL BE YOUR GUIDE

Why wait in lines and drive in circles looking for parking? During the busy season, long entrance station lines and difficult to find parking can take the enjoyment out of your trip. Park in the gateway community of Tusayan and ride a shuttle bus into the park. The Tusayan Route operates from March to September. After making four stops in Tusayan, the shuttle bus heads straight to the Grand Canyon Visitor Center, where you can begin your Grand Canyon experience. No lines, no hassles, no fuss! go.nps.gov/1nw8ff

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Weather Current and Year-Round Weather and Road Conditions go.nps.gov/grca_wr

SUMMER

SPRING AND FALL

WINTER

June through August on the rims May to September in the canyon

April, May, September, and October on the rims. March, April, October, and early November in the canyon

November through March on the rims December to February in the canyon

Beautiful weather shines on the rims, while brutal heat tortures the inner canyon. The high elevation and low humidity causes dramatic changes in temperature from day to night; bring a jacket. The excessive heat in the canyon can be dangerous and even fatal to unprepared hikers. Average rim temperatures range from 48°F (9°C) to 83°F (28°C). Inner canyon temperatures range from 72°F (23°C) to 104°F (40°C).

Come prepared for a variety of conditions during these changeable seasons. May and October are typically dry, but snow on the rims is not unusual. Late April and May feature strong wind on the rims. Seasonable weather in the canyon offers some of the best times for hiking, making permits harder to obtain for overnight camping. Average rim temperatures range from 32°F (0°C) to 63°F (17°C). Inner canyon temperatures range from 56°F (13°C) to 82°F (28°C).

While the South Rim remains open yearround, the road to the North Rim closes with the first heavy snowfall. Canyon views may be obscured during passing storms, but canyon formations highlighted by snow are unforgettable. Grand Canyon National Park does not refund entrance fees due to weather. The park plows South Rim roads, but temporary closures may occur. Average rim temperatures range from 19°F (-7°C) to 45°F (7°C). Inner canyon temperatures range from 36°F (2°C) to 56°F (13°C).

LIGHTNING DANGER

Common during summer, monsoon storms bring dangerous lightning. When you hear thunder, move away from the canyon rim. Do not stand under trees. Seek shelter inside vehicles, shuttle buses, or buildings; note that shuttle buses only stop at designated bus stops and will not pick you up on the side of the road during a storm. Be aware of possible floods and falling rocks during and after storms.

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South Rim Hermits Rest to Village 7 miles 11 kilometers

Village to Visitor Center 2.1 miles 3.4 kilometers

Visitor Center to Desert View 22 miles 35 kilometers

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The South Rim experiences crowded conditions throughout the year. Parking near the Grand Canyon Visitor Center fills Distances by 10Rim am during busy periods. ForRoad surviving Trail busy times see go.nps.gov/gc_tips

Choose from dozens of beautiful and unique overlooks. Enjoy fantastic vistas no matter the viewpoint.Free Shuttle Buses

Paved Greenway Trail (bicycles) Paved trail (no bicycles) Unpaved trail (bicycles)

Unpaved trail (no bicycles)

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Hermits Rest to Pima Point

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Pima Point to Monument Creek Vista

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2.9km

Monument Creek Vista to The Abyss

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The Abyss to Mojave Point

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1.8km

Mojave Point to Hopi Point

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Hopi Point to Powell Point

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Powell Point to Maricopa Point

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Maricopa Point to Trailview Overlook

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Trailview Overlook to Bright Angel Trailhead

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Grand Canyon Visitor Center to: Desert View

Market Plaza Tusayan Village

Find additional parking found in lots A–D. Find shuttle bus stops in or near all parking areas. go.nps.gov/gc_parking Bright Angel Trailhead to Verkamp’s

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2.3km

Yavapai Point to Mather Point

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1.1km

Mather Point to Pipe Creek Vista

1.4mi

2.3km

Pipe Creek Vista to South Kaibab Trailhead

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Pipe Creek Vista to Grand Canyon Visitor Center

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Grand Canyon Visitor Center to Market Plaza

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Market Plaza to Village

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Village to Hermit Road

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Monument Creek Vista to Pima Point

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Post office

Information

RV camping DESERT VIEW DRIVE

Bus route transfers

Hours of Operation Shuttle buses run every 10–15 minutes during the day. They run approximately every 30 minutes during the hour before sunrise and the hour after sunset. Bus Rules 1. No eating or open drink containers. 2. No pets. Service animals permitted. 3. Collapse strollers before entering the shuttle bus. No oversized or jogging strollers. Remove baby-back carriers when seated. 4. Shuttle buses can accommodate two or three bicycles but not tag alongs, baby trailers, or children’s bicycles with wheels less than 16 inches (41 cm). Riders must load and unload their bicycles. 5. Shuttle buses only stop at designated bus stops.

