At an average elevation of 7100 feet, The Grand Canyon is high and far away.
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.
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.
Arizona does not observe daylight savings time, so we never change our clocks. However, The Navajo Nation does! The further east you travel into the park those closer you get to the Navajo Nation and it is not unusual for a cell phone to drift in and out of the two time zones. Check your watch or car phone for verification.