- By kevin
- On May 22, 2018
- North America
- Travel Tips
Since it's really too far from Phoenix to do as a single day trip, you'd better to arrange more time to stay there. Or you can drive yourself and tour it yourself with our travel guides. You'll get all the guide info you need when you enter the Globerouter.com website. Allow about 4-5 hours for the drive depending on where you start from in PHX.
Visit Grand Canyon South Rim from Phoenix:
Once you enter the South Rim of the park, you'll see Grand Canyon Village, which holds the park headquarters and visitor center, the historic El Tovar Hotel, and a handful of local restaurants. You can explore the canyon from here using either West Rim Drive (Hermit Road) or Desert View Drive. Both are accessible by shuttle and private cars, except from March to November, when only shuttle buses are allowed. Desert View Drive follows the South Rim of the canyon for 26 miles, offering views of the canyon's rock formations. Yaki Point and Grandview Point are popular panoramic lookouts along the drive.
For a nice hike that affords great views of the canyon, walk along the Rim Trail, an easy, paved 12-mile trip that can be hiked at length or in short segments, and is accessible via the South Rim heading westward. In the summer and at various points along the trail, you can hop on the free South Rim shuttle bus.
You can also follow the Bright Angel Trail (on foot or by mule) from the Grand Canyon Village down into the canyon. This 12-mile round-trip trail offers close-up views of the Colorado River and the chance to experience the Grand Canyon from below.
When to visit the Grand Canyon?
The best times to visit the Grand Canyon are March through May and September through November when daytime temperatures are cool and the crowds are thin. If you decide to visit during the summer (the park's peak season), be prepared for hordes of tourists and very limited lodging availability. You can find deals on hotels during the winter, but much of the park (including the entire North Rim) closes after the first snowfall. The South Rim is open year-round.