One less-utilized entry level is the east entrance, 25 miles west of Cameron, Ariz., on the Navajo Nation. Both entrances, divided by 23 scenic miles alongside the canyon’s rim, result in the identical spot on the Grand Canyon Visitor Center.
“Check the wait times online,” Mr. Mohn stated. “But the biggest bottleneck is going to be at the south entrance.”
After lingering on the first overlook at Mather Point, many individuals go away with out exploring different areas, a missed alternative, stated Mr. Mohn, particularly for many who need to take within the grandeur with out human chatter or iPhones held aloft.
“There are tons of different viewpoints on the South Rim, and people get stuck around the south entrance, and then they kind of tire out,” he stated. The walkable Rim Trail, which stretches from Mather Point alongside the southern rim for 13 miles, has designated outlooks for a extra private expertise. An even simpler technique to entry the paths alongside the South Rim is through the use of a park shuttle to the trailheads.
Desert View Drive, the picturesque highway that runs from Grand Canyon Village on the south entrance to the Desert View Services Area on the east entrance, additionally has quite a few locations to cease for dramatic views.
And a north entrance, 30 miles south of Jacob Lake, Ariz., on Highway 67, has a customer’s middle that places folks on the North Rim the place they’ll discover significantly extra solitude; solely 10 % of holiday makers go to the North Rim, in keeping with the N.P.S. If time permits, drive to Toroweap Overlook, about 50 miles west of the customer middle, to get a spectacularly vertical view of the Colorado River, however plan rigorously as a result of the highway can get tough.