Grand Canyon Car Rental Options
Multiple car rental companies operate close to the Grand Canyon and Grand Canyon village. This includes many of the large car rental companies, although there are small and independent car rental companies too. Hertz offers the most locations but others include Budget, Alamo, Avis, National, Eagle Rent A Car, and Enterprise.
Most car rental options are in Flagstaff on or close to Route 66. Flagstaff is about 79 miles from Grand Canyon Village.
Driving at the Grand Canyon
The most common route to get from Flagstaff to the Grand Canyon is to take Highway 180 North. It's a comfortable and easy road that offers spectacular scenery. That said, there are things to know to make a trip to the Grand Canyon more enjoyable:
- It can get hot - in the summer months, temperatures at the Grand Canyon average in the 80s. Inside a rental car, this is not a problem as drivers can use the air conditioning. It is something to consider once at the Grand Canyon, though, as visitors need to get out of their cars to experience it properly.
- Beware of the crowds - the Grand Canyon is busiest from the end of May to the beginning of September. National holidays such as Memorial Day and Labor Day can be particularly busy. Also, May to September includes some of the hottest months of the year. Visiting in the winter months is cooler and there are fewer people, but the Grand Canyon is just as spectacular.
- Leave enough time - the journey from Flagstaff to the Grand Canyon takes about 90 minutes. Time is then needed to fully experience the views. Hiking is also recommended, even if it's just a short distance from the main viewpoint parking lots. A hike to the bottom and back, however, will take longer than a day.
- Entrance fee – there's an entrance fee to drive into Grand Canyon National Park.
Exploring the Grand Canyon
There's no shortage of things to see or do at the Grand Canyon. With a rental car, the opportunities are almost endless.
Going to the North Rim is one example. Most people who visit the Grand Canyon do so via Grand Canyon Village on the South Rim as it has the best amenities and some of the best viewing points. The North Rim is a completely different experience. It's more rugged, the crowds are smaller, and there are excellent places, such as Bright Angel Point, from which to view the Grand Canyon . The journey from Grand Canyon Village to the North Rim Visitor Center is 212 miles.
Another option is to visit the Grand Canyon Skywalk. It's 230 miles from Grand Canyon Village and is a semi-circular bridge with a glass floor that juts out over the canyon. It's a unique experience.
Visitors shouldn't ignore Flagstaff, either. It's on historic Route 66 and is a quirky and enjoyable city to explore.