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Travel Tip 5 - How Do I Get to the Grand Canyon? FLYING:

Most visitors begin their Grand Canyon vacations from one of four metropolitan airports within a day’s drive of the park:

ÓLas Vegas, Nevada (LAS), 280 miles from the South Rim, average drive time 5 hours; 310 miles from the North Rim, average drive time 5.5 hours

ÓPhoenix, Arizona (PHX), 240 miles from the South Rim, average drive time 4.5 hours; 375 miles from the North Rim, average drive time 6.5 hours

ÓSalt Lake City, Utah (SLC), 410 miles from the North Rim, average drive time 7 hours OR ÓAlbuquerque, New Mexico (ABQ), 400 miles from the South Rim, average drive time 7 hours; 490 miles from the North Rim, average drive time 8.5 hours

Commuter flights are also offered into several municipal airports closer to the park: ÓFlagstaff, Arizona (FLG), served by America West/Mesa Airlines out of Phoenix, 85 miles from the South Rim, average drive time 1.5 hours; 230 miles from the North Rim, average drive time 5 hours. ÓPage, Arizona (PGA), served by Great Lakes Airlines out of Phoenix or Denver. 150 miles from the South OR North Rim, average drive time 2.5 hours. ÓSt. George, Utah (SGU), served by Delta/Skywest Airlines out of Salt Lake City, 165 miles from the North Rim, average drive time 3 hours

Car rentals are available at all the above airports. For availability and pricing of flights and car rentals, call (800) 916-8530.

ÓGrand Canyon National Park Airport [South Rim] (GCN) is primarily used as a sightseeing and general aviation airport. Limited scheduled flights are available through Scenic Airlines out of Las Vegas/Boulder City (61B). Charter service is offered from other cities. Located in Tusayan, 1 mile South of the park entrance, drive time to South Rim 10 minutes. No car rentals offered, but taxi service is available on an on-call basis.

DRIVING:

Around here, before you get somewhere, you have to go through a whole lot of nowhere. One of the most challenging aspects of Grand Canyon travel is the distances between places. Things are more spread out here than you’re probably used to, so unless you fly into one of the airports located near the park, be prepared to spend some time behind the wheel. You’re on vacation, so relax and enjoy the scenery! But don’t forget it can be a long way between gas stations, so fill up when you get the chance (see Travel Tip 27 about gas prices).

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