Travel Budget for Grand Canyon National Park

Arizona, United States of America

How much does it cost to travel to Grand Canyon National Park?

How much money will you need for your trip to Grand Canyon National Park? You should plan to spend around $130 per day on your vacation in Grand Canyon National Park, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, $39 on meals for one day and $30 on local transportation. Also, the average hotel price in Grand Canyon National Park for a couple is $142. So, a trip to Grand Canyon National Park for two people for one week costs on average $1,823. All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

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A vacation to Grand Canyon National Park for one week usually costs around $911 for one person. So, a trip to Grand Canyon National Park for two people costs around $1,823 for one week. A trip for two weeks for two people costs $3,646 in Grand Canyon National Park. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Grand Canyon National Park can often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

How expensive is Grand Canyon National Park? How much money do I need for Grand Canyon National Park?

How much does a trip to Grand Canyon National Park cost? Is Grand Canyon National Park expensive? The average Grand Canyon National Park trip cost is broken down by category here. All of these Grand Canyon National Park prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Accommodation Budget in Grand Canyon National Park
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The average price for one person for accommodation in Grand Canyon National Park is $71. For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price for a hotel room in Grand Canyon National Park is $142.

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Transportation Budget in Grand Canyon National Park
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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Grand Canyon National Park is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $30 per person, per day, on local transportation in Grand Canyon National Park.

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Flights to Grand Canyon National Park
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Rental Cars in Grand Canyon National Park
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Food Budget in Grand Canyon National Park
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  • While meal prices in Grand Canyon National Park can vary, the average cost of food in Grand Canyon National Park is $39 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Grand Canyon National Park should cost around $16 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Grand Canyon National Park is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

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Entertainment Budget in Grand Canyon National Park
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  • Entertainment and activities in Grand Canyon National Park typically cost an average of $21 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

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Alcohol Budget in Grand Canyon National Park
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  • The average person spends about $8.57 on alcoholic beverages in Grand Canyon National Park per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

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Grand Canyon National Park On a Budget
Grand Canyon National Park The Grand Canyon, Arizona
The Grand Canyon is a national landmark in the United States. It is also one of the most beautiful landscapes in the country and the colors, particularly at sunrise and sunset, will never cease to amaze you. The canyon is entirely within the state of Arizona and has been carved over millions of years by the Colorado River. It stands at over a mile deep and you can easily see the layers of geology with the Canyon's dramatic colors. The Grand Canyon National Park itself was created by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1908 as a national monument. It was later upgraded to a national park in 1919. It currently covers an area of more than 1.2 million acres and is visited yearly by more than four million guests.

There are hotel and accommodation options at both the North and South Rim, but more options are available at the South Rim. Lodges range in quality from luxurious and expensive to mid range or budget. Camping is also available within the park, and is a wonderful experience.
There are countless overlooks where you can see the stunning Grand Canyon. One of the more popular places to stop is Desert View, which is a historic Watchtower where you can view the canyon and the Colorado River. Hermits Rest at the West end is also a popular place to stop.

Havasupai Indian Reservation and Hualapai Indian Reservation are both popular destinations near the canyon.
You can visit either the more isolated North Rim or the more popular South Rim. Both areas are within the national park, but the South Rim is more accessible. At the South Rim you will find Grand Canyon Village which has several historic buildings and the trailhead for Bright Angel Trail. The North Rim is ten miles from the South Rim as the bird flies, but 215 miles, or a five hour drive by road from Grand Canyon Village. It's higher than the South Rim and has far less visitors, making it a pleasant and beautiful place to visit.

There is no shortage of outdoor activities that you can enjoy in or around the Grand Canyon. Hiking is the most obvious and popular way to enjoy the canyon, as many hikes are considered to be some of the best hikes in the USA. Always carry plenty of water as the temperatures can climb surprisingly high and shade is limited on most hikes. Popular trails in the area include Bright Angel Trail, South Kaibab Trail, Hermit Trail, and Grandview Trail. Bright Angel Trail is the park's most popular trail. It starts at Bright Angel Lodge and follows a series of switchbacks into the canyon until it reaches Indian Gardens.

Another terrific route in the Grand Canyon is hiking to Skeleton Point, which can be long and tiresome, but well worth the views and adventure.

Other activities include whitewater rafting, flightseeing, ranger programs, mule rides, and educational courses.
Food and Dining
There are a handful of restaurants and markets where you can stock up on food and supplies within the park. Food and camping supplies are generally overpriced within the park however, so it is best to arrive prepared.

On the South Rim your options include the Arizona Room, the Bright Angel Restaurant, and El Tovar Hotel Dining Room. There are cafeterias at both the Maswik and Yavapai Lodges and a grocery store at Market Plaza. There are some options just outside the park as well.

Options along the North Rim include Grand Canyon Lodge Dining Room, Cafe on the Rim, Coffee Saloon, and Jacob Lake Inn and Gift Shop.

The only real way to reach the Grand Canyon is by private car. There are no buses or trains to the area, and without your own car, your experience will be extremely limited if not impossible. There are tours you can use to reach the Canyon if you do not have access to a vehicle. Tours can be arranged in nearby Las Vegas or other major cities. There are also several outside tour groups, including Contiki, that include the Grand Canyon on their itineraries.

The cost to enter the Grand Canyon is on a per vehicle basis and currently set to $35 (for 7 days). It is possible to purchase a national park pass which will give you access to all United States national parks (prices vary). There's a discounted senior national park pass as well.

Once you're in the park there is a park shuttle system. This system runs along the South Rim on three routes. Service is free and runs from sunrise until after sunset. It is most frequent during the summer months when additional shuttles are added. During the summer months there is also a park service shuttle that travels from Tusayan into the park.
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For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase.

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Travel Tips

Hiking into the canyon

By Bryan in Entertainment
Hiking in and around the Grand Canyon is either very easy or very difficult. There is no middle ground. All of the hikes along the rim of the trail are flat and rated "easy" by the park service. In summer it can get hot, but trees offer shade and most of the trails are either very well marked or paved. On the other extreme, every other trail in the park is rated "difficult" by the park service because these are the trails that go down into the Canyon. These trails are steep, not paved, and require a great deal of physical exertion, especially in the summer. During the summer months, the temperature down inside the canyon can reach 30 to 40 degrees (F) more than the temperature at the rim. It is common to experience temperatures around 120 to 130 down in some parts of the canyon. Many hikers get very dehydrated and some pass out. Park rangers patrol the area for safety purposes. Take water and dress appropriately if you plan to do this hike, and keep in mind that you must come back up every step you take down.

Mules are available to take down into the canyon as well (as part of organized trips, not on your own). Inquire at the visitors center or at one of the lodges.

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