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Inner Canyon, Grand Canyon National Park

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Explore the quite different interior of the Grand Canyon, with shadeless desert contrasting against cool forests at Inner Canyon. Although summer temperatures around the Colorado River reach well over 38 C (100 F), the abundance of springs and streams create pleasant oases, with many sandy beaches lining the river itself. Observe the waterfalls, spring wildflowers, and cactuses as you reach the bottom of the canyon by hiking, mule-riding, river rafting, or via an aerial tour. With the proper permits, you can camp under the rim of the canyon at campgrounds with running water, toilet facilities, and phone lines. Alternatively, you can stay at a ranch with cabins available as part of the mule tour. To visit Inner Canyon on your trip to Grand Canyon National Park, use our Grand Canyon National Park trip builder.
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  • We hiked the inner canyon from rim to rim. There is a lot to experience with a variety of trails and gorgeous views everywhere you go.  more »
  • You cannot fully experience and appreciate the Grand Canyon with a 7 day rafting trip thru the inner gorge. Words cannot even begin to tell what we felt and experience down there from the hikes to gre...  more »
  • I just returned from an eight day white water rafting trip through the Grand Canyon on the Colorado River. This was one of the greatest experiences of my life! I went with a friend in celebration of m...  more »

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Where to stay in Grand Canyon National Park

You'll find plenty of options if you want to stay inside Grand Canyon National Park. Most campgrounds and lodges sit around the South Rim area, and they tend to fill up quickly for summer visits, so book as far in advance as possible. The price range for lodge accommodations varies greatly, so there's something for nearly every budget. The less-visited North Rim features one lodge. For those who hike to the bottom of the canyon, dormitories and cabins are available at Phantom Ranch. If you can't secure a place in the park or find something there to your liking, the small village near the south entrance offers inns and economy motels. You’ll have the convenience of nearby restaurants if you stay there.
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