What You Need to Know Before Visiting the Grand Canyon in Arizona

Famous all over the world, The Grand Canyon in Arizona has one of the most beautiful and scenic views. Did you know that this tourist attraction is naturally made? It was created from various natural geological activities and erosion, a breathtaking fact that you will appreciate it more. Planning to visit the Grand Canyon in Arizona? Here’s a travel guide to make you informed and prepare before you actually go there.

Getting There

The Grand Canyon at Arizona Grand Canyon Arizona Travel Guide
The Grand Canyon at Arizona

The Grand Canyon is located near the Colorado River in the state of Arizona. Maps for directions can be downloaded from the official National Park Service website, where trail guides are also available. A day before your actual trip, make sure to plan the way ahead as there could be seasonal road closures. There are also free shuttle buses that will depend on the season and location. These buses have interconnecting routes throughout the popular sites of the Grand Canyon National Park and do not overlap between them.

It is also important to know that the Grand Canyon National Park is divided into the North Rim that is only open for a specific duration in a year, while the South Rim is open all year round.

Staying at The Park

The Grand Canyon welcomes visitors that have an RV
The Grand Canyon welcomes visitors that have an RV

The Grand Canyon welcomes visitors that have an RV (Recreational Vehicle) where it can be parked in specific areas only. However, it is highly suggested to have a reservation to ensure your slot. The same goes for lodging and camping. If you forgot to bring food and some essentials, there are available restaurants and general stores in specific locations. A pay-at-the-pump service station can be found on the Desert View Drive of the park.

Things to do

The South Kaibab Trail at Cedar Ridge
The South Kaibab Trail at Cedar Ridge

One of the most famous things to do in the Grand Canyon is The Trail of Time. It is a long paved walk that showcases the geologic history of the Grand Canyon. This will provide more information about the park and the rock formations that have happened through the years. The starting point can be found in the Yavapai Geology Museum and may take up to one hour when you try to go through all of the different portals.

With the use of technology, the Grand Canyon National Park now offers an Audio tour. Download the self-guided audio tours from the National Park Service App. It is currently available to iOS and Android devices as of writing. Just make sure to toggle the ‘Save this park for offline use button to ensure that it will work even without an internet connection in the park. You can also enjoy listening to them in the comfort of your own home.

Ranger programs are available in the different areas of the park. Just make sure to check them on the visitor centers to get more information. As additional information, hiking may not be permitted depending on the weather or certain situations where it could be dangerous.


Sign "Extreme caution, watch for falling rocks" at the Grand Canyon
Sign “Extreme caution, watch for falling rocks” at the Grand Canyon

The surrounding areas of the Grand Canyon National Park are a natural shelter for elks, an animal that is a member of the deer family. It can be dangerous as they can chase or kick you when they feel threatened. Once you see one, it is recommended to stay at least 100 feet away from them and walk back slowly. Remember that feeding the wildlife is illegal in the park.

Since the Grand Canyon is a high location, lightning can occur in the area during bad weather. Before visiting, it is suggested to check the weather or follow necessary cautions and commands given by officials of the park. If you are in an open area where there is no shelter, avoid other people and do not touch any metal objects. Squat on your balls of feet, heels touching, head down, and hands covering ears.

Accessibility Information

Aeriel View of the Grand Canyon
Aeriel View of the Grand Canyon

People of Determination can also enjoy the sights of the Grand Canyon. Shuttle buses are equipped with ramps and enough room to transport wheelchair-bound customers, but they should not be larger than 30 inches wide and 48 inches long. Visitors may also get a Scenic Drive Accessibility Permit on the entrance gates and visitor centers for those who have mobility issues. A copy of the accessibility guide can be obtained from some of the visitor centers in the park.

The Grand Canyon is more than just a tourist destination, you can create memories that you and your family will cherish. Just like any national state park, always proceed with caution and be well informed before visiting them.


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