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Things to Do while visiting Grand Canyon

Depending on the length of your stay at Grand Canyon National Park South Rim there are dozens of fun things to do and unique attractions nearby. While many require a couple hours of driving, such as Slide Rock State Park, Meteor Crater and Monument Valley, they are definitely worth the trip. Below, we've listed information on those and other impressive Arizona attractions.

Distances below are from Grand Canyon National Park South Rim Entrance.

IMAX THEATER at the National Geographic Visitor Center (1 mile, within walking distance from RP’s Stage Stop)

Go beyond the rim and see Grand Canyon-The Hidden Secrets on a giant 6 story high screen.  In only 34 minutes, you will discover a Grand Canyon that would take a lifetime to experience. Ask for a discount coupon at the Red Feather Lodge front desk.

Grand Canyon Imax Theater

GRAND CANYON JEEP TOUR (1 mile)

Spend sunset at the Grand Canyon watching the Canyon transform into a kaleidoscope of colors. Discover wildlife in the Kaibab National Forest. Scale an 80-foot fire tower to enjoy incomparable views of the Grand Canyon and Painted Desert. All that and more awaits you with the Grand Canyon Jeep Tours & Safari’s. For more information call 800-320-5337 or visit grandcanyonjeeptours.com.

Grand Canyon Jeep Tour

GRAND CANYON HORSEBACK RIDING TOUR (1 mile)

The Grand Canyon is surrounded by stunningly beautiful country that's perfect for exploring on horseback.

Enhance your vacation with a one- or two-hour horseback ride with Apache Stables, who provide horses, mules and guides. Children are welcome when accompanied by an adult. Some restrictions on weight and age may apply. Contact Apache Stables by phone at 928-638-2891 or online at www.apachestables.com for additional information on Grand Canyon horseback riding tours.

Grand Canyon Horseback Riding Tour

GRAND CANYON AIR TOUR (2 miles at Grand Canyon Airport)

There's no better view of Grand Canyon National Park than from a helicopter. Located at Grand Canyon Airport, Maverick Helicopters features incredible flights of fancy over Grand Canyon National Park. Fly over the Kaibab National Forest, the Colorado River and through Dragon corridor. View the world's largest Ponderosa Pine Forests. Soar above the Eastern Canyon and the Little Colorado River. See Majestic stone monuments like the Tower of Ra. Fly the rugged North Rim and the Magnificent Dragon Corridor. For more information about Grand Canyon, Arizona helicopter tours, call Maverick Helicopters at 928-638-2622 or go to maverickhelicopters.com.  Take flight for less with the Grand Canyon Air Tour Package from the Red Feather Lodge.

Grand Canyon Air Tour

BEARIZONA Drive-Thru Wildlife Park (50 miles)

Experience animal wildlife the way it was meant to be, in a natural environment, all from the comfort and safety of your own vehicle. Your family will enjoy our wide variety of wildlife, from majestic bison and nimble big horn sheep to stealthy wolves and adorable bear cubs.  For more information, visit bearizona.com.

Bearizona

ARIZONA SNOWBOWL (75 miles)

Experience great skiing in the winter, great hiking in the summer and great colors in the fall at the Arizona Snowbowl. Situated on the spectacular San Francisco Peaks, the Arizona Snowbowl is only 70 miles from the Grand Canyon. Enjoy picture-postcard views of the Peaks via the Scenic Skyride, which is in operation from Memorial Day weekend through mid-October. For more information, visit arizonasnowbowl.com.

Arizona Snowbowl

MUSEUM OF NORTHERN ARIZONA (80 miles)

When it was founded eight decades ago, the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff was known for its Native American artifacts and natural history specimens from the Colorado Plateau. Today, you can enjoy innumerable anthropology, biology, geology and fine art exhibits. For more information, visit musnaz.org.

Museum of Northern Arizona

WUPATKI NATIONAL MONUMENT & SUNSET CRATER VOLCANO (83 miles)

In its day, some 800 years ago, Wupatki towered above the other indian pueblos. Home to about 100 people, Wupatki was also the wealthiest and highly influential. Experience this fascinating national monument located on the Colorado Plateau. For more information about one of the best things to do near the Grand Canyon, visit nps.gov/wupa.

From an eruption of lava nearly one thousand years ago at Sunset Crater Volcano, visitors today are treated to a truly amazing sight. The lava oxidized red and yellow, leaving behind an incredibly bright permanent "sunset" around the crater. For more information about this top Grand Canyon, Arizona area tourist attraction, visit nps.gov/sucr.

Wupatki National Monument & Sunset Crater Volcano

SEDONA & SLIDE ROCK STATE PARK (108 miles)

Sedona is situated in a unique geological area that has mesmerized tourists for decades. Indeed, this picturesque city is surrounded by beloved red-rock monoliths named Coffeepot, Cathedral, Bell and even Snoopy because their massive shapes resemble these distinctive objects. Also, the site of this memorable city marks the mouth of unbelievably beautiful Oak Creek Canyon, a breathtaking chasm that even today, is wildly wonderful.

Located in Oak Creek Canyon is Slide Rock State Park. Enjoy swimming, picnicking, bird watching, fishing, exploring the nature trail, playing volleyball court and picking apples (in season, of course). The park is also close to several Coconino National Forest campgrounds and hiking trails. A Red Rock State Pass is required for parking within the State Park  For more information, visit azparks.gov.

Sedona and Slide Rock State Park

METEOR CRATER (120 miles)

Meteor Crater is no ordinary hole in desert southwest. It is the best-preserved meteorite impact site on earth! It measures almost a mile wide and 570 feet deep. Apollo astronauts once trained here.  Located 35 miles east of Flagstaff on I-40. For more information visit meteorcrater.com.

Meteor Crater

PAGE & LAKE POWELL (140 miles)

There aren't many lakes like Lake Powell. At 187 miles long, it's the second largest man-made lake in country. In the summer, it's a joy to swim in as temperatures near 80 degrees. And if you like to fish, you'll have a field day as game fish are plentiful. For more information, visit lakepowellmag.com.

Page & Lake Powell

MONUMENT VALLEY (157 miles)

Valley of the rocks, located near the four corners area, is a region made up of a cluster of vast sandstone buttes, the largest reaching 1,000 ft. above the valley floor.  The most majestic and most photographed points on earth.  For more information visit navajonationparks.org.

Monument Valley

PETRIFIED FOREST NATIONAL PARK & PAINTED DESERT (182 miles)

A trip to Petrified Forest National Park will be a most eventful one-to say the least. First of all, you'll see sections of the gorgeous Painted Desert. Then there are the fossils which are 225 million years old. And, of course, there's the world's most comprehensive collection of petrified wood. For more information about one of Arizona's top attractions, visit nps.gov.

Petrified Forest National Park & Painted Desert