main-bkgdThe Valle Travel Stop is part of our travel services complex which includes the Grand Canyon Inn, the Native American Art & Jewelry Gallery, the Southwestern Gift Store, and the Grand Canyon Inn Restaurant and Cocktail Lounge. We offer visitors to the Grand Canyon the convenience of shopping, staying, and dining with us! Located just 23 miles south of Grand Canyon National Park, we are closer to the Park than Williams and Flagstaff. Stay and shop with us and spend more time at the Grand Canyon! The Valle Travel Stop is an Official Grand Canyon National Park Pay Station. You can purchase your gate passes with us and save time at the Park entrance by using the express lane.

In addition to the fuel and tourist services we offer, the Valle Travel Stop has an out-
standing Native American Art & Jewelry
Gallery of collector art and jewelry and southwestern collectible art created by
Native American artists. Our Southwestern
Gift Shop has an exciting collection of
Grand Canyon, Route 66, and Arizona
apparel, collectibles and souvenirs.

Archaeology Day, Saturday 3/23/2013

March 16th, 2013

Join park rangers at the Grand Canyon Visitor Center to learn more about people who lived here long ago.  Family-friendly activities take place from 10:00am to 4:00pm.  Try your hand at making clay pinch pots and split-twig figurines; sift for artifacts and plant corn, beans and squash. There will also be cultural dance and handicraft demonstrations throughout the day, and a special evening program at 7:30pm at the Shrine of Ages Auditorium. Special Evening Program by Park Archaeologist Ellen Brennan Shrine of Ages Auditorium: 7:30pm All activities and programs are free of charge. Activities for Kids at Visitor Center: Join the rangers at the Grand Canyon Visitor Center to learn more about people who lived here long ago.  Family friendly hands-on activities take place from 10:00am to 4:00pm (Outdoor activities weather permitting.) Make clay pinch pots Make split-twig figurines “Sift for artifacts” Create rock art on scratch art paper Plant… read more

Drinking Water in the Cross-Canyon Corridor

March 15th, 2013

Purified drinking water is usually available year-round at Bright Angel and Indian Garden Campgrounds and at Bright Angel and South Kaibab trailheads. Seasonal water stations are usually turned off for the winter sometime between October 10th and 30th depending on location and associated temperatures. Water available (year round) on the South Rim at the Backcountry Information Center in the lobby.  Water available (year-round) on the North Rim outside the Backcountry Information Center.  Additional water bottle filling stations can be found on the Go “Green” and Refill Your Water Bottles web page. Plan Ahead and Prepare:  A backup method to treat water, should the pipeline break, must always be included as part of your first aid kit.  Backcountry hikers should always carry extra water.

Grand Canyon National Park Recently Celebrated Black History Month and Healthy Parks Healthy People with Darryl Haley

March 15th, 2013

On Friday, February 22, Grand Canyon National Park and special guest Darryl Haley kicked off a weekend celebration of Black History Month and Healthy Parks Healthy People.  This groundbreaking event was a part of the Grand Canyon Diversity Council’s effort to increase diversity and inclusivity in Grand Canyon National Park. Haley is a former New England Patriot, Ironman Triathlete, and world-renowned fitness trainer.  He also hosts WHUR’s (Howard University Radio) Fitness Friday on the Steve Harvey Morning Show.  Haley participated in the celebration in order to experience the Grand Canyon first-hand and to spread the word that there are a wide range of opportunities for people of varying fitness levels to experience their national parks. On Friday, Haley was introduced to the park by participating in a ranger-led walk along the Rim Trail.  On Saturday, he joined a hike down the Bright Angel Trail, 3.2 miles and 3,800 feet to… read more

Bright Angel Trailhead Restoration

March 14th, 2013

Work began September 2012 and is currently in progress.  Construction will be ongoing through April 2013.  For more information visit www.nps.gov/grca/parkmgmt/const.htm Significant progress has been made on the Bright Angel (BA) Trailhead rehabilitation project.  Reconstruction of two masonry walls, one near Kolb Studio and one along the BA Trail has been completed.  In addition, the accessible trail from Village Loop Road to the southwest BA trailhead, the identity sign at the southwest trailhead, the shade shelters, and paving of the parking lot between the BA cabins and the southwest trailhead have also been completed.  The two restroom buildings are substantially complete; and the overall project is on schedule.  Completion is currently expected by mid-May, 2013. The next major milestone is completion of the underground burial of utilities and a critical tie-in to the Kolb Studio.  Remaining site work includes site grading, setting boulders, and paving of the concrete plaza and… read more

