Grand Canyon Family Vacation Ideas

Here are some of our best Grand Canyon Family Vacation Ideas. You can also scroll to the bottom of the page to see videos of family vacations and activities around the Grand Canyon.

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What an ultimate family adventure destination you have chosen to look at. If you have never been to the Grand Canyon and you live in the USA than this is an obvious choice to consider.

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  Often the case with obvious choices is that we assume if we haven’t been yet then we may not go and this makes it easy to overlook the next time. Best to go if you have any bit of desire and this may well open the door for a whole host of new family adventures.

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When to Go

Frequent thunderstorms in Summer, and a mixed bag in Spring and Autumn which is a popular time for visitors. In Winter snow storms may hamper views but also spectacular if you have time to wait around for the clouds to clear.On the South Rim you can expect temperatures of between 41, 18 in January and 84 to 54 in July.

The WatchtowerThe Watchtower


Open all year round.Down on Phantom Ranch 56 to 36 in January and 84 to 54 in July. On the North Rim expect temperatures between 37 and 16. The North Rim also gets quite a bit more snow early in the year. In fact the park closes in November and re-opens in mid- May.

Grand Canyon Accommodation

Grand Canyon Vacation Rentals

There are plenty of good Grand Canyon vacation rentals situated in iconic locations. These are often set up as a family friendly ranch and can cost as little as $100 per night. 

Click here for more information.

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Where to Stay

We have also listed some of the best camping spots with video below.

But if you are looking for the best Grand Canyon South Rim lodgings including the famous El Tover Hotel or other great Grand Canyon Tours see our best hotels near the Grand Canyon review


Getting Around

Parking at the Grand Canyon Visitor Center and then taking the shuttle buses is the best way to avoid the crowds and having to fight for parking. Admission is $25 per private vehicle and $12 per pedestrian or cyclist.

Top Spots

  • Hermit Road travels to nine separate viewpoints and continues for 11 km
  • Desert View Drive is 40 km long and includes the 360 degrees watchtower view.
  • Yavapai and Mather point also allow views of the Colorado River.
  • Hermit Road~ Grand Canyon National Park Below

"December 27, 2011 - West of Mohave Point looking into The Abyss and west. A spectacular view of Grand Canyon."

Things to Do

Some of the best activities for families include Grand Canyon Mule Rides of the Skywalk. Some of the activities listed below are clearly a little more suited to the highly adventurous and older family but some are also great for all ages. See also the video at the bottom of the page.

See our Grand Canyon Tours for More Grand Canyon Family Vacation Ideas

  • Visit the ranger station
  • Join a Junior Ranger program for 4 to 14 year-olds.
  • Tusayan Museum and Ruin
  • Desert View Campground
  • South Rim Grand Canyon Family Bike Trip
  • Ten-X Campground
  • Kolb Studio -photography studio
  • Grand Canyon Airlines
  • Grand Canyon Cookout Experience


  • Grand Canyon Helicopters
  • Maverick Helicopters
  • Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters
  • Aramark-Wilderness River Adventures
  • Grand Canyon Whitewater
  • Hatch River Expeditions
  • Canyon Explorations
  • Grand Canyon Dories
  • Western River Expeditions

There and Away

Generally a lot of people who don’t drive will fly into Phoenix, Arizona, and Las Vegas,

Nevada. Grand Canyon Airlines also fly from Boulder City, Nevada, to the Grand Canyon Airport in Tusayan, Arizona. Greyhound Bus Lines operate from Services Flagstaff and Williams. Amtrak stops at Williams and Flagstaff and there are then two shuttles daily to the Canyon. Transcanyon Shuttle between the North and South rims each way daily. www.trans-canyonshuttle.com


Grand Canyon South Rim Campgrounds


Grand Canyon Whitewater


A Day On The River With Hatch River Expeditions


South Rim Grand Canyon Family Bike Trip


Monaghan Family Grand Canyon Adventure

"We were very appreciative of our Navajo guide Chef Leonard who shared his knowledge of Antelope Canyon near Page Arizona."



Footsteps: The Pyun Family Trip to the Grand Canyon

Weather tips for the Grand Canyon

Map of the Grand Canyon

Use the navigation to get close ups of both the north and south rim.


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Great map

http://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/upload/GRCAmap2.pdf

South Rim Map and Information

http://www.nps.gov/grca/parknews/upload/2012SRsummer-guidemap_letter.pdf

http://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/upload/grca_pano.pdf

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Family Vacation Deals

 The video below will help you see how to find the top family friendly accommodation options anywhere.

We recommend always to check reviews on TripAdvisor (use this link) before booking any travel deals. 

  • Accorhotels -  50% off second room for kids.
  • All Inclusive-  The top family all inclusive discounts
  • Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas -  Save up to 40%
  • Beaches Luxury Family Resorts-  65% off, free scuba and more.
  • CheapAir.com -  Cheap Airfares 
  • Cheap Caribbean - Great family packaged deals by this network are available all over the Caribbean. Including up to 65% off.
  • Cruisedirect - Up to 80% OFF. .
  • Expedia - Discounted Family Vacation packages and last minute deals.
  • First Choice - Amazing all inclusive family holiday specialist in Europe.
  • FlipKey - Family Vacation Rentals in  1200 locations
  • Intrepid Family Adventure - Find Family adventures with 1600 itineraries.
  • G Family Adventures -Big clearance on last minute family itineraries worldwide.
  • Holiday Inn  - Kids Stay and Eat for Free
  • HomeExchange - We are into the sharing economy in a big way and this site makes it easy.
  • HomeForExchange - Another great family home exchange with 13,000 listings in 80+ countries
  • Motel 6 - Pet Friendly and budget offers. With kids stay free and rooms from $39 road trips are now affordable.
  • Priceline - Save with bidding and Package Offers of up to $500 off
  • TripAdvisor - Allows you to search by family friendly option. Go to place to read reviews. Also one of the best places to find vacation rentals.

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Grand Canyon West Rim By Coach & Skywalk Ticket

Although Skywalk can seem like an expensive ticket on its own you can get value with this tour  which covers Hoover Dam and the West Rim of Grand Canyon leaving from the front door of your Las Vegas hotel.

Included in the deluxe coach round-trip are Skywalk tickets are stop offs to different viewpoints and lunch prepared by the Hualapai.

Find out more and bookings.

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