Grand Canyon During Spring Break
WRITTEN & RELEASED BY THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE:
March 13, 2019
Grand Canyon, AZ – Spring Break is one of the most popular times to visit Grand Canyon National Park. To make the most of a visit to the park during this time, park rangers recommend the following pro tips:
Pro Tip: South Rim entrance stations experience long lines and wait times between 10 am and 4 pm. Visitors coming from the east on Interstate 40 or from Phoenix on Interstate 17 can enter the park through the eastern entrance at Desert View for shorter wait times at the entrance station.
Pro Tip: Arrive early and pack your patience. Parking lots in Grand Canyon Village can fill as early as 10 am. If you arrive after 10 am, the park and ride Tusayan (Purple) route shuttle bus. A valid park pass is required to ride the Tusayan route shuttle bus, purchase your 7-day pass on your mobile device by visiting, www.yourpassnow.com/parkpass/park/grca.
Pro Tip: Visitors can enjoy the scenic viewpoints of Hermit Road by connecting from the Village (Blue) Route shuttle bus to the Hermits Rest (Red) Route shuttle bus. Instead of waiting in line at the Hermits Rest Transfer Station, enjoy the scenery and walk to the next closest overlook and pick up a shuttle there. (Our side note: You can also ride a bike on this route, and use the NPS shuttle home, it’s incredible!)
Pro Tip: Take advantage of ranger and special programs. A highlight in honor of women’s history month is a special evening program on March 22nd at 7 pm called “When I Worked for Fred Harvey.” This memorable program features the contributions of Hopi workers, including Hopi Harvey Girls, from 1930 to 1965 at Grand Canyon National Park.
While in the park keep these other pro tips in mind to have a fun and safe visit to Grand Canyon.
- Stay on designated trails and walkways and always keep a safe distance from the edge of the rim. Do not climb over railings or barriers.
- Check the weather, check yourself! The South Rim sits at 7,000 feet above sea level and frequently experiences spring snowstorms. Visitors are encouraged to bring layers of clothing to adjust to changing weather conditions and take time to get used to the elevation by resting often and drinking plenty of fluids.
- Stay a safe distance away from and never feed or water any wildlife.
- Prepare for an inner canyon hike ahead of time by visiting the Backcountry Office.
- Know where you can go with your pet, and use the South Rim Kennels instead of leaving your furry friend in a car.
For more information about shuttle bus operations, ranger programs, and hiking tips in Grand Canyon National Park, visit https://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/index.htm.