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Grand Canyon Opening Hours and Seasons

Grand Canyon South Rim is open 24 hours a day throughout the year.

North Rim of the Grand Canyon is open from May 15 to October 15.

The North Rim is closed for visitors from October 15 to March 1 due to heavy snowfall and turbulent climatic conditions.

From March 1 to May 15, visitors with a permit can hike through the North Rim.

The Grand Canyon visitor centers have varying timings.

Read further for detailed Grand Canyon opening hours, seasonal changes, Grand Canyon entrance hours, closing times, sunrise and sunset timings and more.

Things to do in Grand Canyon

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Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon South Rim Opening Hours and Seasons

Grand Canyon South Rim opening hours are 24 hours a day, all year round.

The South Rim is more accessible than the North Rim and accounts for 90% of park visitation.

The rest of the park is rugged and remote, although many places are accessible by pack trail and backcountry roads.

South Rim comprises Grand Canyon Village, Desert View, Visitors Centers, Museums and Campgrounds.

Even though the South Rim is open throughout the year, Visitors Centers have specific opening hours.

Camping grounds in South Rim have varying opening hours.

Mather Campground and Trailer Village RV park campgrounds are open throughout the years.

Yet, Desert View Campground is open only from April 15 to October 15.

Campgrounds, hiking trails and lodging facilities need a reservation before visiting.

Grand Canyon North Rim Opening Hours and Seasons

Grand Canyon North Rim
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Compared to South Rim, the North Rim has a higher elevation of 8,300 feet.

Due to the significant snowfall at that height, roads are closed to all vehicles and no visitors from December 1 through May 15.

The Grand Canyon North Rim opening hours are from May 15 to October 15.

After October 15, only backcountry camping and cross-country skiing are allowed in the North Rim.

The North Rim Visitors Center is open from 8 am to 6 pm from 15 May to 15 October.

If you plan to visit during the winter, making reservations before your visit is recommended.

In addition, check the Grand Canyon opening hours on the official site before your visit to find out if any attractions are closed for the day.

Grand Canyon Roads opening hours

The Grand Canyon South Rim roads are open throughout the year.

The North Rims roads are open from May 15 to October 15.

In winter, the North Rim road -Highway 47 is often closed due to snow.

Grand Canyon National Park visitors center hours

There are four visitors center in Grand Canyon.

Their opening hours are as follows:

Visitors CenterOpening hours
The Grand Canyon Visitor Center8 am to 5 pm
Verkamp’s Visitor Center8 am to 6 pm
Desert View Visitor Center and Bookstore9 am to 5 pm
The North Rim Visitor Center8 am to 6 pm (Only from May 15 to October 15)

Grand Canyon sunset and sunrise timings

Many visitors wish to enjoy the Grand Canyon sunset experience when touring the national park.

Knowing the sunrise and sunset timings beforehand is essential for a pleasant visit.

Here are the sunrise and sunset timings of Grand Cayon.

MonthsSunriseSunset
January7.39 am5.25 pm
February7.20 am 5.55 pm
March6.45 am6.30 pm
April6 am6.45 pm
May5.30 am7.15 pm
June5.11 am7.45 pm
July5.15 am 7.45 pm
August5.40 am 7.30 pm
September6 am 6.30 pm
October6.30 am 6 pm
November 7 am 5.20 pm
December7.30 am5.14 pm

Where to watch sunrise and sunset in Grand Canyon?

If you want to watch the sunset and sunrise, head to Grand Canyon viewpoints.

Some of the best view points on the Grand Canyon are:

  • Hopi points on Hermit road
  • Mohave and Pima Points on Hermit Road
  • Along Desert View Drive, Yaki, Navajo and Desert Viewpoints
  • Lipan Point near Desert View Drive
  • Yavapai Point
  • Bright Angel Point in North Rim

Mather and Yaki Points are the best spots to enjoy the sunrise in Grand Canyon.

The best spot in Grand Canyon to enjoy sunsets are Mohave Point, Hopi Point in South Rim and Cape Royal in North Rim.

FAQs

1. Is the Grand Canyon open 24 hours?

Grand Canyon opening hours are 24 hours a day for all 365 days of the year.

However, this implies only the South Rim.

Grand Canyon North Rim is open from May 15 to October 15.

2. What hours are the Grand Canyon open?

Grand Canyon South Rim is open 24 hours a day, and North Rim is open only between May 15 and October 15.

The Grand Canyon Visitors Center is open from 8 am to 5 pm. Verkamps and Desert View Visitors Center is open from 9 am to 5 pm.

The Campgrounds of Grand Canyon South Rim is open throughout the year except for Desert View Campground.

3. When is Grand Canyon closed?

Grand Canyon North Rim is closed for all vehicles and visitors from December 1 to May 15.

Due to the significant snowfall at that height, the North Rim is closed during the winter.

4. Can you visit the Grand Canyon at night?

Yes, Grand Canyon is open at night for visitors.

Visitors can also participate in exciting night activities like stargazing and helicopter tours.

5. When does the grand canyon close for the season?

North Rim Grand Canyon closes during winter due to significant snowfall in the rugged terrain.

The North Rim remains closed from October 15 to May 15.

Vehicles cannot enter the Park through the North entrance from December 1.

6. When is monsoon season in the grand canyon?

The monsoon season in Grand Canyon runs from June 13 to September 30.

However, the Grand Canyon is generally dry and rains twice annually.

Rains are expected during season shifts in winter and late summer.

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