Once you get to the Grand Canyon there are many different ways you can get around to all of the sections. Most of the overlooks are accessible by car, but some you will have to park the car and take a brief hike to get to the best views on the Canyon. You can also get around bus transportation or enjoy a private tour, which will include transportation with the tour. Bicycles are also a great way to get around the canyon and see the sites.
Here are some tips to help you navigate around the Grand Canyon:
The South Rim is easy to navigate. There are signs everywhere that tell you where to go and places to stop for overlooks and picnic spots. It is easy to start at one end of this rim and make you way across to the other side. Keep in mind that some overlooks are busier than others and you might have to drive around the parking lot a couple of times before finding a spot.
There are free shuttle buses that run all year long at the Grand Canyon’s South Rim. Save money on gas and enjoy this free service that will take you from the Grand Canyon Village to the gateway community of Tusayan (from late May through late September). Tickets are not necessary to ride the shuttle buses. Just look for the signs throughout the park and you will find the shuttle bus you need.
Rim-to-rim shuttle service is available only when the North Rim is open for the season (May 15-October 15). Though this is an option, making it possible to get to the one rim when you are staying at the other one. It is a long ride and can take up to 4.5 hours just to travel one way.
Shuttle service within the North Rim is available from May 15 through October 15 and is referred to as the Grand Canyon Lodge Hiker Shuttle. This shuttle goes to the North Kaibab Trailhead at 5:45 a.m. and 7:10 a.m. You can call the front desk of the lodge to reserve your space on the shuttle.
Most of what you want to see and experience at the Grand Canyon on foot. There are many major trails that will take you throughout most the National Park. The Rim Trail runs from Pipe Creek Vista through the Grand Canyon Village and then out to Hermit’s Rest along the South Rim. The North Kaibab Trail will take you on an adventure through the North Rim.
Guided tours are also available throughout the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. These tours will take you to some of the best places to explore the canyon and offer some insight into the history of it. Popular guided tours at the South Rim of the canyon include Xanterra Parks & Resorts and Concessioner Transportation Decks. There are also guided tours available through the park service, including river rafting and mule rides that are a must if you are looking for more of an adventure at the Grand Canyon.
Taxi service is available to and from the Grand Canyon, as well as to the trail heads and other area destinations. Those needing mobility assistance can use the on-call paratransit service by calling (928) 638-0591. This service offers accessible shuttle buses for those needing assistance during their visit to the South Rim.
Getting around the Grand Canyon is a rather simple task. Plus with so many different options, you can easily find your way from one end of the South Rim to the other and back and forth to the North Rim. No matter how you plan to get around the Grand Canyon, you will find that you have so many options available to you when trying to navigate your way to all of the different overlooks, picnic areas and tourist attractions.