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Good luck and stay safe on your pet friendly travels to the Grand Canyon! Here is some useful General Park info we've gathered to help plan your trip:

The Grand Canyon is 277 miles long and up to 18 miles wide, and the stretch in the National Park (abbreviated NPS here on) is separated into South and North Rims, all completely within Arizona, and bisected by the Colorado River. There is rugged terrain with narrow, rocky trails and steep cliffs. The average distance across the canyon is only 10 miles, and note it is a 5-hour drive and 220 miles between the South Rim Village and the North Rim Village. Scenery, climate and vegetation are noticably different between north and south rims because of differences in elevation. It is almost like having two parks in one and it takes time, planning and effort to be able to visit both sides of the Canyon in one trip.

Below Yavapai point is 2400 feet above sea level, about 4500 feet below the South Rim and 5400 feet below the North Rim, but an average depth of about one mile

The South Rim is most popular (90% of visitors) and it is open yearround. The South Rim is on the Arizona side, and it has an airport and rail service and is a 90 minute drive from I-40 and the cities of Williams and Flagstaff, Arizona, and 4 hour drive to Phoenix. The North Rim of the park is located on the Utah side of the canyon, and it is more remote and harder to get to, only open May 15th through October 15; the North Rim entrance is near the Ghost Town of Ryan, AZ, 30 miles south of Jacob Lake, although the actual rim of the Grand Canyon and visitor service center are another 14 miles south of the entrance station ); no airport or rail service to the park. (Map).

Link to PDF of Grand Canyon Pocket Map

Admission Info:

**Fast entry into the Park: use the Official Pay Station located in the National Geographic® Visitor Center (Map), a special entry lane then allows vehicles to circumvent the heavy traffic lanes and enter the Park with virtually no delay. There is no additional fee for using the National Geographic Visitor Center Pay Station.

Admission fee lasts 7 days and includes entrance to both South Rim and North Rim; $30/Private Vehicle; $15.00/individual (when entering by foot, bicycle, park shuttle bus, Grand Canyon Railway and private rafting trip) FREE for Ages 15 and younger. $10/Senior Pass ("America the Beautiful" Pass- lifetime National Parks for up to 4 admission in car")

**Free Entrance Days: typically, free entrance is offered on holidays like Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents Day Weekend, National Park Week (Apr 15-16, 22-23, 2017), August 25 (Nat'l Park Service B-day), and Veterans Day Weekend.

Click here for an Organized Google Docs with links to maps and other info for Grand Canyon National Park Entrance Info, Fees, and where to Buy Tickets! (Google Doc)

National Park Useful Service Website Links:

WARNING: The South Rim of Grand Canyon averages 7,000 feet / 2,134 meters above sea level. Visitors with respiratory or heart problems may experience difficulties. Exercising at this elevation can be strenuous. Please use caution and when engaging in any physical activities and use care not to push yourself. Always check the weather before exercising outside.

**Visitors using wheelchairs or who have visual impairments may need assistance, although there are some of the paved portions of the trail Rim Trail and the Greenway Trail.

**Persons wishing to take a service animal below the rim must check-in first
at the Backcountry Information Center (Map).


   Addresses/Maps/Description/Restrictions
Grand Canyon South Rim Dog Friendly Hiking Trails and Points of Interest

Grand Canyon South Rim

(928) 638-7888 (Main Park Phone for general questions)

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Grand Canyon Hikes:

The Grand Canyon has several entrance areas, but the most popular is the South Rim and leashed pets welcome on the South Rim and on trails "above the rim":

 

Paved Rim Trail - 12 mile (25.2 miles round trip), mostly paved trail with excellent views of the canyon; there are severeal shuttle stops along the way but dogs are NOT allowed in the shuttles; many of the overlooks have unrestricted views of the other side of the canyon, sometimes as far as 40 miles

  • This is a great trail for beginners and those who haven't been to the Grand Canyon, it is well maintained, level and easy to walk and navigate with plenty of signs; mostly paved, although beyond Monument Creek it is hard-packed dirt
  • Starting on this trail gives you a chance to really understand the layout and location of other trails, there are signs marking sitance to next point of interest, which are all pretty close together

South Rim Visitor Center Trail: 3.7 mile out-and-back, paved, easy level and heavily-trafficked trail where leashed dogs are welcome; this trail connects the visitor center to a restaurant toward the end;

  • Wheelchair and kid-friendly that has no steep inclines, and 288 foot total incline
  • Trail is lined with markers to show you how far you've traveled both in feet and in years like an earth time line, with the types of rocks formed around the times marked on the trail, very educational

Tip from a Visitor: "If you get the opportunity, look at the night sky over the Canyon here. It's unpolluted with the light that perhaps contaminates your own views at home. I lied with my girlfriend (now wife) on the ground (aware of scorpions) and counted the meteors streaking over the Milky Way, and remember the quality of the air there, and the smells. It remains one of my fondest memories."

