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How To Get To The Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon National Park, in Arizona, has two main access points the North Rim and the South Rim. The South Rim is the most popular destination in the park. This entrance is easily accessible by road from Phoenix or Las Vegas, both of which host major international airports.

From Phoenix, drivers will need to get on Interstate 17 northbound until they arrive at Flagstaff, Ariz. From Flagstaff, the recommended route travels west on Interstate 40 until reaching Arizona State Route 64; at SR 64, drivers should continue north until reaching the entrance gate.

Drivers traveling from Las Vegas should take U.S. Highway 93 south until reaching I-40. Las Vegas travelers should then follow Interstate 40 east until it intersects with SR 64. From the intersection, drivers should then travel north to the park entrance.

Travelers who choose to drive to the Grand Canyon from Phoenix or Las Vegas should prepare for a lengthy drive. The drive from Phoenix is 231 miles long, and the drive from Las Vegas is 278 miles long. Drivers should pack snacks, water and entertainment, especially if traveling with young children.

Limited air service is available between a small airport in the Grand Canyon Village and Las Vegas. Shuttle bus service are available on daily runs from Flagstaff to the Grand Canyon Village area. Visitors can also hire on-demand shuttles from Flagstaff, Sedona, Ariz., and Williams, Ariz., directly to the park. Williams also has direct train service available to the Village.

The North Rim is less accessible than the South Rim. The recommended route to the North Rim travels through Utah to Jacob Lake, Arizona. From Jacob Lake, travelers should follow Arizona State Route 67 south to the park Entrance. Travelers can reach Jacob Lake via U.S. Highway 89A North from Flagstaff or via U.S. Highway 89A South from Utah.

The National Park operates a shuttle service between the two rims. This shuttle makes one round trip each day, beginning at the North Rim.