Grand Canyon - Points of Interest
Topping your list of things to do at the Grand Canyon may simply be looking around – this is one of the Seven Wonders of the World, after all – but the list of things to do and see goes on and on. After you’ve had your fill of the spectacular views, there’s no shortage of places to visit and explore. From historic sites and ancient ruins to local wildlife and hiking trails, the Grand Canyon offers far more than spectacular sights.
Most Grand Canyon visitors enter the park at the South Rim’s Grand Canyon Village, where an airport, visitor centers, gift stores, and other visitor services can all be found. You can park the car and board the free Grand Canyon Shuttle, which will take you to an assortment of amenities inside the village as well as various places to view the canyon. Shuttles run every 15 to 30 minutes, or you can drive directly to several overlooks, including Mather Point and Yavapai Observation Station. Visitors who prefer to go on foot can walk the Rim Trail from Hermits Rest to Yaki Point. In the village area the trail is wide and paved, and it’s possible to walk and ride the shuttle back, or vice versa. Bicycle riders are welcome on roads open to vehicles and on the pedestrian Greenway Trail. Hikers can descend into the canyon at several points but are cautioned that the trails are steep. Whitewater and smooth water raft trips are also available, and ranger-guided hikes, fishing and wildlife viewing are all popular as well.
The North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park is far more isolated than the busy South Rim, but there’s still plenty to do. From special events like Western Arts Day and Native American Heritage Days to ranger presentations at the Visitor Center to spectacular hikes like Bright Angel Point and various rim trails, the North Rim has a lot going on!
At Grand Canyon West on the Hualapai Indian Reservation, don’t miss the spectacular Skywalk and Glass Bridge. Guana Point is another impressive outlook close to the High Point Hike, Bat Caves and much more. This area of the Grand Canyon also features guided tours, a Wild West experience at the Hualapai Ranch and an authentic Indian Village.