Drive along 22 miles (35 km) for views of the Colorado River. Climb to the top floor of Desert View Watchtower for a 360-degree view. Telephone Wi-Fi

COLORADO RIVER VIEWS

Look down on portions of the Colorado River from viewpoints along Hermit Road, Desert View Drive, and from Yavapai and Mather points.

East South

Grand Canyon: A Journey of Wonder, a 22-minute introductory film, repeats on theRest hour and half-hour inRoute Grand Canyon Hermits Route (Red) Village (Blue) Visitor Center. Stop

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SEE THE PARK FILM

March 1 to November 30 Bus routes

Travel the 7-mile (11 km) Hermit Road. Stop at nine scenic viewpoints and numerous unnamed overlooks. Shuttle buses and bicycles only March 1 to November 30.

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Consider using the free shuttle bus system. Running on natural gas, these fullyaccessible buses offer easy access to many popular viewpoints and hiking and bicycling opportunities along the South Rim. go.nps.gov/gc_shuttle

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Maswik Lodge

Monument Creek Vista

Backcountry Information Center

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Mather Campground

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ATTEND A FREE PARK RANGER PROGRAM

Daily programs help you discover more about Grand Canyon. Check visitor centers or go.nps.gov/gc_programs for a fullRoute listing Tusayan (Purple)of park ranger programs. Grand Canyon Visitor Center

Kaibab/Rim Route (Orange)

May 7 to October 9 Stop

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GO ON A HIKE

Northbound

Year-round Stop

Grand Canyon Visitor Center IMAX/R.P.’s Stage Stop

Grand Canyon Visitor Center

Best Western Grand Canyon Squire Inn

Mather Point

Grand Hotel

Yavapai Geology Museum

Big E Steakhouse & Saloon

Grand Canyon Visitor Center

Grand Canyon Visitor Center

South Kaibab Trailhead

Rim route

Kaibab route

See page 13 for rim and inner canyon day hiking information. Use free shuttle buses to access trails. Yaki Point

Pipe Creek Vista

Grand Canyon Visitor Center

RIDE A BICYCLE

Journey through the forest and along parts of the canyon rim on the Greenway Trail. go.nps.gov/1v2hmb

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South Rim Services and Facilities

Information The National Park Service staffs several visitor centers on the South Rim. Open every day of the year; hours vary. VILLAGE

Grand Canyon Visitor Center Plan your visit, and learn about Grand Canyon through the free park film and exhibits. Offers close access to Mather Point. Backcountry Information Center Learn about inner-canyon hiking; obtain backcountry information and permits. Kolb Studio View exhibits in the restored 1904 Kolb brothers’ home and photography studio. Verkamp’s Visitor Center Visit one of the oldest buildings in the Village and explore more than 100 years of community history. Yavapai Geology Museum Find answers to your questions with 3D maps and exhibits about the geologic story you see through the windows. DESERT VIEW

Desert View Watchtower Inspired by ancient pueblos, this Mary Jane Colter building offers spectacular views of Grand Canyon and the Painted Desert. Tusayan Museum and Ruin Look into the past and present day lives of thriving American Indian communities. Located 3 miles (4.8 km) west of Desert View.

Camping

Lodging

Desert View Campground (NPS) $12/night; no hookups. Maximum vehicle length: 30 feet (9.1 m). Open mid-April to mid-October on a first-come, first-served basis; no reservations. Located 22 miles (35 km) east of the Village.

Reservations should be made well in advance as facilities tend to be full for much of the year. Offseason rates available. Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts Offers accommodations at Yavapai Lodge. 877-404-4611 visitgrandcanyon.com

IN THE PARK

Mather Campground (NPS) $18/night; no hookups; dump station available. Maximum vehicle length: 30 feet (9.1 m). Open year-round; reservations strongly recommended April through October. Operates first-come, firstserved from the end of November to early March. 877-444-6777 recreation.gov Trailer Village (Delaware North Companies) Pull-through sites with hookups. Reservations recommended. Open year-round. 877-404-4611 visitgrandcanyon.com OUTSIDE THE PARK, TUSAYAN, ARIZONA

