Grand Canyon hours and seasons vary between the North and South Rim. While the South Rim is open year-round, the less-developed North Rim is closed during the winter time due to higher elevation and colder temperatures. In order to take full advantage of the park’s visitor facilities and services, you will need to be aware of the various operating hours and seasons.
This way, you can plan your visit accordingly. Fortunately, important facilities like the official Grand Canyon Visitor Center remain open the entire year. Find everything you need to know about hours, seasons and fees below.
The South Rim
The Grand Canyon South Rim Visitor Center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. During the summer peak months, it is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. While some facilities are closed during the winter season, the South Rim remains open year-round, including on holidays. This includes the Grand Canyon Village and Desert View.
You can enter the park through the South Entrance Station 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Certain visitor services, lodging and restaurants are also open the entire year. These include the Canyon Village Market and the Yavapai Lodge Restaurant. Some museums, visitor and information centers that are open all year round include:
- Yavapai Geology Museum
- Verkamp’s Visitor Center
- Kolb Studio
- Backcountry Information Center
- Desert View Watchtower
- Tusayan Ruin and Museum
Grand Canyon hours for goods and services vary by location. Some facilities will extend their hours during the busy season. Others, such as the U.S. post office, adhere to strict hours and observe federal holidays. During winter months, certain campground offices may be closed.
The North Rim
The North Rim Visitor Center is in full service from May 15 to October 15 each year from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. This includes lodging, restaurants and shops that occupy it. Campground reservations can also be booked online through Recreation.gov during the open season.
During the off-season, there is a short period when the rim is open for day use only. This is typically from October 15 to November 27. However, the park may occasionally close due to snowy weather conditions.
You can expect the North Rim to be completely closed during the winter months. From December 1 to May 15, there are no visitor services available. The best way to find out about North Rim Grand Canyon hours and whether the park is open for day use is to call the Grand Canyon National Park Service at 928-638-7888.
Due to the North Rim’s unmaintained trails and wild nature, it typically sees less visitors than the South Rim. A tour guide can help you navigate through the beautifully rugged trails and guarantee you the best times.
Grand Canyon Park Fees
The Grand Canyon entrance fee grants visitors access to both the North and South Rim for seven days. Entrance passes can be purchased at the North Rim Entrance Station, South Rim Entrance Station and Desert View Entrance Station. Entrance permits include the following:
- Grand Canyon National Park Individual Permit for one person entering into the park by foot, park shuttle bus, bicycle, the Grand Canyon Railway or a private rafting trip. The Grand Canyon ticket price is $20 for anyone older than 15 years of age.
- Grand Canyon National Park Vehicle Permit for one private, non-commercial vehicle and all of its passengers is $35.
- Grand Canyon National Park Motorcycle Permit for one private, non-commercial motorcycle and all of its passengers is $30
During certain days of the year, the National Park Service will waive Grand Canyon fees. Visitors can receive free entry on the following days.
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: Monday, January 21
- First day of National Park week: Saturday, April 20
- National Park Service Anniversary: Sunday, August 25
- National Public Lands Day: Saturday, September 28
- Veterans Day: Monday, November 11
Note: Grand Canyon Park fees are non-refundable if there is bad weather.
Where to Buy a Grand Canyon Entrance Permit
The Grand Canyon entrance fee can be paid online at the NPS government website. You can either print out or download your entrance pass on your mobile device prior to your visit. Entrance fees can also be paid at any of the following entrance stations:
- North Rim Entrance Station
- South Entrance Station
- Desert View Entrance Station
Checks, credit cards and cash are accepted at all entrance stations, except the North Rim. Cash is not accepted at the North Rim Entrance Station. When traveling to the South Rim, you can purchase entrance passes prior to entry at certain locations outside of the park. These include:
- Flagstaff, AZ
- Flagstaff Visitor Center, 1 East Route 66, (928) 774-9541
- Williams Visitor Center, 200 West Railroad Ave, (928) 635-4061
- Valle, AZ
- Chevron Travel Stop
- Tusayan, AZ
- National Geographic Visitor Center (IMAX theater)
- Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce (928) 638- 2901
- P.’s Stage Stop
- Red Feather Lodge
- Canyon Plaza Resort
Grand Canyon Annual & Lifetime Passes
Skip having to pay the Grand Canyon entrance fee every time you visit. For unlimited access to Grand Canyon National Park, purchase an annual pass for $70. This pass admits you and any accompanying persons in your vehicle. It also permits access to the park for you and immediate family if you are entering by train, shuttle, bike or foot.
If you are a military member or a child in the fourth grade, then the Grand Canyon ticket price for unlimited annual entry is waived. Seniors can purchase lifetime passes for $80 and annual passes for $20. Sold for $80, the America the Beautiful Annual Pass permits year-round entry to Federal recreation sites. This pass is available to individuals with permanent disabilities at no cost. Volunteers acquiring 250 service hours can also obtain this pass for free.
In addition to the Grand Canyon Park fees mentioned above, you will also need to consider the costs of lodging and camping. These are typically charged on a per night basis and fill up quickly. It is highly recommended that you make reservations for these accommodations at least nine months in advance.