Park Contact Information
Grand Canyon National Park. Before you go into the park, get the complimentary Trip Planner, updated regularly, from the Grand Canyon National Park. At the main visitor center, pick up a copy of the Guide, a weekly listing of ranger talks and other park activities. 928/638–7888; www.nps.gov/grca.
Desert View Information Center. Near the watchtower, at Desert View Point, this nonprofit Grand Canyon Association store and information center has a nice selection of books, park pamphlets, gifts, and educational materials. It's also a handy place to pick up maps and info if you enter the park at the Eastern entrance. All sales from the Association stores go to support the park programs. Eastern entrance, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, 86023. 800/858–2808; 928/638–7888. Daily 9–5; hrs vary in winter.
Grand Canyon Verkamp's Visitor Center. This small visitor center is named for the Verkamp family, who operated a curios shop on the South Rim for more than a hundred years. The building serves as an official visitor center, ranger station (get your Junior Ranger badges here), bookstore, and museum, with compelling exhibits on the Verkamps and other pioneers in this region. Desert View Dr. across from El Tovar Hotel, Grand Canyon Village, Arizona, 86023. 928/638–7146. Daily 8–7; ranger station 8–5.
Grand Canyon Visitor Center. The park's main orientation center provides pamphlets and resources to help plan your visit. It also holds engaging interpretive exhibits on the park. Rangers are on hand to answer questions and aid in planning canyon excursions. A daily schedule of ranger-led hikes and evening lectures is posted on a bulletin board inside, and a 20-minute film about the history, geology, and wildlife of the canyon plays every 30 minutes in the theater. The bicycle rental office, a small café, and a huge gift store are also in this complex. There's ample parking by the information center; from here, it's a short walk out to Mather Point, or a short ride on the shuttle bus, which can take you into Grand Canyon Village. The visitor center is also accessible via a leisurely 1-mile walk on the Greenway Trail, a paved pathway that meanders through the forest. East side of Grand Canyon Village, 450 Hwy. 64, Grand Canyon, Arizona, 86023. 928/638–7888; www.explorethecanyon.com. Daily 9–5, outdoor exhibits may be viewed anytime.
Yavapai Geology Museum. Learn about the geology of the canyon at this Grand Canyon Association museum and bookstore. You can also catch the park shuttle bus or pick up information for the Rim Trail here. The views of the canyon and Phantom Ranch from inside this historic building are stupendous. 1 mile east of Market Plaza, Grand Canyon Village, Arizona, 86023. 928/638–7888. Daily 8–6.
North Rim Visitor Center. View exhibits, peruse the bookstore, and pick up useful maps and brochures at this visitor center. Interpretive programs are often scheduled in summer. If you're craving coffee, it's a short walk from here to the Roughrider Saloon at the Grand Canyon Lodge. Near parking lot on Bright Angel Peninsula, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, 86052. 928/638–7864; www.nps.gov/grca. Mid-May–mid-Oct., daily 8–6.