Camper Village (Private) Hookups, coin-operated showers, laundry, propane, dump station, and store; open year-round. 928-638-2887 grandcanyoncampervillage.com Ten-X Campground (Kaibab National Forest) No hookups or showers. Most individual sites firstcome, first-served. Some individual and all group sites available by reservation. Open May through September. Reservations: 877-444-6777 or recreation.gov Information: 928-638-2443

IN THE PARK

Xanterra Parks & Resorts Offers accommodations at El Tovar Hotel and Bright Angel, Kachina, Maswik, and Thunderbird, lodges. 888-297-2757 grandcanyonlodges.com OUTSIDE THE PARK IN TUSAYAN, ARIZONA

Best Western Grand Canyon Squire Inn 800-622-6966 grandcanyonsquire.com Grand Canyon Plaza Hotel 800-995-2521; pets ok grandcanyonplaza.com The Grand Hotel 888-634-7263 grandcanyongrandhotel.com Holiday Inn Express 928-638-3000 gcanyon.com Red Feather Lodge 800-538-2345; pets ok redfeatherlodge.com 7 Mile Lodge 928-638-2291; no reservations

Other Services The Village features a variety of services, including restaurants, gift shops, post office, bank, general store, garage, kennel, laundry, showers, taxi, and more. go.nps.gov/o2ib4w Tusayan, Arizona, offers additional restaurants, gift shops, groceries, and a gas station.

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NORTH RIM VISITOR CENTER

Explore exhibits, talk to a park ranger, and visit the bookstore operated by the Grand Canyon Association. BACKCOUNTRY INFORMATION CENTER

Located in the Administrative Building, learn about inner-canyon hiking and obtain backcountry information and permits for overnight hikes.

Cape Final 7916ft 2413m

Cape Royal

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Discover Grand Canyon's hidden secrets. See the current list of park ranger programs at the North Rim Visitor Center. go.nps.gov/gc_activities

Travel 11 miles (18 km) from the visitor center to view Mount Hayden and Marble Canyon along this beautiful 20-minute drive each way.

ENJOY THE VISTAS

CAPE ROYAL

View the canyon from Grand Canyon Lodge, trails along the rim, or the scenic drives on the Walhalla Plateau leading to Point Imperial and Cape Royal.

Drive 23 miles (37 km) from the visitor center to explore Angels Window and ancestral Puebloan ruins at Walhalla Glades. Allow plenty of time to enjoy this 45-minute drive each way.

ATTEND A FREE PARK RANGER PROGRAM

POINT IMPERIAL

GO ON A HIKE

See page 13 for rim and inner canyon day hiking information. RIDE A BICYCLE

Note: Vehicles longer than 30 feet (9 m) not recommended on the roads to Point Imperial and Cape Royal.

Permitted on all roads unless posted; prohibited on all trails, except the Bridle and Arizona trails.

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North Rim Services and Facilities

Camping

Lodging

Food and Beverage

North Rim Campground (NPS) $18–$25/night. No hookups; dump station available. Stays limited to seven days per season. Open May 15 to October 31. Campground fills most nights; advanced reservations strongly recommended. 877-444-6777 recreation.gov

Grand Canyon Lodge Make reservations with Forever Resorts; books well in advance. Check the lodge for same day availability. Open May 15 to October 15. 877-386-4383 grandcanyonforever.com

Grand Canyon Lodge Dining Room Offers a view of the canyon; reservations for dinner recommended; open daily.

OUTSIDE THE PARK

Roughrider Saloon In the Grand Canyon Lodge complex; open daily.

IN THE PARK

OUTSIDE THE PARK

DeMotte Campground (US Forest Service) 18 miles (28 km) north of North Rim. $20/night; no hookups or reservations. Open May 15 to October 15. Reservations for half the sites: 877-444-6777 or recreation.gov Information: 928-643-7395 fs.usda.gov Jacob Lake Campground (US Forest Service) 45 miles (75 km) north of North Rim. $20/night; no hookups. Open May 15 to October 15. Reservations for camp site: 877-444-6777 or recreation.gov Information: 928-643-7395 fs.usda.gov

IN THE PARK

Kaibab Lodge Located 18 miles (30 km) north of North Rim; open May 15 to October 15 and includes a restaurant and store. 928-638-2389 kaibablodge.com Jacob Lake Inn Located 45 miles (75 km) north of North Rim in Jacob Lake, Arizona; open year-round. Includes a restaurant, store, and gas station with pay at pump available 24 hours daily. Propane available. 928-643-7232 jacoblake.com

IN THE PARK

Deli in the Pines In the Grand Canyon Lodge complex; open daily.

