- By Kevin
- On Jun 15, 2017
- North America
- Travel Tips
How to plan a Grand Canyon trip? If you're the first-time visitor, you may need the Grand Canyon travel guides to take you look around. And here's the tntroduction to Grand Canyon National Park.
Around five million people each year see the 1 mile deep (1.6 km) Grand Canyon each year. The canyon is 277 river miles (446km) long, and up to 18 miles (29km) wide.
Most visitors (90%) see Grand Canyon from the "South Rim" from overlooks accessed by free park shuttle buses or by their personal vehicles. The South Rim is open all year.
A much smaller number of people (10%) see the canyon from the North Rim of the park, which lies just 10 miles (16 km) across the canyon from the South Rim, (as the California condor flies) but is a 220 mile/ 354 km drive by car. The North Rim has a short season. Lodging and food services are open between May 15th and October 15th of each year.
The South Rim
The South Rim is the most accessible part of the park and it is open all year. Elevations average 7000 feet (2134 m) above sea level.
The South Rim includes:
Historic Grand Canyon Village, reached by driving and served by Grand Canyon Railway.
Scenic Hermit Road and Hermits Rest (7 miles/ 11.2 km) west of Grand Canyon Village
Desert View Drive and Desert View (25 miles/ 41 km) east of Grand Canyon Village
The South Rim is open all year.
The North Rim
Averaging 8000 feet/ 2438 m above sea level, rises 1000 feet/ 305 m higher than the South Rim, and because of its remote location, is less accessible than the South Rim.
The North Rim opens for the 2017 season on Monday, May 15, 2017.
You can make reservations now for North Rim lodging, restaurants, and camping.