Park Fees and Permits
A fee of $25 per vehicle or $12 per person for pedestrians and cyclists is good for one week's access at both rims.
The $50 Grand Canyon Pass gives unlimited access to the park for 12 months. The annual America the Beautiful National Parks and Recreational Land Pass (888/275–8747 store.usgs.gov/pass,$80) provides unlimited access to all national parks and federal recreation areas for 12 months.
No permits are needed for day hikers, but backcountry permits (928/638–7875 www.nps.gov/grca,$10, plus $5 per person per night) are necessary for overnight hikers camping below the rim. Permits are limited, so make your reservation as far in advance as possible—they're taken by fax (928/638–2125), by mail (1824 S. Thompson St., Suite 201, Flagstaff, AZ 86001), or in person at the Backcountry Information centers (in the village on the South Rim and near the visitor center on the North Rim) up to four months prior to your arrival. A limited number of last-minute permits are available for the corridor campgrounds (Indian Garden, Bright Angel, and Cottonwood) each day.Camping in the park is restricted to designated campgrounds (877/444–6777 www.recreation.gov).
All visitors (except Native Americans with a valid tribal ID) entering the Havasu Indian Reservation are required to pay an entrance fee ($35) and a $5-per-person environmental care fee, which is refunded to those who carry a bag of garbage back out of the canyon. Entrance fees are paid upon arrival at the tribal tourism office. Admission fees to Hualapai Reservation are $29.95 per person plus an $8 impact fee per person.
The South Rim is open continuously every day of the year (weather permitting), while the North Rim is open mid-May through October. The park is in the Mountain Standard Time zone year-round. Daylight Saving Time isn’t observed.
Cell Phone Reception
Cell phone coverage can be spotty at both the South Rim and North Rim—though Verizon customers report better reception at the South Rim. Don’t expect a strong signal anywhere in the park.