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Getting Here and Around
North Las Vegas Airport in Las Vegas is the primary air hub for charter flights to Grand Canyon National Parks Airport (GCN 928/638–2446).
The best route into the park from the east or south is from Flagstaff. Take U.S. 180 northwest to the park's southern entrance and Grand Canyon Village. From the west on Interstate 40, the most direct route to the South Rim is on U.S. 180 and Highway 64.
Park Shuttle Travel
The South Rim is open to car traffic year-round, though access to Hermits Rest is limited to shuttle buses part of the year. There are four free shuttle routes: The Hermits Rest Route operates March through November, between Grand Canyon Village and Hermits Rest. The Village Route operates year-round in the village area near the Grand Canyon Visitor Center. The Kaibab Rim Route goes from the visitor center to Yaki Point, including a stop at the South Kaibab Trailhead. The Tusayan Route operates summer only and runs from Grand Canyon Visitor Center to the town of Tusayan. In summer, South Rim roads are congested, and it's easier, and sometimes required, to park your car and take the free shuttle. Running from one hour before sunrise until one hour after sunset, shuttles arrive every 15 to 30 minutes at 30 clearly marked stops.
Taxi and Shuttle Travel
While there's no public transportation into the Grand Canyon, you can hire a taxi to take you from the Grand Canyon Airport or any of the Tusayan hotels. Arizona Shuttle is another option.
Shuttle and Taxi Contacts
Arizona Shuttle. Arizona Shuttle has service between Phoenix, Sedona, Flagstaff, Williams, Tusayan, and Grand Canyon Village. 928/226–8060 or 877/226–8060. www.arizonashuttle.com.
Xanterra. Xanterra offers 24-hour taxi service in Tusayan and the South Rim. 928/638–2822.
The nearest airport to the North Rim is St. George Municipal Airport (435/627-4080 www.flysgu.com) in Utah, 164 miles north, with regular service provided by both Delta and United Airlines.
To reach the North Rim by car, take U.S. 89 north from Flagstaff past Cameron, turning left onto U.S. 89A at Bitter Springs. At Jacob Lake, take Highway 67 directly to the Grand Canyon North Rim. You can drive yourself to the scenic viewpoints and trailheads; the only transportation offered in the Park is a shuttle twice each morning that brings eager hikers from Grand Canyon Lodge to the North Kaibab Trailhead (a 2-mile trip). Note that the North Rim shuts down in winter following the first major snowfall (usually around mid-November); Highway 67 south of Jacob Lake is closed.
From mid-May to mid-October, the Trans Canyon Shuttle (928/638–2820 www.trans-canyonshuttle.com) travels daily between the South and North rims—the ride takes 4½ hours each way. One-way fare is $85, round-trip $160. Reservations are required.
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