Grand Canyon Sunrise/ Sunset Times and Moon Phases (from NPS Website)

To visit the West side of the trail, which is less busy but has more incline and less pavement, such as Hermits Rest, novices usually need to take the shuttle, and it does NOT allow dogs on it, so you are restricted to Grand Canyon Village and all the stops along the east rim

  • Area of trail near the Village is handicapped accessible with interpretive geology markers

*Remember the elevation is 7,000 ft so you will need to rest more than usual!

**Also, the weather can be very hot during the summer and can be snowing during the winter, so plan accordingly. And be sure you or your pup do not get too close to the edge!

South Pocket Map with detailed info about facilities, service, and landmarks! (Printable PDF)

Back Country Hiking Info, Map, and detailed info link (Printable PDF from NPS)

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Dog Parks near the Grand Canyon:

Hermit Road is located west of Grand Canyon Village and follows the South Rim for 8 miles with scenic overlooks; it is closed to private vehicles except Decem-Feb; Many people walk Hermit Road and take the shuttle bus back to Grand Canyon Village, people with dogs cannot do that. Be sure to consider the mileage you are walking, so you and your dog have the energy to return to the village by foot Map

Hermit Trail - mod-hard level trailfor experienced hikers with steep, rugged, and mostly unmaintained; the whole trail is 15.9 miles, out-and-back, starting near Tuba City, AZ, at the Hermit Trailhead, and featuring a river and accessible year-round;

  • Hermit Trail follows the South Rim's Hermit Creek drainage for 8 miles with scenic overlooks to the Hermit Creek campsite, and ends on the Colorado River at Granite Rapid at 10.3 miles
  • One option is hiking to Santa Maria Spring, 2.5 miles from trailhead, about 5 miles round trip; water is available here, and it is an ideal day hike from the top of the Hermit Trail
  • Another option is hiking to Dripping Springs, about 7 miles round trip

Rim Trail - for families and beginning Grand Canyon hikers, this is a level path that follows the rim's edge for 7.7 miles connecting viewpoints between the Village and Hermits Rest; the 3-miles stretch between Powell Point and Monument Creek is dirt; the Hermit Greenway is a multiuse paved road suitable for bikers and wheelchairs that is 2.5 miles along the rim from Monument Creek to Hermits Rest

Rim Village to Hermit's Rest: (15.4miles round-trip) - road is closed to traffic during tourist season, dogs not allowed on free shuttle buses on the Red Route that run out to Hermit's Rest

  1. Trailview Overlook - beautiful views of the snaking switchbacks off the Bright Angel Trail, the park's most popular hiking path, as hikers make their way to Indian Garden's lush oasis and beyond to the Colorado River; the majestic El Rovar Hotel can also bbe viewed here on the rim
  2. Maricopa Point - first vantage point for sweeping canyon views for travelers heading west down Hermit Road, this is the first stop with sweeping canyon views where the Orphan Mine once operated from 1891 to 1969 extracting copper and uranium
  3. Powell Point - panoramic canyon vistas and a memorial are located here honoring the poineer and explorer John Wesley Powell, who led to first journey down the Colorado River in 1869
  4. Hopi Point - gorgeous overlook that juts out farther than any other viewpoint on the South Rim; this is the best place to watch sunset and the Shiva Temple and Coroaster Temple formations and walls of the canyon seem to light up (if too crowded try Mohave Point nearby); the Grand Canyon is best seen at the "golden hours," the hour after sunrise and before sunset, when the light is low and the walls of the canyon turn amazing shades of red and orange as the light plays off the colorful rocks and crevices (Grand Canyon Sunrise/ Sunset Times)
  5. Mohave Point - outstanding views of the Colorado River 5,000 feet below with 3 rapids in view, Salt Creek, Granite, and Hermit; bring binoculars to see river runners in the white waters, waves in Hermit's Rapids can be up to 20 feet high! (Map)
  6. The Abyss - view from here is 2600 feet straight down over sheer cliffs descending into the Grand Canyon's Redwall Formation, overlooking Monument Creek drainage area (Map)
  7. Monument Creek - here you can peer down into the depths of the drainage, find a paved, multiuse trail from here to Hermits Rest
  8. Pima Point - vantage point with excellent views of the canyon and Colorado River, including Granite Rapid, once the site of an aerial tram in the 1920's (Map)
  9. Hermits Rest - stone structure created by architect Mary Colter and built in 1914 that resembles a hermit's hideaway,now a tourist's outpost at the west end of Hermit Road with a fireplace and front porch, gift shop, snack bar, and restrooms nearby; open 8a-6p (Map)

Hiking to the Bottom of the Canyon is NOT easy! It requires you to be physically fit and conditioned!! It is NOT recommended to do this hike in one day!! Down Bright Angel Trial it is 10 miles one way and on South Kaibab Trail it is 7 miles, but a much steeper 7 miles BEWARE!

