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GRAND CANYON WEDDING CHECKLIST

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At an average elevation of 7100 feet, The Grand Canyon National Park South Rim is high and far away from everything. The North Rim is even more remote. Frequently heard: "Wish I had thought to bring…"

There are beautiful days at The Grand Canyon. Pine trees scent the surrounding forest, enormous birds soar above, and others sing around the abundant wildlife. Elk, mule deer, ringtail cats and mountain lions wander among the canyon. The views and memories are endless.

Also, temperatures can reach 100 degrees in summer, storms can appear out of nowhere, and the roads are frequently closed due to snow from October through May. Gas is scarce and expensive. Multiply any discomfort during holidays, especially summer holidays! The Griswolds were not the first to learn it’s best to be prepared for the long trip.

DISTANCE AND "NO TRAFFIC" DRIVE TIME TO SHOSHONE POINT
And also some of our favorite businesses to visit along the way!

Favorite ceremony sites include Grandeur Point, Hopi Point, and Lipan Point.

"Shoshone Point" was chosen because it’s the only point offered with a private parking lot guaranteeing a place to park on the rim. With more than 5 million annual visitors, sometimes there are just not enough parking places for everyone at the points open to the public.

Flagstaff: 81 miles, 1.5 hours
Fratelli Pizza (South of the tracks) - NiMarco's Pizza (Downtown) - Little America - Twin Arrows

Las Vegas: 277 miles, 4.5 hours

Phoenix: 231 miles, 3.5 hours
Dino's on Cave Creek - Times Square -

Sedona: 166 miles, 2.25 hours
L'Auberge - The Orchards - Super 8 - Mariposa - Dahl & DiLuca - Golden Goose - Kokopelli Days Inn - Canyon Villa

Tucson: 346 miles, 5.5 hours
Caruso's - Tanya's 33 -

Williams: 61 miles, 1.25 hours
Grand Canyon Coffee Cafe - Kick’s on Route 66 - Days Inn - Trapper’s Rendezvous

Remember, these drive times can be affected by weather, traffic and the wait time at the National Park Main Entrance. Add much more time if driving through Cameron and the National Park East Entrance. There are also options for flying into The Grand Canyon National Park Airport.

This trip is so worth it! Here's a “just in case” list provided for your comfort.

PREPARATION
National Park Wedding Permit
Firm or at least tentative plans for lodging and meals
Full tank of gas in Flagstaff or Williams
Contact Information for everyone involved
Rings
Marriage License & Pen
Vows (if personalizing)
AAA and any award cards

READINESS
Cell phone with a good weather app and car charger
(Signal is weak at best and non-existent at many locations)
Cameras, batteries, storage
Sunglasses
Broom (if wanted to sweep a ramada)
Shoeshine brush
Umbrellas
Tire Chains & Shovel (winter)

COMFORT
Drinking water, bottles or cups (The National Park only sells empty refillable souvenier bottles)
Snacks, beverages, ice
Toilet seat covers/toilet paper/paper towels
Sunscreen (all seasons)
Hand lotion
Hand sanitizer
Insect repellant (like Off)
Handkerchief/Tissues
Comfortable walking shoes
Hat (can be removed for ceremony & photos)
Attire in layers

INSIDE THE PARK RECOMMENDATIONS
El Tovar - BEST BET: Shuttle Service -

CAMP VERDE RECOMMENDATIONS
Babe’s Round Up -

CAMERON RECOMMENDATIONS
Cameron Trading Post -

By Phillip Waring
Arizona Ministers