Coffee Shop Located in the Roughrider Saloon; offers coffee, bagels, and baked goods in the morning and light fare, appetizers, and cocktails later in the day. Chuckwagon Buffet Located in the Grand Canyon Lodge. Purchase an all-you-can eat or a one-time-through ticket and take your dinner from the auditorium to the veranda.

Other Services The North Rim offers a variety of other services including fuel, garage, laundry, showers, post office, and more. go.nps.gov/o2ib4w

Kaibab Camper Village (Private) Located 0.25 mile (0.5 km) south of Jacob Lake on Arizona Highway 67. Open May 15 to October 15; full hookups available. 928-643-7804 928-526-0924, during the off-season kaibabcampervillage.com

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Tours and Trips Air Tours

Mule Trips

Bus Tours

All scenic air tours originate from Grand Canyon Airport in Tusayan, Arizona, outside the South Rim of the park. Companies offer both fixed-wing and helicopter tours daily.

Mule trips make daily excursions and overnight trips into the canyon. For information visit

FIXED-WING

SOUTH RIM

Grand Canyon Airlines 866-235-9422 grandcanyonairlines.com

Xanterra Parks & Resorts 303-297-2757 or 888-297-2757 grandcanyonlodges.com

Daily South Rim tours to Hermits Rest and Desert View, as well as sunrise and sunset tours. Tour guides explain history and geology while you relax and enjoy canyon views. Wheelchair-accessible coaches available by prior arrangement.

Westwind Air Service 888-869-0866 westwindairservice.com

NORTH RIM

Vision Airlines 800-256-8767 visionholidays.com HELICOPTER

Grand Canyon Helicopters 855-326-9617 grandcanyonhelicoptersaz.com Maverick Helicopters 888-261-4414 maverickhelicopter.com

go.nps.gov/14jx4c

Xanterra Parks & Resorts 303-297-2757 or 888-297-2757 grandcanyonlodges.com

Grand Canyon Trail Rides May 15 to October 15 435-679-8665 canyonrides.com

Bicycle Rentals and Tours Bicycle, wheelchair, and stroller rentals are available from March to January, weather permitting. Rent a bicycle for a self-guided tour of the rim or enjoy seasonally offered guided bicycle tours. Closed Christmas Day. Bright Angel Bicycles and Café 928-638-3055 bikegrandcanyon.com

Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters 888-635-7272 papillon.com

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River Adventures For an ultimate adventure and a life-changing experience, raft the Colorado River through Grand Canyon. Several options allow exploring the river on a diversity of time frames and budgets. 1-DAY COMMERCIAL TRIPS

2 – 5 DAY LOWER GORGE RIVER TRIPS

Half-day and all-day smooth-water float trips travel 15 river miles (24 km) from Glen Canyon Dam to Lees Ferry, March 1 to November 30.

Private river trips can float 52 river miles (84 km) from Diamond Creek to Lake Mead. Permits available starting one year in advance on a first-come, first-served basis. The National Park Service does not assess permit fees for this section of the river, but the Hualapai Tribe charges access fees for crossing their reservation. For information and applications visit: go.nps.gov/sxsoub

Glen Canyon Rafting Hospitality Contact information unavailable as of November 2017.

3 – 18 DAY COMMERCIAL TRIPS

The following companies offer three- to 19-day river trips through Grand Canyon, traveling 226 river miles (364 km) from Lees Ferry to Diamond Creek. Companies offer a variety of trips in large motorized rafts, oared rafts, paddle rafts, and dories. Aramark-Wilderness River Adventures 800-992-8022 riveradventures.com

Grand Canyon Expeditions Co. 800-544-2691 gcex.com

Arizona Raft Adventures 800-786-7238 azraft.com

Grand Canyon Whitewater 800-343-3121 grandcanyonwhitewater.com

Arizona River Runners 800-477-7238 raftarizona.com

Hatch River Expeditions 800-856-8966 hatchriverexpeditions.com

Canyon Explorations/ Canyon Expeditions 800-654-0723 canyonexplorations.com

O.A.R.S. Grand Canyon 800-346-6277 oars.com

Canyoneers, Inc. 800-525-0924 canyoneers.com Colorado River & Trail Expeditions, Inc. 800-253-7328 crateinc.com Grand Canyon Dories 800-346-6277 oars.com/grandcanyon/dories.html

Outdoors Unlimited 800-637-7238 outdoorsunlimited.com Tour West 800-435-9107 twriver.com Western River Expeditions 866-904-1160 westernriver.com

