Seeing the Grand Canyon – Do you choose the North Rim or the South Rim

Five million people a year visit the Grand Canyon. Tell someone you just visited the Grand Canyon and often the first question they ask is “Did you visit the North Rim or South Rim?” The real question is “Are you a North Rimmer or a South Rimmer?

95% of the visitors to the Grand Canyon go to the South Rim so statistically chances are you are a South Rimmer. The reason is geographically. The metropolitan areas of Phoenix, Flagstaff, Las Vegas and even Southern California are located generally south of the Canyon so the South Rim is the closest access. People from these areas need almost another full day to get to the North Rim.

The south rim has better expansive views than the North Rim. Visitors to the canyon have many more choices of scenic overlooks on this side of the canyon.

Weather plays a big role as far as which rim you visit. The South rim is at a lower elevation. Even though it does get snow in the winter, restaurants, lodges and parks stay open all year round. The North Rim can be cooler in the summer, but access is closed due to excessive snow in the winter.

The South Rim can be accessed by numerous day trips. Train enthusiast can enjoy a trip to the canyon and back on the Grand Canyon Day Tour train. For a more intimate trip to the South Rim, Pink Jeep Tours can pick you up from your hotel and go off road to the canyon. If you are part of a large group, riding in luxurious seats on a bus to the South Rim may be more your style.

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