Hey there! Are you ready to plan an unforgettable trip to the Grand Canyon?! Encompassing miles and miles of the most spectacular display of erosion anywhere on the planet, this park is absolutely inspiring — and I can’t wait to help you enjoy every minute of your vacation!
One look into this magnificent and massive chasm in the earth’s crust is all it takes to discover what beauty truly is. As a young girl seeing the canyon for the first time, I felt as though my heart would beat right out of my chest! Even now, that same feeling of complete amazement washes over me every time I visit….and it never gets old!
There is so much to do. You may have already looked at a map and been a little overwhelmed — and eager to make sure that you don’t miss the best sights.
I’m a former park ranger, and I’ll help you plan your vacation down to the tiny details. I’ve extensively explored Grand Canyon National Park and am here to help! Whether this is your first visit or if you are returning after many years and would like to be reintroduced to the park, this list of 12 things is for you.
What You Need to Know
- The park is 277 river miles long, a mile deep, and 18 miles wide — it’s a big place with lots to do (and a lot of crowds)! For the best experience, get an early start to your day and have a solid plan — like this detailed itinerary.
- Grand Canyon National Park includes both the North and the South Rims. The East and West Rims are not part of the national park, as well as the popular Havasu Canyon, so they have not been included in this list.
- Numerous hiking trails converge and overlap in this park, so you don’t want to be caught hiking without a map. This is the map I use and recommend for Grand Canyon National Park.
- Reserve a room at least one year in advance if you plan on staying in one of the Grand Canyon’s eight lodges — they get snatched up fast! Otherwise, numerous options are available just outside of the park at each entrance.
- With only three front-country campgrounds, you can imagine that competition for campsites is fierce. Be sure to learn all about camping in Grand Canyon National Park if you plan on camping in the park.
- The Grand Canyon has 19 in-park restaurants, so you’ll want to research which places require you to make reservations a few months in advance.
Traffic and crowding at the Grand Canyon can be terrible.
Did you know that it’s common to wait an hour or more to enter the park or catch the shuttle?
Are you hoping to see the best sights without getting stuck in traffic, circling parking lots, or being surrounded by people?
Stay ahead of the crowds with this Grand Canyon Itinerary. You will see all of the can’t-miss spots, plus get lodging and dining guides, driving directions, and insider tips!
I’ll make sure that you don’t miss the sights that make this park so famous, but I also want to provide a few treasures that are off-the-beaten-path as well. Let the adventure begin!
Click NEXT to see this awesome list of 12 things you can’t miss on your first visit to the Grand Canyon.
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