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Grand Canyon National Park
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The South Rim: Open All Year

The South Rim is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. All visitor services: camping, lodging, and restaurants are available year round. Reservations are strongly recommended during the busy summer season. Some facilities are closed during the winter.

A free shuttle bus system operates in the Grand Canyon Village area. Make your visit easier by parking your car at the Visitor Center and using the free shuttle buses to get around the village.

Bus Routes, Parking Lots

Spring 2011
South Rim Village Transit Map
(623 kb PDF File)
March 1 - May 27, 2011
Spring Guide Newspaper (3.24 MB PDF)
The average distance across the canyon “as the condor flies” is ten miles (16 km). However, traveling from the North Rim to the South Rim requires a five-hour drive of 215 miles (345 km).

The North Rim: Mid-May to Mid-October

North Rim  Lodging and camping along with all other visitor services and facilities are only open from mid-May to mid-October. Reservations are strongly recommended. Additional facilities are available in the surrounding Kaibab National Forest, the Kaibab Lodge area, and Jacob Lake.
North Rim Overview Map

North Rim Overview

North Rim Overview
(266kb PDF file)

2010 Season N Rim Guide Newspaper

During winter months, the road to the North Rim, Highway 67, is often closed due to snow. After the close of visitor facilities in mid-October, there may be a period when the North Rim is open for day use only. (before the snow comes) During this time there are no services or overnight facilities available inside the park. The road from Jacob Lake to the North Rim (Highway 67) is subject to closure due to snow with little or no notice during this interval and then remains closed until mid-May. 
Read more about off-season visits to the North Rim.
2011 Grand Canyon Trip Planner Newspaper
2011 Grand Canyon Trip Planner
A handy source of information/ maps (2.0MB PDF File)
front cover of 2011 Grand Canyon S. Rim Spring Guide
2011 Grand Canyon Spring Guide.
For S. Rim visits between March 1, and May 27, 2011.
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Did You Know?
The Cambrian seas of the Grand Canyon were home to several kinds of trilobite, whose closest living relative is the modern horsehoe crab. They left their fossil record in the mud of the Bright Angel Shale over 500 million years ago.

Last Updated: March 01, 2011 at 10:00 EST