South Rim Visitor Center is accessible to people with mobility impairments, as are most of the sites at South Rim Campground. Drive-to overlooks on the South Rim include Tomichi Point, the alternate gravel viewpoint at Pulpit Rock (the main one is not accessible), Chasm View (gravel), Sunset View, and High Point. Balanced Rock (gravel) is the only drive-to viewpoint on the North Rim. None of the park's hiking trails is accessible by car.
Admission Fees and Permits
Entrance fees are $15 per week per vehicle. Visitors entering on bicycle, motorcycle, or on foot pay $7 for a weekly pass. To access the inner canyon, whether for hiking, climbing, camping, or kayaking, you must pick up a backcountry permit (no fee) at South Rim Visitor Center, North Rim ranger station, or East Portal ranger station, in adjoining Curecanti National Recreation Area.
The park is open 24/7 year-round. It's in the mountain time zone.
The park has no ATMs. The nearest ATMs are in Montrose.
Automobile Service Stations
Cell-phone reception in the park is unreliable and sporadic. There are public telephones at South Rim Visitor Center and South Rim Campground.
In the event of a medical or police emergency, dial 911. Medical assistance is available at South Rim Visitor Center and, in summer, at the North Rim ranger station. Report fires to either of those locations.
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