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15 Hidden Expenses to Watch Out for When Visiting the Grand Canyon

GOBankingRates Logo By Lauren Monitz of GOBankingRates | Slide 1 of 16: <p>The Grand Canyon is a breathtaking behemoth that stretches 277 miles across northern Arizona. The impressive abyss is visible from space and measures more than a mile in depth. About 6 million people made the trek to see the natural wonder in 2016, but just because it's a national treasure doesn't mean the views come cheaply.</p><p>Cut by the Colorado River, the protected land is split into the North Rim and the South Rim, each with its own attractions and landscapes. It takes on average five hours to drive the 215 miles between the park's South Rim Village and the North Rim Village. Beyond deciding which side you want to visit, though, you need to decide how you want to explore. Whether you embark on a land-based adventure, take to the skies on an aerial tour, or go deep into the canyon itself on a river expedition, there are different costs associated with each activity. Know what you're getting into before you plan your trip so you don't end up with a canyon-sized dent in your pocketbook. Fortunately, there are <a href="https://www.gobankingrates.com/saving-money/insane-natural-phenomena-see-before-die-free/2/">lots of Grand Canyon activities that won't cost a dime</a>.</p>

The Grand Canyon is a breathtaking behemoth that stretches 277 miles across northern Arizona. The impressive abyss is visible from space and measures more than a mile in depth. About 6 million people made the trek to see the natural wonder in 2016, but just because it's a national treasure doesn't mean the views come cheaply.

Cut by the Colorado River, the protected land is split into the North Rim and the South Rim, each with its own attractions and landscapes. It takes on average five hours to drive the 215 miles between the park's South Rim Village and the North Rim Village. Beyond deciding which side you want to visit, though, you need to decide how you want to explore. Whether you embark on a land-based adventure, take to the skies on an aerial tour, or go deep into the canyon itself on a river expedition, there are different costs associated with each activity. Know what you're getting into before you plan your trip so you don't end up with a canyon-sized dent in your pocketbook. 

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