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Grand Canyon Information

  • Submitted by: Ilana Stern
  • Submission Date: 14th Feb 2005



Note: this file contains information on camping, hiking, mule-trips, sightseeing, hotels, and general climate. For information on river rafting trips, please see the file grand_canyon_rafting




Contents:




Phone numbers / addresses
Climate
Camping at rim
Hotels and motels
Sightseeing / day hikes
Backpacking





## Phone numbers




General park info: 602/638-7888
General park address: PO Box 129, Grand Canyon AZ 86023

South Rim lodging, Phantom Ranch (at river inside canyon) lodging, and mule trips leaving from the South Rim: 602/638-2401 or write PO Box 699, Grand Canyon AZ 86023

North Rim lodging: 801/568-7686
or write TW Services, Box 400, Cedar City UT 84720

Camping reservations (both rims): 1-800/365-2267 or 619/452-0150 or write PO Box 85705, San Diego CA 92138-5705

Van shuttles (for hikers and others): Trans Canyon Van, 602/638-2820

Havasupai Indian Reservation (for Havasu Canyon permits): 602/448-2121 or write Havasupai Tourist Enterprises, Supai AZ 86435





## Climate




South Rim: open all year. Summer temperatures 50's to 80's F (low teens to high 20's C), winter temperatures 40's to below zero (5 to -18 C). Expect thundershowers mid to late summer, snow November through April. Elevation 7000 ft (2135 meters). The South Rim is where most visitors go.

North Rim: open mid-May to mid-October. Temperatures are usually 5-10 degrees F cooler than the South Rim as elevation is over 8000 ft (2400 meters). The road is closed and no services are available during the winter, but cross-country skiing is permitted. Write to the general park address for information and regulations.

Inner Canyon: open all year, accessible only by foot or mule (or river raft from Lee's Ferry). Elevation at the Colorado river ranges from about 2000-2800 ft above sea level. Summertime highs are > 100 deg F (38 C), winter highs may reach 60 F (15 C). It does snow in the canyon in the winter.





## Camping at rim




All camping inside Grand Canyon National Park is restricted to established campgrounds. During the summer, all campgrounds are usually full by noon. SR=South Rim, NR=North Rim.

SR: Mather Campground -- at Grand Canyon Village, no hook-ups. Shower and laundry nearby, dump station nearby. Reservations may be made no more than 8 wks in advance for family sites or 12 wks for group sites; no reservations taken for Dec 1 - Mar 1. Reservation phone number is in phone list above. Unreserved sites are first-come, first served. $10/night.

SR: Trailer Village -- next to Mather Campground, all hook-ups, reserve through South Rim lodging contact number (not campground reservation number) in phone list above.

SR: Desert View Campground -- 26 mi E of Grand Canyon Village. No reservations, no hook-ups, open summer only. $8/night.

NR: North Rim Campground, 1/2 mi north of rim. No hook-ups. Shower, laundry, and camper store nearby, summer months only. Reserve through number in phone list above. $10/night.

Camping is available outside the park on both rims.





## Hotels and motels




For all lodging inside the park see contact info in phone list. There are separate numbers for North Rim and South Rim lodging. Rates vary -- El Tovar is probably the most expensive, Bright Angel Lodge probably the least expensive.

There is a lodge within the Canyon: Phantom Ranch. Use the South Rim lodging reservation phone number in the phone list.

From: wegeng@eso.mc.xerox.com (Don Wegeng 73256 - RIC) Two friends and I stayed at Phantom Ranch in October of 1991. The facilities consist of several cabins for small groups (a few people), plus four bunk houses (segregated by sex). Each bunk house sleeps about ten people, and includes a shower and a toilet. There is also a large dining hall, which in addition to serving meals also serves munchies (including beer) in the afternoon. A ranger cabin is near by, and after dinner each night a ranger gives a talk on an appropriate topic, and fields general questions about the Grand Canyon.

It's recommended that you make reservations several months in advance. Last minute openings are filled on a first come basis at 7 AM at the reservations desk on the South Rim. I'm told that many people make the mistake of hiking to Phantom Ranch, with the hope of finding an opening. All such people are turned away, and must hike back out *that day* (not a pleasant thought).

Phantom Ranch is accessible from either rim, both via foot or mule train. If you plan to walk down, be prepared for a strenuous hike of several hours in each direction, with a several thousand foot elevation gain/loss. All of the comments in this FAQ about hiking in the canyon apply here as well, especially the comments about drinking water and weather conditions.

While any visit to the Grand Canyon is spectacular, spending the night at the bottom of the canyon is very special.

Outside the park:

South Rim: many motels in Tusayan. Best Western 602/638-2681, Quality Inn 602/638-2673, Red Feather 602/638-2414, Seven Mile Lodge 602/638-2291, Moqui Lodge 602/638-2401.

North Rim: Kaibab Lodge, 602/638-2389 (18 miles from rim), Jacob Lake Inn 602/643-7232 (45 miles from rim).





