Grand Canyon isn’t just spectacular — it’s one of the seven natural wonders of the world, along with Mount Everest in Nepal, Victoria Falls in Zambia/Zimbabwe, Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, the Northern Lights, Paricutin Volcano in Mexico and Harbor of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. The Canyon attracts 4.5 million visitors from all over the world annually.
The 277-mile long, one-mile deep canyon covers a total of 1,900 square miles. It was discovered in 1540 by Spanish explorer Don Lopez de Cardenas, a captain in Coronado’s expedition.
Various other walks and talks the Park Service offers are listed in the park newspaper, The Guide, available at the entrance station, headquarters and CVIP.
During peak season, lines at the South Entrance Station can be long and slow-moving. Paying cash speeds the process, as does buying a park pass in advance.
• Entrance fees are $30 per private vehicle or $15 per person entering the park by public transportation, on foot, by bicycle or via the Colorado River. Admission is for seven days and includes both rims. There are no refunds because of inclement weather.
• Motorcycle Permits are $25 for one single, private, non-commercial motorcycle and its passenger(s).
• U.S. residents age 62 or older may obtain a Senior Passport for a one-time fee of $80.
• Annual Grand Canyon passports, valid for the calendar year, are available for $60.
• U.S. residents who have a permanent physical, mental or sensory impairment may apply in person for an Inter-Agency Access Pass.
• The Inter-Agency Annual Pass, which can be used at any national park, is available for $80.
• Active duty military personnel and dependents with proper identification are allowed free access.
• Overnight backcountry permits are $10, plus a $8 per person impact fee for each night camped below the rim and $8 per group for each night camped above the rim.
• The $10 fee will not be refunded on cancellations. Fees paid to the Backcountry Office are non-refundable.
For additional information about backcountry permits, as well as general park information, call (928) 638-7888 or (928) 638-7875 between 1-5 p.m. weekdays.