If you are unexperienced, we recommend staying "above the rim" and explore all there is there! You can always do a SHORT hike down one of the trails just to get a feel for the trails then come back after much planning and hike to the bottom with an overnight or two.

Hiking to the bottom of the Grand Canyon takes almost a years worth of planning. It's not something you can just show up there and do! Also, hikers who are setting out on treks to the river or the back country or possibly even rim to rim, Note that some of the fittest people in the world have died in the Grand Canyon because they failed to respect its enormity and potential danger.

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Dog Parks near the Grand Canyon:

Tusayan Ruin Walk Trail - 0.3 mile, moderately-trafficked loop trail for any skill-level with scenic views; accessible year-round and used for hiking, walking, and nature trips; incline 39 feet, kid friendly (TripAdvisor)

  • From the East Entrance Station, drive 4 miles West along the East Rim Drive to the Tusayan Museum
  • Tusayan Museum and Tusayan Ruin: (located 3 miles west of Desert View) Open 9:00a-5p FREE Admission;  Map - TripAdvisor

Desert View Visitor Center Trail: 0.9 mile easy level, heavily-trafficked loop trail (Map), open May thru Sept, that is wheelchair friendly, **there are some steep paths and areas with no railings**Leashed dogs welcome, and there are restrooms, a store, a watch tower, and a grill; this trail has scenic views of the east wall of the canyon, to the northeast you can view to Palisades of the Desert which form the SE wall of the Grand Canyon, following those cliffs north there is a significant rock out-cropping called Comanche Point; beyond there, you can barely see a gorge called out by the Little Colorado River; Cedar Mountain is the flat, mesa-like hill to the east

  • From East Entrance Station, Drive West less than a mile on East Rim Drive to Desert View Visitor Center
  • Go early in the AM to avoid the crowds, and bring you may want a sweatshirt because there is a good breeze even in mid-June
  • The tallest point on the South Rim is experienced atop the historic 70 foot tall watch tower, from the observation deck at 7,522 feet elevation, 7 stories tall! (Map); you can see the Colorado River, northeast is the Painted Desert, to the south are the San Fracisco Peaks, and the Marble Canyon is to the north.

**Dogs must be leashed on all trails!

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Trail of Time - easy level, paved rim trail, wheelchair accessible, beginning near the El TovarHotel and ending at Yavapai Point (2.8 miles), featuring education displays along the way and touted as one of the best educational trail in the whole Parks system (TripAdvisor)

Grandview Trail - challenging and very steep 2 mile trail for experienced hikers to Coconino Saddle or 6 miles round trip to Horseshoe Mesa; climb this unmaintained trail for some great scenery (Map - TripAdvisor)

Things to remember about bringing your pet!

  1. Never leave your pet in a parked car - on an 85-degree day, even with car windows slightly open can reach 102 degrees in 10 minutes and 120 degrees after 30 minutes causing rapid organ damage and death
  2. Walk with your dog on the paved trails in the morning or evening when the pavement is cooler, as the pads of their feet can get exctremely hot during the day
  3. Bring plastic bags to clean up after your pet
  4. Leashes no longer than 6 feet

Things to Bring Hiking: Hiking in the Grand Canyon is so demanding that even people in excellent condition often emerge sore and fatigued.

  1. Bring plenty of water for you AND your dog! - the park's elevation is well over a mile-high, and dehydration and a deficiency in the amount of oxygen reaching the tissues (hypoxia) is common, plaguing guests and hikers with headaches and dry mouths plague many visitors; the Parks Service suggests a hiker drink about a hallon of water each day
  2. Bring salty and sweet snacks to help keep electrolytes balanced while drinking lots of water (to prevent a condition called hyponatremia and headaches from dehydration)
  3. Binoculars

