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The South Rim is open 365 days a year. Visitor services and facilities are open and available every day of the year including holidays.
Most visitors go to the South Rim. Expect lots of people and traffic congestion and parking problems, particularly during the summer. The least crowded time is November through February but keep in mind that winter weather is a major consideration when planning a trip during these months.
The South Rim of the
There are many overlooks accessible by car that offers spectacular views of the canyon. Desert View drive (Hwy 64) follows the canyon rim for 26 miles east of
A hiking trail, knows as the Rim Trail, follows the rim from Pipe Creek Vista to Hermits Rest. The section of the Rim Trail between Pipe Creek Vista and Maricopa Point is paved, and mostly wheelchair accessible. Unpaved portions of the trail, between Maricopa Point and Hermits Rest are arrow and close to the edge. Bicycles are NOT permitted on the Rim Trial.
Yavapai Observation Station at Yavapai Point offers panoramic views of the canyon, including the
For viewing or photographing the canyon, the best light is early or late in the day.
There are three developed viewpoints on the North Rim which offer a sense of looking across the expanse of the canyon rather than down into it. Views of the
Point Imperial and
Point Imperial, the highest point on the north Rim is at 8,803 ft, overlooks the Painted Desert (which is in another listing on this site) and the eastern end of
If you are up to putting in a bit of effort, driving a four wheel drive you can reach Point Sublime, the western most of the North Rim viewpoints. The rough, two hour (one way) trip is rewarded by a view that lives up to its name.
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