Tips For Your Trip to the Grand Canyon South Rim

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Congratulations on your decision to visit THE Grand Canyon South Rim. Following are tips that should help you prepare to make this one of the best adventures ever.

If you are driving, remember to keep on the lookout for animals in the road, substantially before you arrive at the gates of the Grand Canyon. 

Always have plenty of water with you, preferably reuseable/refillable containers.



Book as far in advance as possible. Recommended site is: Grand Canyon Lodges (or call:888-29PARKS 297-2757 or 303-29PARKS 297-2757.) Book for as many days as you can, it is easier to cancel or shorten your visit than it is to try to get an extra day once you arrive. *Note: I currrently work with Xanterra in the Yavapai Lodge. Living and working in a national park was on my bucket list. THE Grand Canyon is a paradise in its own right.

Cellular Service

If cellular service is important to you--bring Verizon. You may be in a contract--but again, if cellular service is important you can buy an inexpensive phone for prepay service. Some sales people may tell you that prepaid won't work in the canyon, it does in fact work in Grand Canyon Village and on some nearby trails.

Otherwise, you can make local and 800# calls from your room or the lobby. If you need long distance, the solution is to buy a calling card. You may want to bring one with you, although you can buy one from the General store. 


This is Monsoon season. It gets hot; it also gets chilly in the early morning. However, most guests are very pleased with the temperature after visiting Las Vegas and surrounding areas.You can expect short thunderstorms as well as luxurious blue skies. You may be granted with a heavenly sunrise and sunset; you may get a day when the glory is obscurred. Whatever the case, if you try and catch sunrise--the beautiful palettes of colors start rolling in about 30 minutes before actual sunrise. Please dress for a chilly morning (Think mid spring or mid fall. Some people bring their favorite blanket and a thermos of coffee). Pre-Sunrise at Grand Canyon by Suzi Woods


People from around the world gather for sunrise at Grand Canyon, by Suzi Woodspeople enjoying sunrise at Grand Canyon


Please pay attention to the signs and do not attempt to feed or pet the animals which roam freely wherever they please. Personally, I prefer not to turn my back on the grown elk if I know they are there. However, if they are not communicating in their squeaky language, you may not know they are there.

Elk roam freely Elk gathering to watch people at the Rec center

Just as vacations to the Mississippi Coast can be negatively impacted by a child/toddler getting jelly fish stings, the same with squirrel bites in the Grand Canyon. Yes, they REALLY bite fingers. Top that off--fines by the Park Service bite as well. 

Grand Canyon Squirrel by Suzi Woods


More later. Thank you for visiting.

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Sharon & Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette, IN - Lafayette, IN
West Lafayette homes for sale

This is great advise for people wanting to visit the Grand Canyon area, Suzi!  We have always wanted to visit and it is great to have additional sources like this to refer to when traveling.  Well done!

Aug 10, 2013 05:28 AM
M. Suzi Woods (Gravenstuk)
NOW Sharing the life and spice of the GC one day at a time - Grand Canyon, AZ
Suzi Woods, Prior Independent REBroker in MS

Very kind of you--and thanks. Its quite an experience as a working vacation. I have gained very interesting experience sharing the Grand Canyon with international visitors and workers. There is nothing like witnessing people from around the world gathering to watch a sunrise.Sunrise at Mather point Grand Canyon by Suzi Woods

I encourage you to visit as soon as you can.  Thanks agaan.

Aug 10, 2013 05:57 AM
Charles Stallions Property Manager
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services - Pace, FL
Pensacola, Pace & Gulf Breeze Property Management

We are trying to make it there on our way out to San Franciso so thanks for sharing

Aug 10, 2013 08:34 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

I love all the information you've given us for a trip to the Grand Canyon.,

Aug 10, 2013 11:13 AM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Suzi, the grandest part of being there is catching the sunrise.  With it each day and location becomes more inspiring the more you explore.  Once is never enough! 

Aug 11, 2013 01:41 AM
Hella Mitschke Rothwell
(831) 626-4000 - Honolulu, HI
Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker

Suzi: Have never forgotten going down into the canyon on a mule. I don't advise that for anyone with a week stomach. But mine did get me down safely.

Aug 11, 2013 04:05 AM
M. Suzi Woods (Gravenstuk)
NOW Sharing the life and spice of the GC one day at a time - Grand Canyon, AZ
Suzi Woods, Prior Independent REBroker in MS

Michelle, how is it going in Pensacola? When do you think you will be heading over?

Kathy, I am indeed honored. Thank you.

Kevin, I agree. Visitors often ask us which is the best spot for sunrise and sunset. You can't go wrong. But the above photo at Sharon and Bruce's reply caught sunrise catchers at Mather point. Kind of reminds me of the City of Angels when they gathered at the beach for sunrise. There's a kind of hush... The helicoptors have not stated running yet. I quickly learned that the posted sunrise time catches the sun risen, not the colors coming in. So, hopefully folks will know they should be on spot 30 minutes before curtain call:-)

(I always get a smile when I tell them sunrise/sunset is scheduled for...)

Hella, well done, great advice. I am sure it IS an unforgettable experience. So far, I stick to the RIM. I get good exercise, wonderful views--I am happy. Today I was going to walk from Hermits rest to the Village (about 8 miles), then I was rescued by a sudden monsoon thunderstorm mid way. Fortunately one of our shuttles happened by, broke the rules and made an unplanned stop for me. I was soaked and that was ok. I had not seen the lightening, but the shuttle driver did. He's my hero:-) When I started out there was not a thunder cloud in site...

Aug 11, 2013 09:55 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Thank you for the information. When is the best time of year to visit Grand Canyon ? Does it get cold in November?

Aug 11, 2013 08:24 PM
M. Suzi Woods (Gravenstuk)
NOW Sharing the life and spice of the GC one day at a time - Grand Canyon, AZ
Suzi Woods, Prior Independent REBroker in MS

The best time depends on what experience you are looking for. While much of the country and nearby destinations have been sweltering, we have had cool mornings and evenings. It is Monsoon season however; but so beautiful and the air smells heavenly if you are away from where mules, elk and deer have been. 

I have not lived here in November. First snows do not seem to be expected until December. However, the NPS is my favorite resource other than live personal experience.

Aug 20, 2013 04:19 AM
Wayne Johnson
Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS® - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale

Suzi-I've never been to the Grand Canyon but I do hope to get there one day. Beautiful sunrise photo you took.

Jul 20, 2014 10:39 AM