**BE SAFE when Hiking:

  • Hike with a slow, steady pace so your body and lungs can accumulate to the gain in elevation and atmosphere
  • REST frequently! The 7000 foot elevation makes breathing harder and the body tires more quickly, taking brief rests often helps avoid longer resting spells and you'll be able to hike farther
  • Always yield to hikers walking up the traill and to mules
  • Signs at the trail heads have strict and specific warnings about what to bring if you are even beginning a short walk into the canyon, as well as stern warnings to NOT ATTEMPT TO HIKE TO THE RIVER AND BACK in a day
  • Plan to take twice as long to climb back up as it does to go down. So if you want to go for a 3 hour hike, go down for an hour and then turn around at that point

Wildlife Notes:

  • Do not attempt to capture or otherwise molest any wildlife.
  • If bitten, contact a ranger by signaling or sending someone for help.
  • Some snakes and scorpions found in the canyon are poisonous; a good rule to follow is to always be aware of where you place your hands and feet; snakebites are rare usualy only occur when people try to handle snakes; frequently, snakes do not inject venom when they bite, but any animal bite should be examined by a physician and monitored for signs of infection
  • Scorpions common in the canyon and are hard to see because of their size and tan color, and stings occur regularly; stings are painful, but they rarely cause serious health problems and emergency medical evacuation is rarely necessary;
  • Avoid stings by shaking out your boots and clothing before dressing, wear shoes (even in camp), and shake out your bedding before climbing into bed; the elderly and very young children are most susceptible to scorpion venom, and if stung, apply cool compresses to the site for pain relief and monitor the victim.

Best Western is Pet Friendly, Everywhere:

Type "Grand Canyon Village" and your dates! Best Western recognizes the ever growing needs for pet friendly accommodations. "We strive to offer our guests and their furry friends a comfortable stay and have done our best to ensure consistency at all of our pet friendly properties. There may be a maximum $20 per day charge for each room with a pet or multiple pets or a maximum per week charge of $100. A refundable damage deposit of up to $50 per stay may be required of all guests with a pet.

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Dog Parks near the Grand Canyon:

  • Mather Campground in Grand Canyon Village - $18/night, Open year round (1-877-444-6667) (link - Map - TripAdvisor - Yelp)

Mather Campground Trail: 1 mile, moderate-skill level, moderately-trafficked trail, accessible year-round, with beautiful wild flowers and other activities

    • From South Entrance Station, drive North on S Entrance Rd, pass East Rim Drive and turn West on West Rim Dr; continue Around Bend to Campground Acess Road immediately before the Park Headquarters and Visitor Center
  • Desert View Campground 26 miles east of the village: - $12/night, Open mid-May - mid-Oct, no reservations needed (link - Map - TripAdvisor)
  • For RVs, the Trailer Village in Grand Canyon Village- $35/night, Open year round, (link - Map - TripAdvisor - Yelp)
  • Throughout the "developed" areas.

Dogs must be leashed at all times in the campgrounds and may not be left unattended

National Park Service Camping Info Link

Backcountry Permit Info (if you wish to camp anywhere in the park overnight other than developed campgrounds or hike off major trails, you must request and reserve a permit BEFORE your visit to Grand Canyon National Park by contacting the Backcountry Rangers at (520) 638 2125 or visit www.canyon.com/nps

 

Pets NOT permitted:

  • below the rim - AKA "inner canyon"
  • on park buses
  • in park lodging
    dogs and cats must be boarded in the kennel (above) EXCEPT those staying with their owners in a pet friendly room at Yavapai Lodge West

Pets can also be boarded in the South Rim Kennel at the South Rim near Maswik Lodge: (928) 638-0534
Operated by Xanterra Parks & Resorts.

Pets are not permitted in guestrooms in any of the Grand Canyon National Park Lodges and must be boarded at the kennel, and reservations are recommended (especially for the summer months and holidays). Pets are accepted for day or overnight boarding and food is included.

Open Daily: 7:30a-5p
Proof of vaccination must be provided upon entering the kennel.

  • Dogs- rabies, DHLP, bordetella, and parvo.
  • Cats- rabies, feline leukemia, and distemper combo (FDVR).

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Dog Parks near the Grand Canyon:

Feel like taking a tour? Well-behaved dogs are allowed on the Geology Walk. 1 hour park ranger guided tour, a leisurely walk along a 3/4 mile paved rim trail. They discuss how the Grand Canyon was created and more. The tour departs at 11am daily (weather permitting) from the Yavapai Observation Station.

