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You want 1 America the Beautiful Pass. (I don't think there is any such thing as a "US Parks Pass". Your link, usparkpass.com, is just a third-party site selling the same America the Beautiful pass.) If you read the rules for that pass carefully, it says: Allows pass owner and accompanying passengers in a single, private, non-commercial vehicle ...


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I would venture a guess that dropping a car off at the North Rim will be impossible, since there's virtually nothing there, certainly no rental agencies that I'm aware of -- how would you get there without a car in the first place? Some alternatives, neither of them cheap: Take a direct bus from Las Vegas to the South Rim ($99/person, you may find cheaper ...


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Frommers lists that Bright Angel and North Kaibab trails are 'the canyon's smoothest' trails - but as you can see on my picture with a section of the Bright Angel trail, it's not really wheelchair accessible, and probably quite strenuous on crutches. Picture was taken in 2006, so it might look different today. Another option would be a mule trip, which is ...


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If you know where you're going and you don't want a guide you're under no obligation to take one. You can look at Tripadvisor thread regarding the same topic and also on the National Park Service Site for maps and other information regarding the Grand Canyon National Park.


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Every national park has a different entrance fee policy, but the three you are going to all have the same fees: Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: $30/vehicle for 7 days Yosemite National Park: $30 $25/vehicle for 7 days (it reduces for the winter season to $25 starting November 1) Grand Canyon National Park: $30/vehicle for 7 days That adds up to $...


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You don't need a guide. But if you camp out within the National Park then you need a backcountry permit. (See the national park page on backcountry permits) Also be aware of the warnings about hiking in the Grand Canyon -- people do get (literally) lost and the conditions can be harsh.


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It's not hard to identify flights which may fly over the Grand Canyon— but finding out which ones definitely will, and whether or not you will have a view if you take one, are a different story. With some trial and error, you can find flights that pass over the area on any of the websites that offer flight tracking, like FlightAware.com. Grand Canyon ...


6

It sounds like what you are looking for is a field guide to the Grand Canyon; Field guide - a book designed to help the reader identify wildlife (plants or animals) or other objects of natural occurrence (e.g. minerals). It is generally designed to be brought into the 'field' or local area where such objects exist to help distinguish between ...


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There does appear to be an issue with renting hotel rooms if you are 18-21. Hotels are allowed discretion, so you can get turned away and have no recourse. However this page indicates some alternate ways of getting accommodation. Some hotels will be OK, and Youth Hostels and Bed and Breakfasts are more likely to be accepting. It's best to phone in advance to ...


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For reference from another 40-something: my husband and I just got back from a 3-day Grand Canyon hike. We went to Bright Angel Campground at the bottom near the river from the South Kaibab trail in about 8 hours, stayed one night, went up to the Indian Garden campground the next day in about 5 hours, stayed one night, and then out where you end up at the ...


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I was there in August. There were strict instructions for people NOT to try and hike down to the river unless incredibly fit, hydrated and well prepared (Even then, it wasn't recommended). We walked around the rim trails, and that was pretty hot, and then descended down the Bright Angel trail to the first water hut (1 hour?). That itself was tiring in the ...


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The statement that the cited website is the official website for Antelope Canyon tours is false. I found a list of companies which offer tours to Antelope Canyon (note that the prices listed in the table are not accurate as of today). It looks like one can almost always find availability for any date since there are more than 10 companies organizing tours.


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You do need a permit, and per the last Space Availability Report, Bright Angel is booked immediately after Christmas, but there may still be availability (the report is from a few weeks ago) earlier in the month. If you cannot get a permit, it's possible to try to for a last-minute permit in person (show up early) or the waitlist; details are on the website ...


4

The hike described on alltrails is only one section of the Rim Trail described in the NPS document. Inspecting the alltrails map, their hike starts at the point that NPS calls "Village Route Transfer", goes east to Mather Point, and then returns the same way. The NPS guide shows the distance from Village Route Transfer to Mather Point as 1.2 + .7 + .7 = 2....


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Worst idea, I'd say. I made the same mistake - thought I would be able to do it. I went to Grand Canyon in August as well. To say it was scorching hot, would be an understatement. I wasn't just burnt. I melted. But for all you know, it won't be that hot this summer? Spring is the best time to go there, apparently.


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It looks like all the options are annual. The guidance for pass use states: What does the Annual Pass cover? The Annual Pass admits pass owner/s and passengers in a non-commercial vehicle at per-vehicle fee sites; and pass owner + 3 adults, not to exceed 4 adults, where per-person fees are charged. (Children under 16 are always admitted free.) So basically ...


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It's technically feasible but unless you want to spend all you time driving with only time to take a picture at each location, maybe drop one. Antelope and Zion are quite far from Las Vegas and would be a long day trip them selves. Even Grand Canyon from Las Vegas is an entire day. There are a number of operators that do guided (by bus) excursions to ...


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Flagstaff is no longer a small town. The metro area has an estimated population of over 135,000. I suggest looking at the Grand Canyon web site and making a reservation for lodging, either in the park or outside. This includes camping. As far as activities, you may a get a beautiful clear winter day. And you may not. You are probably aware that all tourist ...


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You can walk or drive. If you're doing a point-to-point walk, then having two cars is helpful: drop off one at the end point of your walk, using the other car to drive to the start point. I doubt there's enough demand for uber/lyft at the Grand Canyon for there to be any cars operating there.


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There are multiple Antelope Canyons you can visit. Examples are: Upper Antilope Canyon: https://navajotours.com Lower Antilope Canyon: https://lowerantelope.com Antelope Canyon X: https://www.antelopecanyon-x.com Here is the list from the Navajo Nation Parks & Recreation (They oversee all Navajo Tribal Parks on the Navajo Nation Reservation): https://...


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There is a pretty active bus system in the US that has a lot of destinations and is relatively cheap. So if you're trying to go between cities, that's probably the best way to get around. Greyhound is one, as someone mentioned. There is also Megabus and Bolt Bus, though I don't know if either of those operate as far west as CA. There might be others out in ...


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Weather etc I don't know - my experience go back to a 13th July in the eighties. I remember that the north rim is ~200 meters higher that south. Got a room in a Flagstaff motel. First day> Near sunset I went for an helicopter trip, used 3 rolls of slide film. Great! Second day> Went from Flagstaff to south rim at he beginning of the Bright Angel trail. Hat, ...


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About 20 years ago I sent a couple of nights in Grand Canyon Village. I flew with Papillon from Grand Canyon Airport, on the south rim of the canyon, around 70 miles NW of Flagstaff, AZ. I just showed up and booked that their desk at the airport, but I imagine you would do that well in advance online these days. It cost around $85 per person for an hour ...


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