At an average elevation of 7100 feet, The Grand Canyon is high and far away from anywhere.
It’s best to be prepared for the long trip.
DISTANCE AND “NO TRAFFIC” DRIVE TIME TO SHOSHONE POINT
Flagstaff: 81 miles, 1.5 hours
Las Vegas: 277 miles, 4.5 hours
Phoenix: 231 miles, 3.5 hours
Sedona: 166 miles, 2.25 hours
Tucson: 346 miles, 5.5 hours
Williams: 61 miles, 1.25 hours
Remember, these drive times can be affected by weather, traffic and the wait time at the National Park entrance.
Add much more time if driving through Cameron and the National Park East Entrance.
We always make a Plan B as the roads periodically close due to snow from October through May.
This “just in case” list is a suggestion for your comfort.
National Park Wedding Permit
Tentative or firm plans for lodging and meals
Full tank of gas in Flagstaff or Williams
Contact Information for everyone involved
Cell phone with a good weather app and car charger
Cameras, batteries, storage
Drinking water, bottles or cups (The National Park only sells empty refillable bottles)
Broom (if needed to sweep a ramada)
Toilet seat covers/toilet paper/paper towels
Sunscreen (all seasons)
Insect repellant (like Off)
Marriage License & Pen
Vows (if personalizing)
Comfortable walking shoes
Hat (can be removed for ceremony & photos)
Snacks, beverages, ice
Attire in layers
Tires Chains & Shovel (winter)
There are restrooms at El Tovar Hotel, Yavapai Point,
Bugler Picnic Area, Grandview Point, Tusayan Ruins Museum
and Desert View.
Yes, those are installed every September so the snow removal equipment can navigate the roads.
Finally, Arizona does not observe daylight saving time. We never change our clocks,
except for the adjaicent Navajo Nation that does. As a result, it is not unusual for cell phones
to slip into another time zone. Check your watch or car clock to be sure.