Map

Grand Canyon National Park Museums and Visitors Centers

Grand Canyon Visitors Centers and Museums

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Dog Parks near the Grand Canyon:

South Rim

  • Grand Canyon Visitor Center: (Located by Mather Point) Open 8a – 5p, 7 days (summer hours); Google Map

  • Backcountry Information Center: (Located In the Village Historic District just east of the Maswik Lodge) Open 8a–noon and 1p–5p Map

  • Verkamp’s Visitor Center: (Located just east of the El Tovar Hotel and Hopi House) Open 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. daily (summer hours);  Map

  • Yavapai Geology Museum and Park Store: (Located one mile east of Market Plaza) Open 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. daily (summer hours);  Map

  • Kolb Studio:  (Located  in the Village Historic District at the Bright Angel trailhead) Open 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (summer hours);  Map

  • National Geographic Grand Canyon Visitor Center - Map

North Rim Visitor Center and Park Store: (located adjacent to the parking lot on Bright Angel Peninsula, by the Grand Canyon Lodge) Open 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. daily, mid-May to mid-October;  Map

  • Desert View Visitor Center (located  25 miles east of Grand Canyon Village Open 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. daily (summer hours);  Map

  • Tusayan Museum and Tusayan Ruin: (located 3 miles west of Desert View) Open 9:00a-5p FREE Admission;  Map

Rangers Stations

  • South Entrance Ranger Station - Map

  • Indian Garden Ranger Station - off Bright Angel Trail - Map

  • North Rim Ranger Station - Map

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North Rim Dog Friendly Hiking Trails, Points of Interest, and Information

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Dog Parks near the Grand Canyon:

North Rim: is located on the Utah side of the canyon, and it is more remote and harder to get to. The entrance is 30 miles south of Jacob Lake near the Ghost Town, Ryan (the actual rim of the Grand Canyon and visitor service center are another 14 miles south of the entrance station).

Closed during winter and open May 15th through October 15,

No airport or rail service to the park. (that means that the North Rim village may only be reached by road). Hours and Seasonality Park Entrances: Open 24 hours a day North Rim Facilities: Open mid-May and close in mid-October Desert View Campground: May 1st through mid-October South Rim Facilities and Grand Canyon Village: Open all year While park entrances are open 24 hours a day, stations are not always manned.

Pets NOT allowed, EXCEPT Leashed on these trails:

  • From the Bridle Trail Greenway that connects the Grand Canyon Lodge (TripAd) with the North Kaibab Trail (Map - TripAdvisor)

Bridle Trail is a 3.2 mile out-and-back, easy-level, moderately-trafficked trail featuring a great forest setting; it is primarily used for hiking, biking, and walking and has a 298 foot incline, but does not follow the rim, so there are few spots to view the canyon

  • The portion of the Arizona Trail (link - Map - TripAdvisor - Yelp) that continues north from the North Kalbab Trail to the park entrance station. 

North Rim Pocket Map with detailed info about facilities, service, and landmarks! (Printable PDF)

*There is no kennel on the North Rim.

**In case of EMERGENCY:

* Cell Phones probably won't work in the Grand Canyon, and it's nearly impossible to get and keep a signal in the Grand Canyon, Marble Canyon, the Arizona Strip, and area tribal lands

Ranger stations (staffed year-round) are located at Indian Garden and Phantom Ranch, with free emergency phones at the ranger stations, at the Bright Angel Trail rest houses, and at the junction of the South Kaibab and Tonto trails that are connected to the park's 24-hour dispatch center

It's a good idea to leave a copy of your hiking itinerary with a friend or family member from home, that includes the name of trip leader/permit holder (if not you), your rim destination after the hike, and the date of your return home. Sometimes, for safety, hikers will plan to make contact with this person once they've made it out of the canyon, but make sure to do so if you plan this, as you are responsible for costs due to any search and rescue efforts on your behalf.

In an emergency, use the following number: 928-638-2477

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Scenic Drives

Grand Canyon South Rim Scenic Drive:

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Dog Parks near the Grand Canyon:

Cameron to Grand Canyon Village - from Cameron, AZ to the Village it is a 55 mile, moderately-trafficked, point-to-point trail through the Kaibab National Forest, featuring scenic views and accessible year-round with an elevation of 5981 feet

Start on Highway 89 and passing through Cameron, you will pass trading posts. piles of rock and dark sand, painted desert, and lots of Navajo stands, with signs like "The chief really wants to meet you" enticing you to stop. In Cameron there is a trading post where you can stop and buy sandstone souvenirs and amethyst crystals. 

This is a very sensible route from the South Rim to access the very interesting scenic and historic sites to the east. Prior to reaching the south rim, there are impressive views of the canyon formed by the "Little Colorado" River. The first stop after the entrance we came to was the Watchtower Desert-view. Other stops along this route are Grandview Point, Moran Point, and Lipan Point, and some visitors say these vistas put the views at Mather Point in the Grand Canyon Village to shame.

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