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    • Best place to stay in Sedona

      Sedona Jul 16, 2015 at 1:42 AM

      Is it the Sky Ranch Lodge? The views look awesome. It'll be a once in a life time trip for us as we're not from the US and I think the views would be the main thing to go for in Sedona.

    • Parking Information

      Sedona Jul 12, 2015 at 7:03 PM

      I am planning a hike in Sedona. I was thinking around the area of Deadman's Pass Trail. I read that to park at the trailheads a pass is needed. Is there anywhere for people without a pass to park or is this something that you must have? If it's a must have where can I get one?


    • Red Rock Crossing / Cathedral Rock Trail

      Sedona Jul 21, 2015 at 5:17 PM

      I'm going to Sedona tomorrow. I wanted to check out both red rock crossing and cathedral rock trail. Is there an easy way on foot to get to one from the other or is driving the only way? If it's driving anyone know a fast route? Any information is greatly appreciated.

    • April 2015

      by clareblake501 Online Now Dec 23, 2014 at 1:22 AM

      I would appreciate some advice. In April we are doing an LA road trip and this will include a visit to Vegas and the Grand Canyon. Our plan is to drive to the GC from Vegas and stay one night before heading back to LA via Phoenix. Can you advice what is the best Rim for us to visit at the Canyon and will one night be enough time or should we allow 2 taking into account the drive from Vegas. Also can you recommend accommodation.

      2 Answers Dec 23, 2014 at 9:30 AM
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      Tour south ridge

      by Peteward41 Online Now Sep 25, 2014 at 1:01 PM

      Can anyone suggest a good day tour of south ridge


      6 Answers Sep 27, 2014 at 5:47 AM
    • Safe Winter Snow Driving Conditions (January) from grand canyon to seattle

      by jd_1134 Online Now Jul 20, 2014 at 8:05 AM

      Hi there, we're from overseas, just wanna ask if its worth driving through the mountain route to seattle from grand canyon via salt lake city or idaho/boise pathway. Not sure if there is gonna be heavy snow, would anyone recommend this route. Which route is the safest during travelling from grand canyon to seattle? besides going to back to the coastal route on the west.

      Thank you.

      4 Answers Jul 20, 2014 at 6:04 PM
    • Where to buy tickets?

      by ChristophR86 Online Now Jul 5, 2014 at 8:48 AM

      I am visiting the Grand Canyon in a few weeks. My hotel is in Tusayan and I am planning to go by bus to the GC visitor center. According to the park's homepage, a valid park pass must already be presented when entering the bus. The homepage ( further says that passes are sold in several businesses in Tusayan, e.g. the IMAX theater.

      However, if I got it correctly, then only Vehicle passes are sold in Tusayan but no individual permits. Thus I was wondering where I can get such a pass. The only option I see currently is to walk from Tusayan to the park entrance, buy the ticket, walk back to Tusayan and enter the bus. But this is certainly not how it's intended. I could not find the possibility for online purchases either.

      Thanks in advance for any advices.


      4 Answers Jul 5, 2014 at 9:44 AM
    • Sunset tours by plane

      by susieb0703 Online Now Jun 29, 2014 at 12:54 PM

      I want to book a sunset tour to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon on Thursday 3 July. Scenic Tours has a tour that leaves Las Vegas at 12.30 pm. Can I assume we'd see the sunset if we took this tour?

      4 Answers Jun 29, 2014 at 3:20 PM
    • Look Tours

      by caribesunlover Online Now Jun 12, 2014 at 9:17 AM

      Has anyone heard of and/or taken a tour to the Grand Canyon through Look tours operating out of Las Vegas? They offer pick up & delivery service at your hotel, take you to the new arch overlooking the Canyon, stop at Hoover Dam
      and include lunch at a few choices. Need to know if they are reliable and if the tour is a good one. Thank you.

      3 Answers Jun 12, 2014 at 1:08 PM
    • Sunrise Location along South Rim?

      by mL78 Online Now Apr 14, 2014 at 12:44 PM

      I am planning to take my wife to the Grand Canyon for her birthday and want to be there for the sunrise in June. Will be driving most of the night and arriving to the Grand Canyon Village area sometime around 4am. From what I've read it seems you can enter the park at any time of day.

      Wondering if there is a good place(s) we could drive our car to and park to see the sunrise (from the car); possible short walk ok too (as we'll be driving all night and probably not up for a major hike).


