Grand Canyon National Park was formally established as a national park in 1919, a year in which it received 44,173 visitors. Today, Grand Canyon offers the same majestic scenery that it did in 1919 although it is visited by millions of people from around the world each year. The park is extremely popular; and like most popular parks, the lodging and activities in Grand Canyon can sell out months in advance. Lodging options include the luxurious El Tovar Hotel, Maswik Lodge, Yavapai Lodge, Thunderbird Lodge, Kachina Lodge, and the world-famous Phantom Ranch which lies on the Canyon floor. If lodging sells out inside the park, there are also options just outside the park entrance in the small town of Tusayan, Arizona with lodges such as the Grand Hotel and the Red Feather Inn.
Grand Canyon offers visitors access to year-round adventure with activities such as day and overnight mule rides, treks to Phantom Ranch, helicopter and jeep tours, smooth water float trips, and multi-day whitewater adventures on the mighty Colorado River. Many visitors choose to explore the park through day hikes or overnight backpacking trips. However, all visitors must remain vigilant to ensure a safe and enjoyable Grand Canyon experience. Bring plenty of water even if you’re simply going on a short day hike as the temperature can rise quickly during the day, especially as you descend into the Canyon.
Spring break is a very busy time for Grand Canyon National Park, so you may try to plan your next visit outside of March and April. For lodging inside the park, contact the authorized concessioner (Xanterra Parks & Resorts) at (888) 297-27257. Xanterra can also assist you with your mule ride and Phantom Ranch reservations. For helicopter tours, contact Papillon Tours at 888) 635-7272. For jeep tours, call Grand Canyon Jeep & Safari Tours at 800-320-5337. For Grand Canyon whitewater rafting adventures, contact Grand Canyon Whitewater at 888-343-3121. These respected lodging and tour operators will be happy to help you plan your once-in-a-lifetime Grand Canyon adventure! People from all over the world are planning their next Grand Canyon vacation now, so you should too. Don’t wait – plan early and take advantage of the best availability for lodging and activities!