A powerful and inspiring landscape, Grand Canyon overwhelms our senses through its immense size. Unique combinations of geologic color and erosional forms decorate a canyon that is 277 river miles long, up to 18 miles wide, and a mile deep.
Nearly five million people see the Grand Canyon each year. Most of them (90%) see it from the park's free shuttle buses or from their car at overlooks along the South Rim. The South Rim includes: historic Grand Canyon Village, Hermit Road, and Desert View Drive. The South Rim is open all year.
The North Rim, averaging 8,000 feet above sea level, rises 1,000 feet higher than the South Rim, and because of its remote location, is much less accessible than the South Rim. The North Rim has a short season. Lodging and restaurants are open from May 15 through October 15 each year.