12 – 25 DAY PRIVATE TRIPS

Since demand far exceeds supply, the park dispenses non-commercial permits to travel from Lees Ferry to Diamond Creek via a weighted lottery. Each February, a main lottery assigns the majority of launch dates for the next year. Additional follow-up lotteries occur throughout the remainder of the year to re-assign cancelled trips. go.nps.gov/ig4s55 Grand Canyon National Park Trip Planner 11

Hiking Map Legend

North Kaibab Trailhead

North Rim

0.7mi (1.1km)

Coconino Overlook

Full services May 15 to October 15 located 1.7 miles (2.7 km) from trailhead

Toilets Drinking Water: Year-Round Always carry backup water purification.

1.3mi (2.1km)

Supai Tunnel 0.6mi (1.0km)

Ca

Redwall Bridge

ny

on

Ri

Drinking Water: Seasonal

m

Always carry backup water purification.

North Rim Visitor Center

2.1mi (3.4km)

Roaring Springs

Emergency Phone Campground Camp in designated sites only; permit required

0.7mi (1.1km)

Ranger Station: Year-Round

Manzanita Rest Area

Ranger Station: Seasonal North

1.4mi (2.3km)

First Aid

Cottonwood Campground

7.2

mi

(11

.6k

m)

Ribbon Falls

Phantom Ranger Station Bright Angel Campground River Resthouse 1.8mi (2.9km)

Plateau Point

Tip Off

1.5mi (2.4km)

Indian Garden Campground

2.6mi (4.2km)

Do not swim in the Colorado River! Dangerous currents and cold water temperatures can be deadly.

1.4mi (2.3km) 3.2mi (5.2km)

Skeleton Point 1.5mi (2.4km)

1.5mi (2.4km)

1.5mi (2.4km) 0.5mi (0.8km)

Lower Tunnel

3-Mile Resthouse

Cedar Ridge

Can yo nR

im

1½-Mile Resthouse

Ooh Aah Point

0.8 mi (1.3km)

Upper Tunnel

0.2mi (0.3km) Bright Angel Trailhead

0.6mi (1.0km)

Grand Canyon Visitor Center

0.9mi (1.4km)

South Kaibab Trailhead

South Rim

Services available year-round

South Kaibab Trailhead closed to private vehicles. Access only via free shuttle bus.

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Day Hiking

Hiking in Grand Canyon creates life changing experiences and lasting memories. Proper planning ensures good hiking memories. See page 14 for hiking tips.

South Rim

Hiking to the Colorado River and back in one day is dangerous and not recommended. Summer heat occasionally causes fatalities. In winter, cold temperatures and slippery trails can cause accidents and hypothermia.

If you desire an overnight hike see pages 15–16 and contact the Backcountry Information Center for permits.

Destination

Distance Time Round Trip Round Trip

Elevation Change

Notes

Follows the rim for 13 miles (21 km)

Your choice

15 minutes to all day

200 feet 60 m

Mostly paved, except dirt from Monument Creek Vista east to Powell Point

1 ½-Mile Resthouse

3 miles 4.8 km

2 – 4 hours

2,112 feet 644 m

Toilets Water May – October

3-Mile Resthouse

6 miles 9.6 km

4 – 6 hours

2,112 feet 644 m

Toilets Water May– October

Indian Garden

9.2 miles 14.8 km

6 – 9 hours

3,060 feet 933 m

Water year-round Toilets

Trail begins south of Yaki Point at the South Kaibab Trailhead; you must ride the free shuttle bus to the trailhead. Best views for a relatively short and steep hike, but no water. Upper portion of trail subject to strong afternoon sun with little or no shade. Signs identifying turn-around spots may not be in place.

Ooh Ahh Point

1.8 miles 2.9 km

1 – 2 hours

600 feet 180 m

No water First view east

Cedar Ridge

3 miles 4.8 km

2 – 4 hours

1,140 feet 347 m

No water Toilets

Skeleton Point

6 miles 9.6 km

4 – 6 hours

2,040 feet 622 m

No water Hitching rail

North Rim

Destination

Distance Time Round Trip Round Trip

Elevation Change

Notes

Bright Angel Point

0.5 miles 0.8 km

30 minutes

200 feet 60 m

No water

Widforss Point

9.6 miles 15.5 km

6 hours

200 feet 60 m

No water Self-guiding trail brochure available at trailhead

Coconino Overlook

1.4 miles 2.3 km

1 – 2 hours

800 feet 245 m

No water Expansive view

Supai Tunnel

4 miles 6.4 km

3 – 4 hours

1,450 feet 445 m

Water May–October

Rim Trail Mostly flat; many sections suitable for wheelchairs. Easy walks and quiet views. Follows the rim from Hermits Rest east to South Kaibab Trailhead. Begin from any viewpoint and use the free shuttle buses to customize your trip; see the South Rim Pocket Map for route information.