      2 Answers May 27, 2014 at 5:35 AM
    • One Day Itinerary to Grand Canyon- South Rim

      by trabac Online Now Apr 5, 2014 at 9:23 AM

      what's the best itinerary, traveling from Las Vegas hotel via car to Grand Canyon south rim. Planning to camp for only one night and would like to see hoover dam. Not sure if I should tour hoover dam prior to arriving GC. My main focus of the trip is viewing sunset and sunrise from viewpoints.

      5 Answers Apr 6, 2014 at 2:50 PM
    • Can I enter the park at night?

      by maximus3219 Online Now Feb 27, 2014 at 9:41 PM

      All the hotels inside grand caynon are fully booked, so I am going to stay in one of the hotels near the south entrance e.g. grand canyon resort. I am wondering whether I could enter the park again at night, once I head back to the hotel after sunset?

      2 Answers Feb 28, 2014 at 9:13 AM
    • Snow chains needed

      by harmattie Online Now Dec 5, 2013 at 1:35 AM

      We will be traveling to the south rim around the 25th of December. We will be coming from Los Angeles and heading towards Santa Fe in a rental car. We are concerned about driving a rental car through snowy mountain roads. Are you aware if snow chains would be required?

      5 Answers Dec 7, 2013 at 10:00 AM
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      Grand Canyon to re-open tomorrow!

      by goodfish Online Now Oct 11, 2013 at 6:08 PM

      The canyon will open to visitors tomorrow (10/12) with state of Arizona funding through the rest of the upcoming week. Hopefully a budget agreement during the next 7 days will return operations to the federal funding and keep it open beyond that point.

      I'm assuming this may only be the South Rim as the North Rim usually closes up about this time of year but I'll update this post as more info becomes available.

      4 Answers Oct 13, 2013 at 5:22 AM
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      Government Shutdown USA

      by baldurontour Online Now Oct 7, 2013 at 8:32 AM

      Hi VTs!

      It is October and the news sys all parks in USA are shutdown! Is it still possible to drive to Grand Canyon by private tour? Is it "impossible" to reach the grand canyons? Please help if any one has been there since the 1st October 2013...thanks!


      22 Answers Oct 12, 2013 at 5:31 AM
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      How is it with the entrance to the park itself?

      by AdrianaP8 Online Now Jun 25, 2013 at 3:54 AM

      Hello. So I am travelling with a group of 4, we are only 18 - 21 years old. We are not planning to stay in GC we just want to see the sunset, so I am wondering, if we leave Las Vegas (with a car) at 10am and arrive to GC at cca 3pm, how long are the waiting lines into the park, will we have to wait for hours in lines, or we just drive there, pay the entrance fee or whatever, park our car and take the bus that park offers? Can we be out of the park, on our way if we want to leave at 8pm? We really just want to see the sunset and maybe a small part, really really small part of GC, but our parents and friends are all like: you can wait in lines for hours, that plan to be in GC for only 5 hours won't work etc....

      12 Answers Jun 25, 2013 at 9:26 AM
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      2 week trip Vegas to Denver via Grand Canyon

      by deb101 Online Now Jun 22, 2013 at 7:45 AM

      We have 2 weeks to get from Las Vegas to Denver
      Thinking of
      monument valley
      Bryce Canyon

      We are happy to walk as long as it isn't too strenuous and not for more than an hour or two.
      Need some help as to how many nights to stay at each and where
      Also in GC what are the must sees


      6 Answers Jun 22, 2013 at 6:12 PM
    • Visit in Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

      by micdai2000 Online Now Jun 1, 2013 at 10:17 AM

      I have 3 days and 3 night time in visiting Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona and I will stay at Wailliams. Can anyone have suggestion for my visit ?

      6 Answers Jun 19, 2013 at 8:13 AM
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      Grand Canyon to LA via Route 66

      by mickey.p Online Now Apr 28, 2013 at 11:15 AM

      I'm just organising a multi centre trip to the US and I am spending 5 nights in Vegas and then I am going to drive to the Grand Canyon and stay 1 night there. I believe you can get to route 66 to from the GC but just wondering how as the driving directions from Vegas all take me to the North Canyon. I know that route 66 is south of the Canyon so how would you join it and how long would it take?
      Finally where would be a good midway point to stay for 1 night on route 66 before leaving for LA the next day?

      6 Answers May 6, 2013 at 11:59 AM
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      Surprise for husband

      by IrishRose1 Online Now Feb 17, 2013 at 6:36 PM

      My husband has always wanted to take a helicopter over the Grand Canyon. He will be 67 and I am hoping to surprise him with a trip in May 2014. I need suggestions for places to stay, activities that do not require a lot of walking and suggestions on air tours. I am thinking a budget of $3000 for the trip from Michigan.

