The two main entrances to the park are the South Rim via Flagstaff and Williams, Arizona, and the North Rim via Jacob Lake, Arizona. The South Rim— including all visitor services and facilities—is open 365 days a year. However, the North Rim services and facilities inside the park are open only from mid-May to mid-October.
Public transportation directly to the canyon is limited, so most visitors drive through the captivating desert landscapes. Interstate 40 is the most common route to the South Rim. It runs east-west between New Mexico and southern California, passing Flagstaff and Williams. Arizona Route 64 meets I-40 at Williams and shoots up north 60 miles (97 kilometers) to the South Rim. The only way to get to the North Rim is through Jacob Lake, some 100 miles (160 kilometers) southeast of Interstate 15 between Las Vegas and Salt Lake City on U.S. Route 89A. The last 44 miles (71 kilometers) to the North Rim are on Highway 67.
Those arriving by plane often fly into Phoenix, Salt Lake City, or Las Vegas, and then rent a vehicle or take a bus the rest of the way. The South Rim is 278 miles (447 kilometers) from Las Vegas and 231 miles (372 kilometers) from Phoenix. The North Rim is 264 miles (425 kilometers) from Las Vegas and 351 miles (565 kilometers) from Phoenix. There are a few reasonably priced flights to the Grand Canyon National Park Airport via Grand Canyon Airlines and Scenic Airlines. Air tours are also available. For these flights, visit www.scenic.com or www.grandcanyonairlines.com or call 1-866-2FLY-GCA.
Train riders can be caught in an old-fashioned shoot-out or train robbery on the historic Grand Canyon Railway. The train runs daily in the summer, departing from Williams. Musicians stroll throughout the cars and liven up the ride, which cuts through prairies and pines. The train runs all year except December 24 and 25. Round-trip fares range from $140 to $155 for adults. For reservations, visit www.thetrain.com or call 1-800-THE-TRAIN (1-800-843-8724).