The Grand Canyon is 277 miles (446 km) long, up to 18 miles (29 km) wide and in some places it’s over a mile deep. So, there is a lot to see!
If you are visiting from Sedona, the closest visitors center is on the South Rim.
Plan your Grand Canyon Visit
Driving time from Sedona to South Rim: 2.5 to 3 hrs
Cost: $35 day admission or National Park Pass
Getting around the Rim: There is a free shuttle from the South Rim Visitor’s Center to Hermit’s Rest. You can get on and off it at any of the viewpoints along the way.
Food: There is a grocery store, as well as snack bars and restaurants. Prices are resort prices. You can also bring your own picnic lunch.
Water: Drink plenty of water. You are in the desert. Bring your refillable bottle and you can fill it at restrooms and stops along the rim.
Weather: Temps at the canyon are usually 10 degrees cooler than in Sedona. It can also get windy on the overlooks. It’s best to bring layered clothing (including a jacket in fall and spring and a coat in the winter) and check weather reports before going.
How much time should I plan at the park? Most people make a day of it. You can walk along the rim or take the shuttle. Or drive out to Desert View. Visiting the park is a special, bucket-list type of day. Don’t cut your time too short.
Things to do on a day trip to the Canyon
- Hike along the Rim
- Take the shuttle to Hermit’s Rest
- Drive out to Desert View
- Take a Helicopter Ride over the canyon
- Ride with the Mule Train into the canyon
Get more Grand Canyon National Park info. They have a full Trip Planner you can download.
For packages and to hire a guide or service, plan your adventure with GrandCanyon.com.