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Top 10 tips for visiting Grand Canyon Park

The Grand Canyon is one of the world’s seven natural wonders and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

Visiting Grand Canyon National Park can be a thrilling and unforgettable experience.

However, a visit without planning could be overwhelming and dangerous.

Hence here are the top 10 tips for visiting Grand Canyon Park to make the most of your tour.

Best Grand Canyon tours and tickets
# Grand Canyon South Rim guided tour
# Grand Canyon South Rim tour with Lunch 
# Grand Canyon Guided Sunset Hummer Tour 
# Grand Canyon helicopter ride and optional Hummer tour

Things to do in Grand Canyon
Get your backpacks ready for
Grand Canyon National Park

1. Be informed before your trip:

Research the place you are visiting and plan your visit to Grand Canyon appropriately.

Know about the safety measures, the best time to visit, the best tour tickets and more before the visit. 

Remember to check about temporary closures and modified operations on the official website. 

The North Rim remains closed from October 15 to March 15 for winter. 

Due to unforeseen climatic conditions and sudden rock falls, some parts of the Canyon might be closed to visitors.  Be sure to check in advance. 

2. Accommodation

Grand Canyon is one of the most visited places in the country, so it is advisable to plan well in advance. 

For tourists planning to camp in Grand Canyon, primitive and developed campgrounds are available across both the South and North Rim. 

In addition to campgrounds, a range of lodges are available, and all of these are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

Reservations for accommodation start 13 months in advance and get occupied quickly. 

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3. Traffic

Arrive before 9.30 am or after 4 pm to avoid the long lines during fall and summer weekends.

The road system through the Grand Canyon is limited, and there may be more visitors than the road system can handle during peak season.

If you plan to drive the famous South Rim Drive, try entering the park through the East Entrance at Desert View and drive clockwise. It will put you ahead of the majority of the traffic.

Traffic
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4. Parking

Plan your stops and know where you can park. Parking is limited at the most popular spots and can fill quickly.

Always park on the pavement, as parking off the road in grass or other vegetation can cause a fire due to the heat from a car’s undercarriage. 

Remember that the parking lots around the Visitor Center Plaza tend to fill up by noon.

If you’re visiting for the day in an RV or towing a trailer, there are three parking lots with large pull-through spaces as below:

1. Lot 1 (Grand Canyon Visitor Center) RV Parking Filling Up by 10:00 am

2. Lot B (Market Plaza) RV Parking Filling Up by Noon

3. Lot D (Backcountry Information Center in Village) RV Parking Filling Up by 2:00 pm

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5. Respect wildlife and stay safe

It is strictly prohibited to approach, feed or pet any animal in Grand Canyon. 

Know more about wildlife safety and safety measures for particular animals like Elk, Bison and more before you visit.

6. Overnight camping

Overnight trips and camping are an immersive way to experience Grand Canyon, but remember that you need a Backcountry permit. 

Get a permit from the Backcountry Information Center if you plan to camp anywhere in the park that isn’t a developed campground in the South Rim or the North Rim. 

Applications are submitted up to 4 months in advance to increase the chances of getting a permit.

7. Hike smart

The Grand Canyon can be dangerous to hike during the hot summer. It is essential to stay hydrated and well-prepared.

To avoid extreme heat, plan hikes outside the time frame between 10 am and 4 pm, as temperatures in the summer can reach as high as 115 °F (46 °C).

Sudden flash floods and rock slides are possible and should be watched out for. 

The bottom of the Grand Canyon at Phantom Ranch is at 2460 feet, 4800 feet lower than the South Rim and 5000 feet lower than the North Rim. 

This difference in altitude causes a temperature change of 25 degrees between the rims. 

Hike smart
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8. Essential items to pack

While planning to visit Grand Canyon, make sure you carry all necessary items like water, electrolytes, food, sunscreen, sunglasses, water bottle, protective clothing and medicine.

9. Protect yourself and your group

Read all the safety guidelines before planning your visit to Grand Canyon.

Watch out for all members of the group, especially children, while on tour. 

Ensure you stay 6 feet (2 meters) away from the edge of the Rim.

Stay on the designated trails and walkways, and do not climb over any barrier or railing. 

10. Book your tickets and tours in advance

Grand Canyon welcomes almost 5 million visitors annually, making it one of the most visited national parks in the world. 

Book your tours and tickets online for the best trip to Grand Canyon. 

Online tickets to Grand Canyon are easy to book, reliable and secure your entry to the park.

FAQs

1. What do I need to know before visiting the Grand Canyon?

2. How many days do you need to explore the Grand Canyon?

The days required to tour the Grand Canyon depend on your preferred activities. 

We suggest tourists spend two days exploring Grand Canyon South Rim and one day visiting the North and West Rim.

3. What should you not do at the Grand Canyon?

One of the most important things to remember when visiting the Grand Canyon is the safety guidelines. 

In Grand Canyon, ensure you know your surroundings and watch out for your group. 

Do not approach wild animals, jump or climb over barricades.

4. What are the five things to do in Grand Canyon?

When visiting Grand Canyon, you must: 
– Visit South Rim
– Tour the visitor center and Grand Canyon Village
– Take a helicopter tour
– Take a hiking trail to the best viewpoints in Grand Canyon 
– Try the most adventurous white river rafting

5. How do you stay safe at the Grand Canyon?

All visitors must follow the safety guidelines for Grand Canyon

Maintain 6 feet distance from the edge of the Rim. 

Do not climb walls, fences or any barricades. 

Tourists should learn more about animal safety and stay 100 feet from wild animals.

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