The Grand Canyon can be an utterly transcendent experience even for those who never delve beyond the scenic viewpoints. The immensity of the canyon’s scale, the intensity of its colors, and the shadows at sunrise and sunset all scream for superlatives.
As the “ultimate American travel destination”, the Grand Canyon has hundreds of tourist alternatives. Of course you cannot just walk in and see it, there are fees for everything:
- $25 entrance by private car
- $12 by foot or bike
And then the price of the tour you choose, if you choose any.
There are two ways to approach the Canyon: the remote North Rim and the more accessible (and therefore more crowded) South Rim. Both areas have several options for camping, as well as hotels and restaurants. Expect all of these facilities to be overflowing with visitors during the busy summer season.
Things to do in Grand Canyon
- Hiking tour
Hiking is the most popular and accessible activity within the park. Riding a mule down into the canyon is a time-honored park tradition. Rides are offered year-round from the South Rim along the Bright Angel and South Kaibab Trails. Guided raft trips down the Colorado often sell out a year in advance.
- Sky Walk tour
With $80 per person “The Grand Canyon Skywalk” is the glass bridge offering highest vertical drop. You won’t be allowed to take a camera with you but you will have a chance to pay another $20 for the one they’ll take of you.
- Helicopter ride tour
Helicopters take off from Las Vegas, Boulder City, Flagstaff, Sedona, Phoenix or from Grand Canyon’s private airport. These are the main companies that provide helicopter rides in Grand Canyon:
Prices range from $200 to $400. There are so many different tours and opinions that there should be a entire post for this!
- Other tours
There are lots of different tours and combinations: mule ride, bike trails, bus tour, boat tour, picnic, Hualapai representations, etc. You can find more information here.
Other things to do in Grand Canyon
- Desert View from the historic Watchtower.
- Havasupai and Hualapai Native American Reservations.
- Star gazing.
- Imax movie “Grand Canyon, the Hidden Secrets” ($12.81)