Grand Canyon Travel Guide


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    The Grand Canyon’s magnificent rock formations make it the most iconic structure in Arizona. It also earned its place in the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The 277 miles of endless rock walls also make it an ideal location for hiking and mountain climbing. Since it is surrounded by bodies of water, su...

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  • Yavapai Lodge

    Found within Grand Canyon National Park,, Yavapai Lodge is conveniently located alongside Lookout Studio, Grand Canyon and Bright Angel Trail. Various other prominent poi...

  • El Tovar Hotel

    Spotted in Grand Canyon National Park,, El Tovar Hotel is a luxury hotel conveniently located nearby Bright Angel Trail, Grand Canyon and Verkamp's Curios. Additional pop...

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About Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon’s magnificent rock formations make it the most iconic structure in Arizona. It also earned its place in the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The 277 miles of endless rock walls also make it an ideal location for hiking and mountain climbing. Since it is surrounded by bodies of water, such as the Havasupai Falls and the Colorado River, many outdoor lovers frequent the place for white water rafting, camping and backpacking.

Grand Canyon Park

The Grand Canyon National Park is the most popular area of the Grand Canyon. It is divided into the North and the South Rim. The latter is more popular of the two, catering to millions of visitors each year. It is more accessible compared to the North Rim and therefore, has more facilities in store for those who would like to visit in the national park.

North Rim

The North Rim is, the less popular of the two garnering only 10% of the total number of visitors to the Grand Canyon. This less developed area has only one lodge and one developed camping ground. Hikers and campers can only stay in the area from the middle of May to middle of October because North Rim is closed for the winter.

Points of interests in the North Rim include the North Rim Visitor Center, Bright Angel Point, Point Imperial and Cape Royal.

Tuweep

Tuweep, also known as Toroweap, is located on the northwest of the Grand Canyon. It has an Overlook 914 meters above the Colorado River. The area is protected and well-preserved, therefore, improvements are kept to a minimum.

South Rim

South Rim, meanwhile, is open all year. Almost 90% of visitors flock towards the South Rim part of the Grand Canyon. There are free shuttle buses that bring visitors to the area.

One part of South Rim is the Grand Canyon Village. There are three points of interest inside the village – The Visitor Center and Mather Point, Market Plaza and The Historic District.

The Grand Canyon Visitor Center provides the most detailed information about the park as well as the different activities one can do there.

The Market Plaza is the central business district of the village. It has a general store, cafeteria, deli, gift store and a large parking area. From the Market Plaza, one can visit the Yavapai Museum of Geology which is one mile away from the plaza. From the Market Plaza, one can access the Historic District through the Greenway Trail.

The Historic District includes several historic buildings and infrastructures such as the Hopi House, Train Depot, Kolb Studio, Mary Colter’s Lookout Studio and the Varkamp’s Visitor Center.

East Rim Drive

The East Rim Drive is continuous with the Grand Canyon Village. It actually forms part of the South Rim. The East Rim can be reached 26 miles to the east of the village. From there, one can find the Desert View Watchtower, South Rim’s highest point. Three miles to the east of Desert View is the Tusayan Ruin and Museum.

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