Deserving of your attention
Though the staggering natural geological beauty of Grand Canyon is ultimately its main attraction, there are many historical buildings, national landmarks and local business that deserve some attention as well. Be sure to include some of our suggested sights to see to make your visit to Grand Canyon a well-rounded one.
Museums, Galleries & Other Sights to See
Grand Canyon National Park is home to a number of historical buildings along the South Rim. Today, these buildings house museums, galleries, gift shops and information centers. We encourage you to take the time to visit them.
Tusayan Museum features exhibits of Pueblo Indian life at Grand Canyon 800 years ago.
A self-guiding trail leads through the adjacent 800-year-old ruin and ranger-led tours are offered daily. The museum is located 3 miles west of Desert View and 22 miles east of Grand Canyon Village on Desert View Drive. Generally open year-round, but hours vary seasonally and the museum may be closed during inclement weather.
Yavapai Geology Museum
The museum received a major renovation and is now open featuring updated and new exhibits about the fossil record at Grand Canyon and other interpretive displays. It offers a spectacular panorama of the canyon through large windows. Yavapai Geology Museum is located 5 miles north of the park’s south entrance, and is just a short walk from Grand Canyon Village. Open year-round; hours vary seasonally.
Visitor Center at the Canyon View Information Plaza
Canyon View Information Center can be reached by riding the free shuttle bus or walking the short distance from Mather Point. You can not drive to Canyon View Information Plaza.
This center provides a variety of information about Grand Canyon National Park and what to do once you are at the park. Outdoor exhibits may be viewed anytime (however, the lights at Canyon View Information Plaza are turned off at 9:00 pm).
Available facilities include restrooms, pay phones, bookstore and shuttle bus stops. The center is located at Mather Point and open daily year-round (hours vary seasonally). The canyon rim is only a short stroll away.
Trail of Time
The Trail of Time is an interpretive walking timeline that focuses on Grand Canyon vistas and rocks and invites visitors to ponder, explore, and understand the magnitude of geologic time and the stories encoded by Grand Canyon rock layers and landscapes.
The exhibit follows the existing paved rim trail on the South Rim of Grand Canyon between Yavapai Observation Station and Grand Canyon Village and is marked by brass markers every meter, representing one million years of time. Viewing tubes and other interpretive materials help visitors connect the rocks visible in Grand Canyon to their place along the geologic timeline.