Grand Canyon Inn Opens for 2013 Season

March 9th, 2013

We are pleased to announce that the Grand Canyon Inn has opened for the 2013 season and is again accepting reservations.  During our off-season winter hiatus, we completely remodeled all the bathrooms in the Inn.  We look forward to accommodating you and being a part of your Grand Canyon Vacation this year! For more information and to make a reservation, please visit our Grand Canyon Inn website at www.grandcanyoninn.com

Current South Rim Transit Map Available

March 9th, 2013

The new South Rim Village Transit Map for Spring 2013 (March 1 – May 22) is now available.  To download a printable pdf document, you may 2013SouthRimVillageTransitMapSpring.

Interpretive Ranger Programs South Rim Spring Schedule Available

March 9th, 2013

Grand Canyon Ranger Programs:  The current program schedule may be downloaded below.  All programs are free of charge. All outdoor programs are subject to cancellation due to inclement weather or when lightning danger is present.  Spring months at Grand Canyon may bring a variety of weather conditions.  It is still possible to receive snow, and you may encounter icy walkways and trails.  Please dress for the weather and consider over-the-shoe traction devices for your comfort and safety. Note:  Children must be accompanied by an adult on all programs. Download the South Rim Spring 2013 Program Schedule by clicking here.  March 1 – May 22, 2013.  Includes the South Rim Village and Desert View / Tusayan Ruin, and inside the canyon at Phantom Ranch and Indian Garden.

“Canyon Condor” Puppet Show Returns to the Grand Canyon

March 8th, 2013

The National Park Service and Great Arizona Puppet Theater are proud to again present Canyon Condor, a fun and educational puppet show.  Free performances will be offered daily, March 11-16, at 1pm in the Shrine of the Ages Auditorium on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. Canyon Condor is the story of “Boo,” a California condor who hatches and grows up at the Grand Canyon.  Through story and song, Boo and the audience learn about the four stages a condor goes through before becoming an adult scavenger, and the importance of condors to the Grand Canyon ecosystem. The hour-long puppet show was written and produced by Nancy Smith of Great Arizona Puppet Theater (GAPT) especially for Grand Canyon National Park.  GAPT was established in 1983 and specializes in puppet shows that educate children and celebrate the rich culture, heritage, and ecology of Arizona. Funding for this event is… read more

We’re Remodeling!

March 7th, 2013

Usually the Grand Canyon Inn is closed for the winter season, but this year all bathrooms in the Inn are being remodeled.  Rooms are available now (until March 6) on a walk-in basis only for a very special rate of $49.99!  No other discounts may apply to this special off-season rate.  You may call 1-800-635-9203 with any questions but please, no reservations.  Take advantage of the opportunity to lodge only 23 miles from the South Rim and spend more time at the Grand Canyon!  As always you can purchase your Park Entry Pass at the Valle Travel Stop, located just across the street from the Grand Canyon Inn. The Grand Canyon Inn will officially re-open for the season on March 7, 2013.

Archaeology Day, Saturday

March 7th, 2013

On Saturday, March 23, 2013, Grand Canyon National Park will host its sixth annual Archaeology Day celebration, commemorating Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month.  Special programs, activities and demonstrations will be held at the Grand Canyon Visitor Center throughout the day, with a special evening program at the Shrine of the Ages. Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month was created 30 years ago to inform the public about archaeology in the state of Arizona.  In Grand Canyon National Park alone, over 4,300 archaeological sites have been recorded to date, and archaeologists estimate that the park may have as many as 50,000 – 60,000 sites.  Some of the artifacts found in the park date back almost 12,000 years, testimony to the vast extent of the human history of the area.  That history lives on as the descendents of those ancient peoples continue to utilize the area today. Grand Canyon National Park’s… read more