      8 Answers Jun 8, 2013 at 8:02 PM
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      Time planning in Grand Canyon

      by robbye77 Online Now Feb 16, 2013 at 2:20 PM

      Hi all, I'm about to drive from Las Vegas to G.C. shortly. I'm quite confused trying to plan how much time I will need. My pland is basically this: day 1: leaving LV early in the morning, driving to GC, enjoying the GC 'till sunset, staying overnight day 2: driving around towards Page day 3: visiting Antelope Canyon day 4: driving back to LV and flying out in late afternoon.

      Got some questions: - where to spend the first night? GC village or somewhere else? Or could I be able on the same day to drive towards east a bit more or even to Page saving one night? - if I stay the last night in Page, can I leave early in the morning to be in LV on time to catch my flight around 5pm or is it too much?

      We're not hiking so we'll spend time slowly driving around stopping all the times we'll like or using the shuttle bus service.

      7 Answers Feb 17, 2013 at 3:37 AM
    • Best route from GC South Rim to Zion & Bryce NP

      by jackberry Online Now Jan 31, 2013 at 10:11 AM

      Will be traveling from Grand Canyon leaving via east gate to Zion & Bryce NP via Kanab in mid May. Which hwy would be the most scenic 89 or 89A, In no hurry will likely overnight around Marble canyon. Also any interesting things to look for.

      2 Answers Jan 31, 2013 at 1:38 PM
    • East Rim Lookouts

      by helenslea Online Now Nov 20, 2012 at 7:29 PM

      We will be travelling from Phoenix to Grand Canyon Village on December 27th and are planning on going from Flagstaff along East Rim Drive. There appear to be a lot of lookouts along the road. Should we go to all of these or, if not, which ones should we concentrate on?

      4 Answers Nov 21, 2012 at 12:46 PM
    • 1 or 2 Nights at Grand Canyon Village in December

      by helenslea Online Now Oct 30, 2012 at 3:07 AM

      Hi. Just wanting opinions. We are a family of 2 adults and 3 teenage girls travelling to the US in December. We are flying from New York to Phoenix on December 27th arriving in Phoenix at 10.30am and plan to drive straight to Grand Canyon National Park. Assuming we will get there mid afternoon we will get to some time to see the canyon that afternoon, see the sunset and stay overnight to see the sunrise the next morning. The question is, we can either stay another night at the Grand Canyon giving us a full day there then driving to Las Vegas and having 3 nights in Las Vegas. Or we could spend most of the day at the Grand Canyon then drive to Las Vegas later that day and have 4 nights in Las Vegas. Things to keep in mind are that the children do not like hiking but the adults prefer country regions to city ones.

      10 Answers Nov 9, 2012 at 9:47 AM
    • Free Park Bus Service

      by stephenao Online Now Feb 21, 2012 at 10:08 PM

      I'll be in GC (Sourth Rim) on 5/9 for 2 days, can anyone advise if the bus service will operate and how do I get the schedule and routes?

      Greatly appreciated your feedback soon

      7 Answers Feb 22, 2012 at 2:57 PM
    • Grand Canyon South Rim in 1 day and a half

      by Urbanomad Online Now Jan 11, 2012 at 11:49 AM


      I will be travelling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon Village (South Rim)on the 7th of June 2012. We will be departing Las Vegas around 08:00 AM and should arrive at 13:00 at Grand Canyon Village.

      Since our schedule is pretty tight we are thinking of spending the rest of the afternoon at the Village and around that area. The next day we will continue around that area and try to fit in as many activities as possible. After that, around 07:00 PM we will drive to Page.

      Based on this initial itinerary can anyone help answer some of my questions?:

      1. From Las Vegas to Grand Canyon Village are there many restaurants and gas stations?
      1. Do you think the time we spend at Grand Canyon Village and around is enough?
      2. What should we do / see while we are at the Grand Canyon Village?
      3. On our way to Page are there other sites of interest? Along the road can we see the Canyon?

      Thanks in Advance!

      8 Answers Jan 13, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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      Visiting Grand Canyon

      by Oscar_Nonis Online Now Dec 18, 2011 at 9:59 PM

      Hello VTers,

      I'm visiting Grand Canyon for the second time on 21st December.

      This is specially for fun and take photographs. Any tips are appreciated.

