So, you’re taking a trip to the Grand Canyon? Lucky you! The stunning views have been enjoyed by nature enthusiasts for generations. The size of the Canyon can be daunting though. There are so many things to see and do—it is impossible to cover all of it in a day or two. So, let’s talk more about how long you need to truly take in the Canyon along with some of your best options for Grand Canyon tours.
What’s Your Purpose?
The most important thing to consider is if you’re just wanting to casually see the Canyon or to fully immerse yourself in it. Are you looking to just take a quick picture and show your family, or are you looking to take a backpacking trip for five days? Your purpose and what you want to see will tell you how much time you need to see the Canyon. This varies greatly from person to person. A 1-day tour will offer you a memorable day seeing one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. If you’re doing a backpacking expedition, however, you’ll need at least three to five days. Some others stay longer to enjoy the many activities the Canyon has to offer.
Activities in the Grand Canyon
If you’re looking for a more casual experience, start with the visitor’s centers. They are only open on certain days of the week, but they have great information about the Canyon itself. If you’re looking for more adventurous activities, you can partake in trail riding, rafting, biking, mule rides and more.
If you’re interested in the Grand Canyon’s West Rim, booking a sunset tour or a Grand Canyon West tour could be the perfect excursion! Sunset tours leave from Las Vegas a little later in the day, so you can relax in the morning. On this tour, you’re driven through one of the largest Joshua Tree forests. On the Grand Canyon West Day Tour, you will also visit Eagle Point and experience the native culture and dwellings of the Hualapai tribe, as well as have the option to upgrade your tour to include the famous Skywalk.
How Long Will It Take You to Go from Rim to Rim?
The Grand Canyon from rim to rim is around 24 miles (for hikers). It can be hiked or driven. If you decide to hike, it is usually a two to three day trip for a backpacker. This is a very challenging hike, so if you decide to do it, you need to be trained, in shape, and well equipped. It can be done in less time, but you must be in really good shape and prepared. If you’re planning to drive from rim to rim of the Grand Canyon, it’s just over 200 miles. This will probably take you around five hours (depending on how much you stop.)
Where Is the Best View of the Canyon?
There are many beautiful viewing points at the Grand Canyon. As such, there isn’t just one place with the best view; it’s a matter of opinion. Some people prefer the expansive views from the South Rim. Others prefer the views from the North Rim, which is much less crowded and has more forest and greenery due to its higher elevation. It is also important to note that the south rim is open year-round. The North Rim is open from May to October; since it is a higher elevation, the road is closed during the winter due to more frequent snow and winter weather. Views from the West Rim enjoy beautiful rock formations such as Eagle Point, and almost 360 degree views from atop Guano Point. It also offers views of the river at the distant bottom of the canyon.
No matter what part of the Grand Canyon you decide to explore, you’re in for a treat. It’s scenic, stunning, and has so much to offer. Whether you have a day or an entire week to explore, you’re sure to have an amazing experience!