Bright Angel Trail This popular, steep trail into the canyon begins west of Bright Angel Lodge. Upper portion provides some afternoon shade. Water available year-round at Indian Garden, subject to breaks in the pipeline.

South Kaibab Trail

Bright Angel Point A short walk on a paved rim trail leads to a spectacular view of the canyon. Trail begins at the log shelter in the parking area by the visitor center or at the porch behind Grand Canyon Lodge. Trail not wheelchair accessible.

Widforss Trail Even a short walk along this rim trail blending forest and canyon scenery can be very satisfying. Take the dirt road 0.25 miles (0.4 km) south of the road to Cape Royal for one mile (1.6 km) to the trailhead.

North Kaibab Trail The trailhead is two miles (3 km) north of Grand Canyon Lodge. This steep trail begins in the forest, but descends quickly into the canyon. Mules may be encountered. In the spring, trail opening may be delayed for repairs.

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Hiking Tips

Prepare a Day Pack With:

Danger!

Hike Smart

Pack at least two liters of water depending on hike intensity and duration. Always bring a water treatment method in case of pipeline breaks or repair work.

Hiking to the river and back in one day is never recommended due to extreme weather, long distances, and a near 5,000foot (1,500 m) elevation change each way.

Keys to a successful hike include k nowledge, preparation, and a good

FOOD

HEALTH RISKS

Salty snacks and high-calorie meal(s).

Familiarize yourself with the symptoms and treatment for heat-related illnesses, hypothermia, dehydration, and electrolyte imbalances.

WATER

FIRST AID KIT

Include prescription medications, blister care, duct tape, and pocket knife.

DAY HIKES TO THE RIVER

Know your route, including trail quality and water resources. FLASHLIGHT OR HEADLAMP

Include spare batteries; you may end up hiking in the dark unexpectedly. Cell phones may not provide adequate light and will run out of power. SUN PROTECTION

Sunscreen, wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses. COMMUNICATION

Yelling, a whistle, signal mirrors, and cell phones—while service is limited, phones can be helpful. EMERGENCY SHELTER

A lightweight tarp provides shade and shelter.

plan. Grand Canyon is not the place for spontaneity. Always check weather and trail conditions before you hike. EAT AND DRINK

Snack every time you drink water or sports drink. REST

OVEREXERTION MAP OR TRAIL GUIDE

PLAN

People often have overly ambitious plans and fail to pace and take care of themselves. If you feel unwell, you must rest. Remember it takes twice as long to hike up as it does to hike down. NO SWIMMING

The Colorado River is fast, wide, and cold (46°F / 8°C) year-round. Do not swim in the river—you will perish! DO NOT THROW ROCKS

Rocks or other objects tossed over the edge or dislodged by taking shortcuts can injure hikers and wildlife below.

Sit down, prop your legs up, and take a 10-minute break at least once every hour. If you do not feel well, rest until you feel better. LEAVE NO TRACE

Day hikers can leave quite a mark in the canyon—literally. Write a postcard to your friends instead of writing on walls. Take your trash back out with you, including toilet paper. Do not feed the wildlife, and guard your food from food-habituated animals. Stay together, follow your plan, and know where and how to seek help.

Hiking Safety Information SUMMER

go.nps.gov/iopezu WINTER

go.nps.gov/1fx2nh

CORRECT GEAR

Layer clothing to protect yourself from the weather. Wear broken-in hiking shoes with good soles. Bring hiking poles to lessen the impact on your joints.

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Backpacking

Backcountry Information Centers Contact Mail: E-mail:

Grand Canyon Permits Office National Park Service 1824 S. Thompson St., Suite 201 Flagstaff, Arizona 86001 USA [email protected]

Fax: 928-638-2125 Tel:

928-638-7875; answered 8 am – 5 pm Mountain Standard Time, Monday  to Friday



Backcountry information: go.nps.gov/1lvc55

SOUTH RIM

NORTH RIM

Open daily 8 am – noon and 1 – 5 pm Year-round

Open daily 8 am – noon and 1 – 5 pm Mid-May to mid-October Located in the Administrative Building

Do I Need a Permit?

