Explore Grand Canyon: its hiking, natural setting, sunrises, and more!

Carved millions of years ago by the Colorado River and natural geological processes, the Grand Canyon’s stark beauty, rusty, desert colors and glorious sunsets pull tourists from across the globe. For Las Vegas visitors, this national treasure is a manageable overnight trip at about 227 miles (365 kilometers) from the city.

The canyon’s easily accessible south rim is the most popular spot with visitors. Much of the Grand Canyon National Park’s infrastructure is based here, including the Canyon View Information Plaza, which includes the Grand Canyon Visitor Center. Here you’ll find helpful guides, brochures, audiovisual displays and interactive features about the area’s fascinating history, geology and wildlife. Hop on the free shuttle bus (cost included in the entry fee to the national park) to visit other museums and viewpoints around the south rim.

Although it’s difficult to tear your eyes away from the canyon’s swooping vistas, a hike below the rim will give you a greater sense of the landscape’s beauty. Canyon hikes bring you closer to prehistoric plant life and the corrosive power of the Colorado River, which stripped back layer upon layer of rock over millions of years.

For a bird’s-eye view, several companies offer chartered helicopter flights over the south rim and the less accessible north and west rims. From the sky, you’ll get a true sense of the canyon’s phenomenal size, rugged terrain and magnificent colors. If you’re lucky, you may even spot a coyote or California condor. Temperatures often dip once the sun goes down, but the sunset is not to be missed.

Many visitors choose to spend the night in order to spend two days at the Canyon. Accommodation within and near the national park ranges from comfortable hotels and rustic lodges to quaint cabins and campsites. For those who prefer not to drive, bus and helicopter tours depart Las Vegas regularly.

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Hiking, Nature and Tours

Top Hotels in Grand Canyon

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Red Feather Lodge
Red Feather Lodge
3 out of 5
300 State Route 64, Grand Canyon, AZ
$86
per night
Oct 28 - Oct 29
4/5Very Good! (7,390 reviews)

"Nice and convenient place to stay when hiking at Grand Canyon. There is an excellent restaurant opposite it with melt in the mouth beef steak"…"

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2019

Red Feather Lodge
Yavapai Lodge - Inside the Park
Yavapai Lodge - Inside the Park
2 out of 5
11 Yavapai Lodge Road, PO Box 159, Grand Canyon, AZ
$119
per night
Nov 3 - Nov 4
4/5Very Good! (5,149 reviews)

"Very comfortable---liked that it was not as busy as the Village"…"

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2019

Yavapai Lodge - Inside the Park
Best Western Premier Grand Canyon Squire Inn
Best Western Premier Grand Canyon Squire Inn
3 out of 5
74 State Route 64, Grand Canyon, AZ
$110
per night
Oct 28 - Oct 29
4.1/5Very Good! (5,462 reviews)

"Very conveniently located just outside the south rim entrance."…"

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2019

Best Western Premier Grand Canyon Squire Inn

Popular things to do in Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon National Park
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Grand Canyon National Park

5/5(1,341 reviews)

Explore Grand Canyon National Park, a favorite green space in Grand Canyon Village, and also enjoy the area's hiking trails. Discover the area's beautiful sunsets and top-notch restaurants.

Meteor Crater
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Meteor Crater

4.5/5(91 reviews)

Study a massive impact crater, created by a meteorite in the northern Arizona desert that hit earth about 50,000 years ago.

Mather Point
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Mather Point

5/5(879 reviews)

Enjoy the beautiful sunsets and explore Mather Point, a favorite green space in Grand Canyon Village. Discover the area's top-notch restaurants or seek out the hiking trails.

Lowell Observatory
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Lowell Observatory

4.5/5(386 reviews)

This observatory is famous for discovering the dwarf planet Pluto and features many educational activities, historic telescopes and events for visitors.

Humphreys Peak
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Humphreys Peak

4.5/5(284 reviews)

Arizona’s highest mountain soars out of the Coconino National Forest and the hiking trail that leads to its summit passes by tundra, wildflowers and volcanic peaks.

Bearizona
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Bearizona

4.5/5(381 reviews)

Observe many native North American animals, including black bears, bison and Rocky Mountain goats, in this wildlife park in Arizona.

Top activities in Grand Canyon

Multi-Stop Grand Canyon South Rim Tour
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Multi-Stop Grand Canyon South Rim Tour

$99

The first stop is at The Hoover Dam where you can take fantastic pictures thanks to its wonderful views. Your trip continues with pleasant landscapes until you reach your next destination, a comfort stop near Kingman, Arizona.

Full-Day Grand Canyon South Rim Bus Tour
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Full-Day Grand Canyon South Rim Bus Tour

$89

Explore one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World on a tour of the Grand Canyon that evokes both awe and inspiration. From Las Vegas, traverse the South Rim as you gaze down into the largest and deepest part of the Canyon, hike through spectacular natural landscapes, and enjoy snacks during stops on the fabled Route 66.

Multi-Stop Grand Canyon West Rim Bus Tour
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Multi-Stop Grand Canyon West Rim Bus Tour

$119

On the way to Grand Canyon West, we will first stop at The Hoover Dam for a fantastic photo opportunity. Included in the price is entry to Grand Canyon West. We do not charge any additional taxes or fees like other companies do.

Grand Canyon West Rim Bus Tour
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Grand Canyon West Rim Bus Tour

$129

Experience the majesty of the American Southwest on a guided tour to the Grand Canyon's West Rim. With a drive through desert landscapes flecked with Joshua trees and stops at impressive sights like Hoover Dam, Eagle Point, and Guano Point, this day trip is sure to awaken your inner nature lover.

Grand Canyon Picnic with Limo, Landing & Champagne
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Grand Canyon Picnic with Limo, Landing & Champagne

$439

Fly out from the heart of Las Vegas for champagne and light snacks amid the incredible scenery of the Grand Canyon. You’re treated to aerial views of the Hoover Dam, Colorado River, and Las Vegas Strip before descending 3,200 feet (975 m) deep in the canyon.

Museum of Northern Arizona Admission
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Museum of Northern Arizona Admission

$12

Visit: Museum of Northern Arizona, 3101 N Fort Valley Rd, Flagstaff, AZ 86001-8348 This museum will inspire a sense of love and responsibility for the beauty and diversity of the Colorado Plateau through collecting, studying, interpreting, and preserving the region’s natural and cultural heritage.

Reviews of Grand Canyon

4.8

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 13, 2019

The buses make getting from point to point easy. Park at The Village rather than at the information Center.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 12, 2019

Grand Canyon visitors center has an excellent film presentation of canyon formation. Excellent paths and views of the canyon. Canyon bus transportation is excellent. Wildlife in the park was good to see. Wish we had more time to visit.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 12, 2019

The helicopter ride, well worth the cost

5/5 - Excellent

Vik

Oct 12, 2019

Breathtaking!!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 12, 2019

Remember to plan your hiking appropriately based on your fitness level.. Allow enough time (typically twice as much to descend) to hike out of Canyon. Always take appreciate head lighting just in case you find yourself existing at night.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 11, 2019

Absolutely spectacular. I have been many, many times and it's never a bad day in the Grand Canyon.

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