Tusayan (pronounced “Too-SAY-on”) is a true tourist town just outside the south entrance gate to the park that cater to the millions of tourists who pass through the area annually. It has a year-round population of about 600 people.

The village of Tusayan, an incorporated town which has a land area of only 144 acres, is located two miles south of the park boundary and has an airport, shops, hotels, an IMAX cinema and a large, affordable RV park.

Located at the entrance to the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, Tusayan offers visitors a great place to stay, eat and feel at home while they take in the spectacular vistas of one of the seven natural wonders of the world.

Nestled into the Kaibab Forest just outside the national park entrance, the town of Tusayan is truly the gateway to the Grand Canyon. Located at 6,000 ft elevation there are forests of juniper trees that extend from both side of the road. This small but friendly community is home to Grand Canyon Airport, from which helicopter and airplane tours of Grand Canyon come and go.

The area is also home to some of the best hotels and lodging in the Grand Canyon area. There are also fast food restaurants, gift shops and gas stations. Mule rides, helicopter tours, jeep tours, horseback riding, and hiking are just some of the things available to visitors.

Arizona State Highway 64, coming from Williams and U. S. Highway 180, coming from Flagstaff serve Tusayan. They share a four-lane highway through town, which becomes two lanes outside the business district.

Tusayan is served by Grand Canyon National Park Airport. There are several air sight seeing helicopter companies and fixed wing operators waiting to show you the sights. Grand Canyon National Park Airport is a public airport located in the Tusayan area near Grand Canyon National Park, seven miles from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. The airport is primarily used for scenic tours and charter flights, but there is scheduled commercial service.

The Grand Canyon Visitor Center is an official Arizona Office of Tourism Visitor Center.

It offers a spectacular array of media and literature describing all of the Grand Canyon’s sights as well as providing an overview of the Arizona High Country.

Do make sure you go in to talk with the experienced local representatives. They have extensive knowledge of the area and are glad to offer advice, insights and materials for travel in and around this awe-inspiring wonder of the world.

The Visitor Center is also home to the Grand Canyon IMAX® movie, which is the most-watched IMAX® film ever. The IMAX® Movie, "Grand Canyon: Discovery & Adventure" is 34 minutes of excitement where viewers will discover a Grand Canyon that would take a lifetime to experience. National Geographic Visitor Center IMAX®

The film opens with the beginning of man's fragile kinship with this twisting 277 mile Canyon, then moves the audience through time with brief glimpses at the stone pages of human history. From the mysterious Anasazi who inhabited the Canyon 4,000 years ago, viewers will travel through Grand Canyon history to join Major John Wesley Powell as he challenges the unexplored Canyon and raging Colorado River in 1869.

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