      Hope to meet some VTers if possible

      4 Answers Nov 9, 2012 at 10:03 AM
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      Need your advice on our short visit...PLEASE

      by Patricia286 Online Now Nov 4, 2011 at 8:45 AM

      We will be leaving NV for the South Rim tomorrow morning on 11/5/11, around 9 or 10 am. We then have a 3.5 hour drive. We would like to see the sunset tomorrow evening at 5:29 pm. Also we thought about getting up and doing the sunrise Sunday morning at 6:56 am. Now take into account that this area is going to get 3-6 inches of snow from tonight till Saturday 8am. We are very excited to be visiting for our 1st time. It is going to be very cold. BRRRR.... We have to leave Sunday afternoon to get back to Nevada. So we only have Saturday afternoon & Sunday to do as much as we can.
      Should we park our cars & take the free shuttles?
      Would we have time to do all three?
      Should we do them all or should we just concentrate on one or two routes?
      Should we spend the time & drive the 25 miles to do the Desert View Drive?

      I don't want to be rushed thru anything. I just want to stop & smell the roses so to speak. I love photography so it's a little overwhelming trying to figure out our schedule for such a short time of being there. Any help would be great. We are staying in Tusayan for Saturday night.

      5 Answers Nov 4, 2011 at 1:19 PM
    • What type of weather can we expect arount Nov. 21?

      by blueswade Online Now Oct 2, 2011 at 7:45 PM

      What type of weather can be expected around November 21st on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon? Will it be cold?...How cold?...Is snow a definite possibility?
      Is the view of the canyon clear during this time of year?

      3 Answers Oct 3, 2011 at 7:42 AM
    • Smooth Rafting or River Trips

      by tats1952 Online Now Sep 6, 2011 at 4:30 AM

      I have read about the smooth rafting from River Discovery which operate from Page, is there any other trips like this a bit closer to the Canyon, we dont want a tour we have a car so Im just wondering if an overnight in Page would be the way to go if this is the only place for the river trips.

      Also, earlier in our itinery we are coming from Las Vegas I believe by reading an other members post Havasui falls/peach springs is on our route, does anyone know if you can get right up to the falls by car or how far if on foot from the car parking spot.

      thanks mo

      3 Answers Sep 6, 2011 at 5:58 AM
    • Will be coming to Grand Canyon October - lots of advice

      by tats1952 Online Now Aug 29, 2011 at 1:32 PM

      We fly into vegas and stay for 4 nights, hopefully will see death valley and Hoover dam, and lake mead. Have booked Red Feather lodge just outside the Canyon as there was no availablity on south rim.

      Would we need to book the helicopter ride beforehand or can it be booked when we arrive.

      Can we get the National Park passes from Vegas or do they have to be got at the first park, I am getting the80 all parks.

      Can I drive over there on a UK license

      I was reading a thread about monument on east side, does anyone know what distance is between east and south.

      Do you get the detailed walks on arrival at the park, Toms mobility wont allow walking for miles I am hoping not all trails are for miles

      20 Answers Aug 30, 2011 at 3:35 PM
    • Last minute visit July 5/6, 2011 - Grand Canyon South Rim

      by novascotiacaper Online Now Jun 27, 2011 at 11:04 AM

      4 of us decided to make a last minute trip to Las Vegas from Eastern Canada from July 2-9, 2011. We want to visit the Grand Canyon South Rim - I myself have been to the West Rim but no one else in my party has been anywhere near.

      We will be renting a car for sure and I was thinking about leaving from Vegas mid morning and driving over on July 5th, staying overnight possibly at the BEST WESTERN Grand Canyon Squire Inn for the night (all Lodges in the park are booked). We would then have the afternoon/evening to see things and then the next day as well. We won't be in a rush to get back to Vegas but will definitely head back that day.

      2 of us are into hiking and 2 aren't as much, but we definitely want to try to get out and do something. Since July is going to be hot there, can you make recommendations on hiking trails nearby, I read the most about Bright Angel Trail because there is water and shade, but I am open to all suggestions.

      We like to cram as much into our time as possible! Any suggestions on the hotel, itinerary, where to eat, what to see and where to hike would be much appreciated!

      10 Answers Jul 1, 2011 at 5:55 AM

      by ricik Online Now Jun 4, 2011 at 2:19 PM

      We´re not experienced snow drivers(never driven in snow and/or with snow chains).
      We´ll go to Grand Canyon in Dec 12 with a route as follows:
      We won´t be able to use snow chains because it´s a rental.
      What are the chances of hitting snow on the way to Williams and on the way Grand Canyon?
      Appreciate all the help we can get!

      19 Answers Jun 13, 2011 at 8:01 AM