Grand Canyon South Rim: Open All Year
Each year, thousands of people come from all over the world to see the amazing 1 mile deep (1.6 km) Grand Canyon. Complete information on the National Park is available on the Grand Canyon National Park website. The South Rim is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. All visitor services: camping, lodging, and restaurants are available year round. The South Rim is the most accessible part of the park and is open all year.
Getting around is easy – most of them see it from their car at overlooks along the South Rim (this includes Grand Canyon Village, Hermits Rest, and Desert View) A free shuttle bus system operates from the Grand Canyon Village area that takes visitors to viewpoints all along the South Rim. A courtesy shuttle also connects Tusayan to the South Rim Village seasonally.
The Inner Canyon includes everything below the rim and is seen mainly by hikers, mule riders, river runners, or by air in a helicopter or tour airplane. There are many opportunities here for adventurous and hardy people who want to backpack, ride a mule to Phantom Ranch, or take a river trip through the Canyon on the Colorado River.
Entrance to the park is $30.00 per private vehicle; $15.00 per pedestrian or cyclist. Admission is for seven days and includes both rims. The $80.00 America the Beautiful interagency pass provides entrance into all National Park Service areas. U.S. citizens who are 62 or older can obtain a lifetime Senior Pass for $10.00 allowing free entrance to the parks. Fees collected support projects in the park. Entrance passes are available at the park entrance stations and in Tusayan at the IMAX Theatre, RP’s Stage Stop, Best Western Squire Inn, Red Feather Lodge, Grand Canyon Trading Post, and the Canyon Plaza Resort. CLICK HERE for complete National Park fee information.
Park concessionaires and the National Park Service attempt to provide accessible options in all facilities. With the age of some of the buildings, this can be a challenge. The Accessibility Guide provides information about many of the public buildings in the park. Obtain a copy online here, or at any visitor center. TDD calls for park information should be directed to (928) 638-7805
Pets are allowed in the park, but they must be restrained at all times. Leashed pets are allowed on South Rim trails throughout the developed areas, but not below the rim, in park lodging, or on park shuttle buses. Exceptions are made for certified service animals. People wishing to take a service animal below the rim must check in first at the Backcountry Information Center. A kennel on the South Rim handles day and overnight stays, reservations suggested; call (928) 638-0534.