The Ultimate Guide To Grand Canyon National Park - South & North Rim
One of the seven natural wonders of the world, Grand Canyon, does justice to its name. It’s a gigantic deep valley carved by the Colorado River over a period of 6 – 7 million years. There are three main sections to explore in Grand Canyon: North rim, South rim, and West rim (Skywalk). In this article, I will take you through the South and North rim, you can read about the West rim here: The Ultimate Guide to Grand Canyon National Park – West Rim (Skywalk).
The South Rim of Grand Canyon is the most popular and visited rim, and one of the main reasons being it’s accessible throughout the year. Most people either drive to the South rim from: Phoenix – 3 1/2 hours drive, Las Vegas – 4 1/2 hours or Los Angeles – 8 hours drive.
Address: Grand Canyon Visitor Center GPS Lat: 36.059323, Long: -112.109277, Entrance Fee: $30 for single non-commercial vehicle
How To Explore And What To See in South Rim
If you’re visiting during the peak season, I recommend you park your car and take the free shuttles offered by the park. During peak season, it becomes challenging to find parking near vista points, and you would land up spending time and energy in finding parking.
South rim shuttle services:
Red Route (Hermits Rest Route): 80 minutes roundtrip, with busses running every 15 mins, stopping at Trailview Overlook, Maricopa Point, Powell Point, Hopi Point, Mohave Point, Monument Creek Vista, Pima Point and final stop at Hermits Rest.
Orange Route (Kaibab Rim Route): 50 minutes roundtrip, stopping at Yaki Point, Pipe Creek Vista, Mather Point, and Yavapai Geology Museum
Blue Route (Village Route): 50 minutes round trip, stopping at Train depot, Grand Canyon Visitor Center, hotels, restaurants, and campgrounds
The Grand Canyon North Rim is quite remote and located very close to the Utah Border and requires more effort in terms of driving and hiking. Hence only a few visitors make it to the North rim. Moreover, the North rim is seasonal and is accessible from mid-May through mid-September.
Address: GPS Lat: 36.198598, Long: -112.052170, Entrance Fee: $25 for single non-commercial vehicle
The major vista points in North rim are Cape Royal, Point Imperial, and Bright Angel Point.
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