Grand Canyon National Park

The Grand Canyon achieved National Park status in 1919, although it was afforded Federal protection since 1893 as a forest reserve, and later as a National Monument. Only 80 miles northwest of Flagstaff, the Grand Canyon continues to see close to five million visitors each year. The most visited area of the park is Grand Canyon Village on the south rim. This area is listed as a National Historic Landmark District consisting of 257 structures.

There are a variety of ways to experience the Grand Canyon based on each person’s interest. Visitors can travel to the many viewpoints via shuttle bus or commercial buses. There are also information centers, museums and interpretive ranger programs where you may learn more about the canyon and its history. If you are feeling adventurous, take a day hike above the rim, or plan for a camping trip down into the canyon. One of the more famous ways to experience the Grand Canyon and Colorado River is a rafting trip. These trips are offered for varying lengths from many different river running companies.

 

Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park

  • 81 miles north of Flagstaff via Hwys 180 and 64 ·
  • (928) 638-7888

Often described as Earth’s greatest geological showcase, the breathtaking ensemble of colorful rock layers, impressive buttes and shadowed side canyons sets Grand Canyon apart. Enjoy the views, hike a trail, observe the wildlife, watch a sunrise or sunset, or immerse yourself in almost two billion years of geology. The South Rim Village features buildings from…