Never been to the Grand Canyon? You can take your family
there and save a few dollars using these tips
on saving money at the Grand Canyon.
If you are going to be visiting other national parks
besides the Grand Canyon, consider purchasing an annual
pass. The pass provides entrance or access to pass holder
and accompanying passengers in a single, private,
non-commercial vehicle at federally operated recreation
sites across the country.
Be sure to fill your tank before you arrive. Gas is much
more expensive close to the canyon, and, more importantly,
gas stations are not plentiful. It is not a good idea to
run out of gas in this area.
If you are driving from Las Vegas, the North Rim of the
canyon is a shorter drive and can save you some money on
fuel. It will also be less crowded as most people opt for
the South Rim. This is one of the best cheap vacation
For a tip on how to travel cheap using guided tours,
especially if you are in Vegas, shop around because there
are quite a good selection of tours you can take. Some are
by plane, some by helicopter, and some by bus. Be advised
that, although you will save money with the bus tour, it is
very long and when I was there in March one year, very cold
too! At one of the stops for gas my friend and I actually
had to get off the bus and purchase a souvenir blanket
inside the gift shop. You will also be a bit rushed once
you arrive. If you are not going to fly, I recommend
renting a car and driving there yourself, and just staying
overnight in a nearby hotel. Of course shop around for
deals online before you go.
Another tip, don't forget to bring sunscreen and a hat.
Remember this is desert area and it gets hot. If you have
to buy these things in a souvenir shop once you arrive you
will be paying quite a bit more. Bring along some bottled
water too, it's ver easy to get dehydrated in the dry
Lastly, I think worth mentioning. Most rims are 7000
feet or more above sea level. Guard rails are few and far
between. Visitors every year fall over the edge. Please
exercise caution and remain a good distance away from the
edge of the canyon. Otherwise enjoy your trip, this is one
of the most beautiful places I've ever seen.