The Grand Canyon is pretty true to the name — a canyon that is, in my opinion, pretty grand. The intensity of how massive the canyon is can really only be understood by seeing it first-hand. Pictures don’t do this canyon justice, and when you set foot next to the edges of it, you will realize why.
What can you do at the Grand Canyon?
Taking the shuttle buses: These free shuttle buses are available on the South Rim. The buses are based on colored routes, blue, red, orange, and purple. The blue and orange routes are open year round and show the main attractions of the park; including the visitors center, lodge room and campgrounds, and show beautiful scenic views of the canyon. The red route is usually in service from March till about the end of November; this allows you access to Hermit road. The purple route is a park and ride… which is really nice, especially when it’s busy season for the park. This route is in service from march till the end of September.
Camping: Both the North and South rim allow for camping, but remember that the North rim is only seasonal and South rim is open yearly. There are four campgrounds located in the park and all fill up relatively quickly. Only Trailer Village campground has RV hookups, so if you are traveling with an RV, this is the only place that has full hooks-ups in the park. Desert View Campground and North Rim campgrounds are also seasonal and will be available from early spring till late fall. If campsites are not of interest, there is lodging also available.
Backpacking: The trails present beautiful views of the inner canyon when explored on. Always, it is important to become familiar and knowledgable about the trails before proceeding on your adventures. Remember, this is the desert so come prepared by knowing the weather and what resources you may need. If unsure, the NPS website will always have updates about the backpacking country. When camping anywhere other than a developed campground, a permit is required. These permits can be obtained at the Backcountry Information Canter. Information about the restrictions for the permit is located on the NPS website, as well.
Ranger Programs: Attend a ranger program to learn a vast amount of information about the Grand Canyon. Schedules for the programs are based upon the season, so make sure to log on to the website for more definite times. Junior ranger programs are also available.
River Trips: There are many opportunities to spend some time on the river through the Grand Canyon. Depending on how many days you would like to be out, there are different options to choose from. Permits are required and can be obtained through the River Permits Office.
If you have not gone to the Grand Canyon yet, I’d highly recommend putting this at the top of your “To-Do” list. The views are fantastic and it is worth the trip.
“I don’t believe that anyone can see the Grand Canyon area for themselves and not know that we have to do everything we can to protect it for future generations.” -Nolan Gould