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Quiz: Should I Visit the North or South Rim of the Grand Canyon?

Before you plan your next trip to the Grand Canyon, you should ask yourself some of the following questions:


What season do I want to visit?


What kind of activities am I looking to do?


Which rim is better for families with younger kids?


Do I want to deal with crowds?


With over 277 miles of pure canyon beauty, this spectacle offers unique views from all angles. You really can’t go wrong no matter which rim you choose to visit. However, there are a few things to consider before finalizing your plans. To help you determine whether the north or south rim of the Grand Canyon is best for you, take the short quiz below!


Q1: Is this your first time visiting?

  1. Yes

  2. No


Q2: What time of year are you traveling?

  1. Winter or Spring

  2. Summer or Fall


Q3: What kind of activities do you want to do?

  1. Hike, sightsee, photograph, take a tour, stop at the visitor center

  2. Relax, birdwatch, sightsee, hike, take a ranger-led program


Q4: Do you have young children?

  1. Yes

  2. No


Q5: How much time do you have to spend?

  1. 1 day

  2. More than a day


Q6: Do you prefer quieter, more peaceful environments?

  1. Not necessarily

  2. Yes


If you answered mainly a’s…you should visit the South Rim.


Grand Canyon’s South Rim is open year-round and is best for first-time visitors and families with young children. With almost two dozen viewpoints, several visitor services and kid-friendly activities, your family will be entertained for hours. It’s also where you can take some of the best photography (most of the traditional GC photos you see are from the South Rim). Keep in mind that the South Rim is the most visited rim of the Grand Canyon, so be prepared for crowds during peak season.


If you answered mainly b’s…you should visit the North Rim.


Ideal for outdoorsy couples and families with older children, the North Rim of the Grand Canyon offers a much more peaceful environment than the busier South Rim. The North Rim is also 1,000 feet higher than its southern counterpart, forcing the rim to close for the winter season beginning in mid-October and reopening in May. Visitors to the North Rim enjoy hiking during the beautiful summer weather and viewing the changing of the leaves in fall.


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