Thank you for joining us in our second installment of our series, The Grand Canyon Spring and Summer Trip Planning Guide.Last week, was a general overview about the Grand Canyon and that it has this amazing ability to awe, excite, and completely mystify your senses.

This week we’ll learn about all of the activities and adventures you might find while traveling to the Grand Canyon in spring and summer. It is never too early to start planning your vacation!

Entrance to the Grand Canyon on your Spring or Summer Trip

Access to the Park

It’s important to know how to get there, right? You might need to also know when the park is open to the public.

If in the mood for a drive, learn how to drive to the Grand canyon. There are so many great tours that will take you right there, if you’re from out of town or don’t want to drive.

The Village region and the Desert View region, both on the South Rim, are always open. The facilities on the North Rim are typically open from May to October. The entrance to the national park is always open – day and night.

The Grand Canyon does not ever officially close; however, the hours of the centers for visitors and the various businesses located in and around the national park DO vary.

Before planning your trip, it is advised that you obtain these hours of operation so that you may get the most out of your visit to the Grand Canyon during the spring and summer months.


Grand Canyon Entrance Fees
If you are planning a trip to the Grand Canyon during the spring and summer months, it is essential that you learn about the entrance fees. All of the fees obtained at the park are designed to support various projects and activities within the Grand Canyon. The fees must be paid at the special stations located at the entrances. There are several businesses located just outside of the park that will obtain monies for entrance fees. The following outlines the Grand Canyon fees:

  • $30.00 for private vehicles
  • $25.00 for motorcycles
  • $15.00 for those using the Railway, shuttle bus, rafts, bicycling, and/or walking

The above-listed prices include both the North Rim and South Rim and may be used for a total of 7 days.

Free Entrance Days
Each year, the Grand Canyon offers several days in which entrance to the park is absolutely free!

Here are the Free  Entrance days in 2017, provided by the National Park Service.

  • January 16: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • February 20: Presidents’ Day
  • April 15-16 and 22-23: Weekends of National Park Week
  • August 25: National Park Service Birthday
  • September 30: National Public Lands Day
  • November 11-12: Veterans Day Weekend

Remember, the only fee that is waived on the above dates is that for entrance to the Grand Canyon. The fees that relate to special reservations, camping, concessions, special tours, lodging, and various activities offered in and around the national park still apply.

If you are looking to embark on an adventure that will ignite your imagination and create memories with your loved ones, the Grand Canyon is the perfect place!

Read the Entire Series

Part 1   The Basics
Part 2   Access to the Park
Part 3   Spring and Summer Weather
Part 4   Helicopter Tours
Part 5   Activities
Part 6   VIP Tours
Part 7   Boats and Rafting
Part 8   More Tours
Part 9   Backcountry Camping and Hiking
Part 10   Grand Canyon Hiking
Part 11   Skywalk and Surrounding Activities
Part 12   Overview

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