Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

2 Albright Ave, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona 86023

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Make a trip to the Grand Canyon extra special by signing kids up for the Junior Ranger program. Programs are divided into three groups starting with ages four through seven qualifying as "Ravens." The 8 to 10 age group gets to call themselves the "Coyotes" and the 11 to 14's are the "Scorpions." Pick up a Junior Ranger magazine and complete the requirements listed for the appropriate age group. This program is available year-round and makes the experience even better.

For the little ones in the family, Grand Canyon children's tours are available. Hiking adventures usually start at the Bright Angel Trail and are led by instructors. Kids as young as six years old can participate. Rock paintings can be seen along the trails from earlier inhabitants of the Canyon. For those in the family who like to live on the edge, the Grand Canyon Skywalk, a70-foot transparent walkway, is a tourist favorite.

When the family gets tired of hiking, all can take a load off with a ride on the Grand Canyon Railway. This train operates between Williams and the South Rim, and offers entertainment such as mock bandits and Christmas celebrations. During the holidays, the railway turns into the “Polar Express," a fun ride with Santa that is perfect for the smaller set.

No matter how families choose to explore this must-see attraction, lasting memories and brilliant photos are always created at the Grand Canyon.

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The South Rim is the most popular area to visit; the North Rim is much less built up and closed during winter months. Make sure you enter the park from the correct side; it takes five hours to drive from the South Rim Village to the North Rim Village. Thanks to the huge variation of altitude through the canyon, temperatures can shift vastly throughout the day, so dress accordingly. Finally, pack lots of water; the climate is dry and the elevation makes dehydration common during a hike.


Address: 2 Albright Ave, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona 86023

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Phone: 928-638-7888
URL: http://www.nps.gov/grca/index.htm
Hours: Open 24 hours More Info
Price: Cars: $25; People entering by foot, bicycle, motorcycle or with non-commercial group: $12. Admission is for seven days and includes entrance to both the North and South Rum. More Info

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An amazing experience!

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I wouldn't recommend hiking down the canyon with little ones though. My son was 8 months and in a back pack so it wasnt too bad. but there are no side rails or anything and it's quite dangerous.

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Consider arranging your trip through a travel company rather than attempting to navigate on your own. The park is HUGE. Definitely plan for more than one day.

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