Note: this file contains information on camping, hiking, mule-trips, sightseeing, hotels, and general climate. For information on river rafting trips, please see the file grand_canyon_rafting




Contents:




Phone numbers / addresses
Climate
Camping at rim
Hotels and motels
Sightseeing / day hikes
Backpacking





## Phone numbers




General park info: 602/638-7888
General park address: PO Box 129, Grand Canyon AZ 86023

South Rim lodging, Phantom Ranch (at river inside canyon) lodging, and mule trips leaving from the South Rim: 602/638-2401 or write PO Box 699, Grand Canyon AZ 86023

North Rim lodging: 801/568-7686
or write TW Services, Box 400, Cedar City UT 84720

Camping reservations (both rims): 1-800/365-2267 or 619/452-0150 or write PO Box 85705, San Diego CA 92138-5705

Van shuttles (for hikers and others): Trans Canyon Van, 602/638-2820

Havasupai Indian Reservation (for Havasu Canyon permits): 602/448-2121 or write Havasupai Tourist Enterprises, Supai AZ 86435





## Climate




South Rim: open all year. Summer temperatures 50's to 80's F (low teens to high 20's C), winter temperatures 40's to below zero (5 to -18 C). Expect thundershowers mid to late summer, snow November through April. Elevation 7000 ft (2135 meters). The South Rim is where most visitors go.

North Rim: open mid-May to mid-October. Temperatures are usually 5-10 degrees F cooler than the South Rim as elevation is over 8000 ft (2400 meters). The road is closed and no services are available during the winter, but cross-country skiing is permitted. Write to the general park address for information and regulations.

Inner Canyon: open all year, accessible only by foot or mule (or river raft from Lee's Ferry). Elevation at the Colorado river ranges from about 2000-2800 ft above sea level. Summertime highs are > 100 deg F (38 C), winter highs may reach 60 F (15 C). It does snow in the canyon in the winter.





## Camping at rim




All camping inside Grand Canyon National Park is restricted to established campgrounds. During the summer, all campgrounds are usually full by noon. SR=South Rim, NR=North Rim.

SR: Mather Campground -- at Grand Canyon Village, no hook-ups. Shower and laundry nearby, dump station nearby. Reservations may be made no more than 8 wks in advance for family sites or 12 wks for group sites; no reservations taken for Dec 1 - Mar 1. Reservation phone number is in phone list above. Unreserved sites are first-come, first served. $10/night.

SR: Trailer Village -- next to Mather Campground, all hook-ups, reserve through South Rim lodging contact number (not campground reservation number) in phone list above.

SR: Desert View Campground -- 26 mi E of Grand Canyon Village. No reservations, no hook-ups, open summer only. $8/night.

NR: North Rim Campground, 1/2 mi north of rim. No hook-ups. Shower, laundry, and camper store nearby, summer months only. Reserve through number in phone list above. $10/night.

Camping is available outside the park on both rims.





## Hotels and motels




For all lodging inside the park see contact info in phone list. There are separate numbers for North Rim and South Rim lodging. Rates vary -- El Tovar is probably the most expensive, Bright Angel Lodge probably the least expensive.

There is a lodge within the Canyon: Phantom Ranch. Use the South Rim lodging reservation phone number in the phone list.

From: wegeng@eso.mc.xerox.com (Don Wegeng 73256 - RIC) Two friends and I stayed at Phantom Ranch in October of 1991. The facilities consist of several cabins for small groups (a few people), plus four bunk houses (segregated by sex). Each bunk house sleeps about ten people, and includes a shower and a toilet. There is also a large dining hall, which in addition to serving meals also serves munchies (including beer) in the afternoon. A ranger cabin is near by, and after dinner each night a ranger gives a talk on an appropriate topic, and fields general questions about the Grand Canyon.

It's recommended that you make reservations several months in advance. Last minute openings are filled on a first come basis at 7 AM at the reservations desk on the South Rim. I'm told that many people make the mistake of hiking to Phantom Ranch, with the hope of finding an opening. All such people are turned away, and must hike back out *that day* (not a pleasant thought).

Phantom Ranch is accessible from either rim, both via foot or mule train. If you plan to walk down, be prepared for a strenuous hike of several hours in each direction, with a several thousand foot elevation gain/loss. All of the comments in this FAQ about hiking in the canyon apply here as well, especially the comments about drinking water and weather conditions.

While any visit to the Grand Canyon is spectacular, spending the night at the bottom of the canyon is very special.

Outside the park:

South Rim: many motels in Tusayan. Best Western 602/638-2681, Quality Inn 602/638-2673, Red Feather 602/638-2414, Seven Mile Lodge 602/638-2291, Moqui Lodge 602/638-2401.

North Rim: Kaibab Lodge, 602/638-2389 (18 miles from rim), Jacob Lake Inn 602/643-7232 (45 miles from rim).


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