Where is the Grand Canyon?

The Grand Canyon is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the United States attracting about 5 million visitors each year. Before traveling to the Grand Canyon, it pays to be prepared.

Where is the Grand Canyon located and what exactly is it? The Grand Canyon is a huge gorge located in the northwest corner of the state of Arizona and is one of The Seven Wonders of the World. This gorge was formed by the Colorado River over millions of years as the river flowed through the canyon. Located close to the borders of Utah and Nevada most of the gorge is considered part of the Grand Canyon National Park.

What is the Grand CanyonNational Park? The Grand Canyon National Park was one of the first national parks in the United States and has an area of almost 2,000 miles.

Where is the Grand Canyon entrance? Visitors to the Grand Canyon come through the national park through either the North or South Rims. The North and South Rims experience different weather patterns, have different scenery and are at different elevations. Because traveling between the rims takes over 5 hours by vehicle, visitors may not be able to visit both sides in one single trip.

What is the best way to enter the Grand Canyon? Though visitors can enter through the North Rim of the park, this entrance is only open during half of the year, from May to October. The North Rim is more remote, located near the Utah border with some areas only accessible only by four-wheel drive.

The South Rim however, is open throughout the year and provides access any hour of the day. Transportation options to the rim include airport, bus and rail. The closeness to nearby Phoenix, Arizona also makes the South Rim convenient for travelers flying in from areas outside of the southwestern region of the United States. Airports and bus tours from Las Vegas and Flagstaff provide easy access for park visitors.

How much does entrance to the Grand Canyon cost?The entrance fee to the Grand Canyon National Park will depend on how visitors choose to enter. Those entering on motorcycle, bicycle, on foot, or non-commercial group will pay $12.00 per person. Those traveling by private vehicle will pay $25.00 per vehicle. Park visitors who live in the local area might want to consider purchasing an annual pass for unlimited visits. Children 15 years of age and younger are given free park entrance.

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