Getting Around Grand Canyon
The best way to get around the Grand Canyon is by shuttle bus. Operated by the National Park Service, these shuttles will take you all around the South Rim for no cost whatsoever. If you're visiting the North Rim, a car will be the most convenient option, but make sure to check the park's website for listed road closures. Getting to the area can be trickier; of the numerous airports, many travelers choose to fly into Phoenix's Sky Harbor International (PHX) or Las Vegas' McCarran International Airport (LAS). Amtrak trains, tour buses and car rentals are all available from both Phoenix and Las Vegas. To land closer to the canyon, consider flying into Pulliam Airport (FLG) in Flagstaff, Ariz., about 80 miles from the South Rim. Trains, buses and car rentals are available here as well.
The South Rim shuttle operates three routes, stopping at major attractions along the rim. Shuttles (which are white with a green stripe and display the route name on the front panel) run every 15 to 30 minutes and are free of charge. On the North Rim, the Hiker Shuttle connects the Grand Canyon Lodge to the North Kaibab Trail head. The Hiker Shuttle runs twice daily in the morning, and rides cost $8 for one person and $5 for each additional person. Tickets are available at the Grand Canyon Lodge. There is also the Trans-Canyon Shuttle, which connects the South and North Rim. Fare is about $80 one way and $150 round-trip.
|On Foot||Many of this destination's top attractions can be found along major trails. To get the best of the South Rim, try the Rim Trail, which runs from Pipe Creek Vista through the Grand Canyon Village and out to Hermit's Rest. Or follow the Bright Angel Trail for a deeper look at the canyon (just watch out for the donkeys). If you're looking to explore the North Rim, try the North Kaibab Trail.|
|Grand Canyon Railway||
The scenic Grand Canyon Railway runs between the Grand Canyon Village and Williams Ariz., which is about 60 miles one-way. Trains depart from Williams at 9:30 a.m. and from Grand Canyon Village at around 3:30 p.m. Many visitors agree that this is a fun, unique way to experience the park, but you can expect to pay a fair amount for a ride. Rates range from about $70 to $190 round trip.
|Car||Although having a car can be convenient, especially if you're exploring more remote parts of the park like Havasu Falls, be prepared to pay an extra fee at the park entrance. If you are visiting during the summer, you'll have better luck finding parking if you get there early. If you're planning a winter trip, check the Grand Canyon website for any road closures. You can rent a car at any of the airports servicing the canyon.|