Permit Cost

Grand Canyon National Park requires permits for all overnight backcountry camping including: • hiking • horseback riding • cross-country ski trips • off-river hikes by river trip members • camping at rim sites other than developed campgrounds

$10 per permit plus $8 per person or stock animal per night camped below the rim and $8 per group per night camped above the rim. Denied requests will not incur a charge.

Day hiking, day horseback riding, river trips, mule trips, and overnight stays in dormitories or cabins at Phantom Ranch do not need a backcountry permit.

Backcountry permits do not include park entrance fees and once submitted cannot be refunded. Permits cancelled at least four days in advance will receive a hiker credit (minus a $10 cancellation charge), valid for one year.

How to Apply Obtain all overnight backcountry permits through the Backcountry Information Center. The park only accepts fax, mail, or in-person requests; telephone and email requests are not accepted.

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When to Apply

Use Areas

The furthest in advance permit requests are considered by the Backcountry Information Center is the first of the month, four months prior to the proposed start month.

Grand Canyon National Park divides the backcountry into use areas, ranging from several hundred to several thousand acres. Each use area has an overnight capacity based on the size of the area, the number of suitable campsites, the area’s ecological sensitivity, its management zoning, and its history. For a list of use areas and additional information visit go.nps.gov/whgm99

The park begins accepting these earliest consideration requests starting about 10 days before the first of the month that is four months prior to the proposed start month. All earliest consideration requests received by 5 pm mountain standard time on the first of the month are randomly ordered for processing. Once this is completed all later requests are considered in the order received. Apply early! Popular use areas/campsites fill up the first week of the first month they become available for permit requests. Verbal in-person permit requests are only considered for start dates one to three months out. Written requests are not accepted for permits with proposed start dates less than 21 days out. Only in-person requests will be considered within this time frame.

Permit Responses Grand Canyon National Park responds to all written requests via US mail only. Please allow at least three weeks for processing. The park issues a permit and mails it to the trip leader when space is available and all fee requirements are met. If you have been denied a permit through the mail, you may want to consider day hikes or attempt to obtain a last minute, walk-up permit in person at the Backcountry Information Center.

Last Minute Permit for Corridor Campgrounds A limited number of last minute walk-up permits are available at the South Rim and/or North Rim Backcountry Information Center for Corridor Campgrounds (Indian Garden, Bright Angel, and Cottonwood Campgrounds). These last minute permits are issued in person only, are for one or two consecutive nights, and cannot be purchased more than one day prior to the start of a hike.

For hike dates during the month of:

Submit written request starting:

Requests received by 5 pm MST on this day get earliest consideration:

Length of Stay Camping in the Bright Angel, Indian Garden, Cottonwood, Hermit, Monument, Horseshoe Mesa, and Tapeats use areas is limited to two nights (consecutive or nonconsecutive) per campsite or campground per hike. One exception is made to this rule: from November 15 to February 28, up to four nights will be allowed in Bright Angel, Indian Garden, or Cottonwood campgrounds. In use areas other than the seven listed above, trips are limited to a maximum of seven nights per use area; however, overall trip lengths are not limited.

Group Size Groups are restricted to 11 or fewer people. More permits are available for small groups (one to six people) than for large groups (seven to 11 people). Limiting the size of your group increases the chances of obtaining a permit. Do not obtain multiple permits for the same night for the same campground or use area or all permits will be void.

In-person verbal requests accepted on or after:

January

August 20

September 1

October 1

February

September 20

October 1

November 1

March

October 20

November 1

December 1

April

November 20

December 1

January 1

May

December 20

January 1

February 1

June

January 20

February 1

March 1

July

February 20

March 1

April 1

August

March 20

April 1

May 1

September

April 20

May 1

June 1

October

May 20

June 1

July 1

November

June 20

July 1

August 1

December

July 20

August 1

September 1

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Get Involved Teachers

FIELD TRIPS, CLASSROOM RANGERS, DISTANCE LEARNING, AND TEACHER WORKSHOPS

Using Grand Canyon as a teaching tool, park rangers conduct curriculum-based field trips, in-class presentations, and live, two-way video distance learning programs for grades K–12. Students engage in real-world exploration of concepts related to geology, ecology, and human history. 928-638-7931 nps.gov/grca/learn/education

University Students GRAND CANYON SEMESTER

Grand Canyon National Park partners with Northern Arizona University and Prescott College to offer a unique, semester-long program. Grand Canyon Semester immerses students in a placebased learning experience using Grand Canyon as a classroom and laboratory. Classroom academics combine with field opportunities to create an unparalleled learning environment.

