Grand Canyon Visitor Center Guide

Grand Canyon Visitor Centers

If you’re heading to Grand Canyon National Park one of your first stops should be a Grand Canyon Visitor Center. Visitor Center staff and volunteers can help you plan find Grand Canyon Activities, get directions and learn about current conditions in Grand Canyon National Park and the surrounding area. Speaking with a real person is a great way to answer any questions you have about the canyon and most VC’s have free maps and guides as well as books, souvenirs and other things you want to pick up for your vacation.

Grand Canyon National Park has seven different visitor centers on the South Rim between Desert View and Grand Canyon Village. Each visitor center offers trip planning information, unique educational exhibits and vastly different views of the canyon. Open hours vary in winter and summer. The North Rim has one visitor center, which is only open seasonally (usually May 15th-Ocotber 15th). There are also Visitor Centers on the West Rim and East Rim run by the Navajo, Hualapai and Havasupai Tribes and other visitor Centers outside the park managed by Kaibab National Forest as well as some private businesses. Read the guide below for detailed information about Grand Canyon visitor center, or check out our Visitor Center map to find specific locations.

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South Rim Visitor Centers

South Rim Visitor Centers are open year-round, with longer hours in the spring/summer/fall and shorter hours in the winter. If you really need personalized trip planning information, it is important that you plan to arrive at the Visitor Center before they close--visitors centers will close hours before sunset on long summer days. Parking is very limited at most visitor centers so plan ahead if you need to take a shuttle or trail to access the visitor center that you are interested in.

Visitor centers are staffed by park rangers, volunteers, or Grand Canyon Association staff who can answer questions, distribute Junior Ranger booklets and badges, and assist visitors with emergencies. Most visitor centers are also Grand Canyon Association Park Stores, where the proceeds from gifts and books that you purchase go back to supporting the park in the form of staffing, research and special projects.

For a complete list of Grand Canyon South Rim Visitor Centers including locations, hours and addresses visit our guide to Grand Canyon's South Rim.

North Rim Visitor Centers

The much less visited North Rim of Grand Canyon only has two visitor centers: A National Park Service visitor center for park visitors inside of the park that is open seasonally (May 15th-October 15th) and a National Forest visitor center in Jacob Lake, AZ (45 miles north of Grand Canyon's North Rim) that is generally open seasonally (May 15th-October 15th).

For a complete list of Grand Canyon North Rim Visitor Centers including locations, hours and addresses visit our guide to  Grand Canyon's North Rim.

West Rim Visitor Centers

The West Rim of Grand Canyon is also the ancestral lands of the Hualapai and Havasupai tribes. Today these areas are a part of the modern-day Hualapai and Havasupai Indian Reservations and the tribes grant access to two of the most famous parts of Grand Canyon: The Grand Canyon Skywalk and Havasu Falls.

For a complete list of Grand Canyon North Rim Visitor Centers including locations, hours and addresses visit our guide to Grand Canyon's West Rim.

East Rim Visitor Centers

While most visitors just drive through Grand Canyon's East Rim on their way to other destinations, the area offers some unique highlights for those who are willing to stop and take in the views. At Lee's Ferry you will get the rare opportunity to stand next to the Colorado River without doing a strenuous hike and Navajo Bridge offers some unparalleled views of the beginning of Grand Canyon and is also a great place to look for endangered California condors.

For a complete list of Grand Canyon North Rim Visitor Centers including locations, hours and addresses visit our guide to Grand Canyon's East Rim.

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