Grand Canyon National Park guide

Whether it’s your first visit or your 100th, here’s your complete guide to Arizona’s wonderland

Your best one day at the Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon's vastness condensed down to the five most essential must-do's of the park

Desert View Watchtower

Desert View Watchtower in winter

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  • Mule trips

    Your best 3 days in Grand Canyon

    Descend into the canyon on foot or by mule, experience the nightlife, or see an overlooked overlook during your ultimate Grand Canyon adventure


Breakfast at El Tovar Hotel. Treat yourself to a Southwestern style breakfast of blue corn pancakes with prickly pear syrup amid the dining room’s Native American murals. (See Grand Canyon restaurants.)

Hike the Bright Angel Trail.
Just a mile or two, then head back up. (See Best hikes.)

Shop For Native American Crafts.
Hopi House has a large selection of items including baskets, pottery, and Navajo blankets.

Take a ranger-led walk.
The park offers ranger-led walks and talks on topics including geology, Native American history, and natural history.

Road Trip to Desert View.
From Grand Canyon Village, it’s 25 miles to the Watchtower, a masterpiece by Southwest architect Mary Jane Colter. Climb to the top for Colorado River views and to see historic murals by Hopi painter Fred Kabotie.

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