Volunteer

WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE DURING YOUR STAY? VOLUNTEER AT GRAND CANYON!

You can help Grand Canyon in a variety of ways, from enhancing visitor services to sharing your specialized expertise to help protect and preserve park resources. Visit volunteer.gov to learn about current volunteer opportunities in Grand Canyon National Park. VEGETATION

Work with the National Park Service’s vegetation program to restore native plant communities and protect the ecological integrity of Grand Canyon National Park. Contact the vegetation program volunteer coordinator at 928-638-7753 for information about potential opportunities and accommodations.

Junior Ranger Grand Canyon National Park and over 250 national parks offer a free Junior Ranger Program. At Grand Canyon, ages four and older can pick up a Junior Ranger booklet at any National Park Service visitor center. Parents, consider making a great memory and become a Junior Ranger with your child; there is no age limit! Available yearround at Phantom Ranch, Indian Garden, and the South Rim; available on the North Rim in the summer only. TO PARTICIPATE

Attend a free park ranger program. Complete four activities for your age group. Bring your completed booklet back to any Grand Canyon visitor center to receive an official Junior Ranger certificate and badge.

nau.edu/Honors/GCS/ prescott.edu/academics/certifications/a-grandcanyon-semester.php

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Outside the National Park Kaibab National Forest

Havasupai Indian Reservation

Surrounding both South and North rims, discover unique experiences in national forests.

Havasupai tribal lands include a large tributary canyon on the south side of the Colorado River, approximately 190 miles (310 km) west of the Village. The reservation lies outside the boundaries of Grand Canyon National Park and is administered by the Tribe. Access the Village of Supai by an 8-mile (13 km) hike or horse ride. To obtain a hiking permit or make reservations at the lodge at Supai:

fs.usda.gov/main/kaibab/home SOUTH RIM

NORTH RIM

Tusayan Ranger District 176 Lincoln Log Loop PO Box 3088 Grand Canyon, Arizona 86023 USA 928-638-2443

North Kaibab Ranger District 430 South Main Street PO Box 248 Fredonia, Arizona 86022 USA 928-643-7395

928-448-2121 Tourist Office 928-441-2111 Lodging havasupai-nsn.gov

Photo courtesy of U.S. Forest Service, Southwestern Region, Kaibab National Forest

The Skywalk at Grand Canyon West Located west of Grand Canyon National Park, this glass walkway protrudes over the rim on the Hualapai Indian Reservation. The Skywalk is a Hualapai tribal business located 250 miles (400 km) from the South Rim, or 90 miles (145 km) from Las Vegas, Nevada. For information or to make reservations: 888-868-9378 or 928-769-2636 grandcanyonwest.com

Photo courtesy of Hualapai Tourism

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Park Partners

Be a Part of Something Grand

You can make a difference at Grand Canyon National Park!

With your help, the Grand Canyon Association (GCA) supports an impressive variety of projects and programs that help ensure all visitors enjoy the awe-inspiring wonder of Grand Canyon. As the park’s official nonprofit partner, GCA cooperates with the National Park Service to operate bookstores in seven locations in the park. Bookstore purchases help fund new exhibits, scientific research, trail restoration, wildlife monitoring, ecological restoration, support for the arts, Junior Ranger and education programs, and historic building preservation.

DISCOVER THE PARK WITH THE GRAND CANYON FIELD INSTITUTE

From hiking and backpacking to yoga and photography, you can participate in education classes throughout the park. Call 866-471-4435 or visit grandcanyon.org/fieldinstitute TAKE GRAND CANYON HOME WITH YOU

Join the Grand Canyon Association today. Members receive exclusive benefits and discounts. For information, visit a GCA bookstore, call toll-free 800-858-2808, or visit grandcanyon.org

Bright Angel Bicycles rents bicycles and serves food near Grand Canyon Visitor Center.

Canyon Trail Rides provides North Rim visitors with mule trips into the canyon.

Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts provides services at Desert View, and operates Yavapai Lodge, Trailer Village, and Canyon Village Market.

Forever Resorts operates the Grand Canyon Lodge, shops, and restaurants on the North Rim.

Grand Canyon Railway serves the city of Williams, Arizona, and the Village on the South Rim.

Xanterra Parks & Resorts provides lodging, dining, transportation services, and shops at Grand Canyon’s South Rim. Et re plitatibus

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