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Park Fees and Permits
A fee of $25 per vehicle or $12 per person for pedestrians and cyclists is good for one week's access at both rims.
The $50 Grand Canyon Pass gives unlimited access to the park for 12 months. The annual America the Beautiful National Parks and Recreational Land Pass (888/275-8747 store.usgs.gov/pass $80) provides unlimited access to all national parks and federal recreation areas for 12 months.
No permits are needed for day hikers; but backcountry permits (928/638–7875 or 928/638–2125 www.nps.gov/grca $10, plus $5 per person per night) are necessary for overnight hikers. Permits are limited, so make your reservation as far in advance as possible—they're taken up to four months ahead of arrival. Camping in the park is restricted to designated campgrounds (877/444–6777 www.recreation.gov).
The South Rim is open continuously every day of the year (weather permitting), while the North Rim is open from May through mid-November. The park is in the mountain standard time zone year-round. Daylight saving time isn't observed.
Cell Phone Reception
Cell phone coverage can be spotty at both the South Rim and North Rim—though Verizon customers report better reception at the South Rim. Don't expect a strong signal anywhere in the park.
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