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.

2013 Grand Canyon Star Party

March 6th, 2013

Grand Canyon’s 23rd Annual Star Party will be held on both South and North Rims from June 8-15, 2013.  For eight days in June, park visitors will explore the wonders of the night sky on Grand Canyon National Park’s South Rim with the Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association and on the North Rim with the Saguaro Astronomy Club of Phoenix. Amateur astronomers from across the country will volunteer their expertise and will offer free nightly astronomy programs and free telescope viewing. Visitors will have the chance to view the planet Saturn along with a wide assortment of star clusters, galaxies, and nebulae by night, and the sun and planet Mercury by day.  Grand Canyon is one of the best night sky observing sites in the United States because it has some of the darkest skies and cleanest air in the country. Participants will experience spectacular views of the universe!  Everyone dress… read more

Grand Canyon Field Institute March Classes, Hikes & Tours

March 5th, 2013

Introductory Backpack March 11, 2013 to March 14, 2013 A Grand Canyon hike from rim to river spans millions of years in geologic time and takes hikers from a high-altitude forest to desert lowlands in very short order.  Along the way there is much to intrigue the curious traveler.  Big views, ancient fossils, amazing plants, archaeological sites and pioneer structures are all in plain view, and provide a wide range of topics for your expert instructor to address.  Our introductory backpack begins with a thorough orientation, pack check and afternoon stroll along the scenic South Rim.  The following day includes a 4.5 mile descent of the Bright Angel Trail to the towering cottonwood trees of Indian Garden Campground, home for a two-night camping adventure.  A sunset visit to nearby Plateau Point with its commanding view of the Inner Gorge will cap the group’s inaugural day below the rim.  The following… read more

2013 Grand Canyon Celebration of Art

March 4th, 2013

The 2013 Grand Canyon Celebration of Art (South Rim) will be held from September 14, 2013 through January 12, 2014. Hosted each year by the Grand Canyon Association, the Grand Canyon Celebration of Art is an annual event that includes 6 days of art-related events followed by a 3-month long exhibition in Kolb Studio on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. The exhibit opens with a reception on September 21, 2013, from 11am to 1pm, which is free and open to the public. The Celebration of Art features 26 artists from around the country who engage in a plein air competition and exhibition.  Park visitors have the opportunity to watch the artists paint as they seek to represent the shifting light and shadow, amazing land forms, and vibrant colors of this vast landscape. Each artists brings a completed studio piece with them and then creates more artwork on… read more

History Exhibit: The Amazing Kolb Brothers Continues Through March

March 3rd, 2013

The Amazing Kolb Brothers, A Grand Life at the Grand Canyon, Exhibit will continue to be hosted by Kolb Studio on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park through the month of March 2013.  This exhibit is open daily from 9:00am to 5:00pm and is free and open to the public. The Kolb brothers are legend at the Grand Canyon for their pioneering spirits and treasure trove of photographs.  Ellsworth and Emery arrived at the South Rim in the dawning years of the 20th Century, long before the Grand Canyon was designated a national park.  Stories of their adventures, their family and their enduring photography business on the Rim are told for the first time in exhibit form and displayed in their historic studio. At first glance, Kolb Studio is just a house perched on the rim of Grand Canyon, but if you look behind the doors or see… read more

South Rim Road Conditions

March 2nd, 2013

Park Road Conditions & Closures Direct-dial information recording:  please call 928.638.7496 As of this update, all South Rim Roads are open, but there may be a few icy places on Desert View Drive. Please drive with caution.  Additional snowstorms or freezing conditions may result in future road closures that can happen with little or no advance notice.

South Rim Road Conditions

March 1st, 2013

  Park Road Conditions & Closures Direct-dial information recording:  please call 928.638.7496 As of this update, all South Rim Roads are open, but there may be a few icy places on Desert View Drive. Please drive with caution.  Additional snowstorms or freezing conditions may result in future road closures that can happen with little or no advance notice.

Grand Canyon National Park Tourism Creates over $467 Million in Economic Benefit

March 1st, 2013

According to a peer-reviewed report released by the National Park Service, Grand Canyon National Park’s 4.3 million visitors spent $467,257,000 and supported 7,361 jobs in Arizona in 2011. “Grand Canyon National Park is one of the 22 national parks in Arizona.  These national parks are exceptional places – the jewels in America’s crown where we relax, get exercise and learn about America’s story,” said Dave Uberuaga, Grand Canyon National Park Superintendent.  “And the people who live and work in communities near these national parks are invested in the parks.  Whether they visit a park, own or work at a business that serves local or long distance visitors or provides services for a park or park employees, the money visitors spend on national park trips has a positive impact on local economies, the economy of Arizona, and on our national economy.” This week the National Park Service also released its 2012… read more

Grand Canyon National Park to Host Archaeology Day on March 23, 2013

February 24th, 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

South Rim Road Conditions

February 23rd, 2013

As of this update, all South Rim Roads are open, but there may be snow-packed and icy places. Please drive with caution.  Additional snowstorms or freezing conditions may result in future road closures that can happen with little or no advance notice. Call 928-638-7496 for current park road condition information

Darryl Haley To Help Grand Canyon Celebrate Black History Month & “Healthy Parks Healthy People”

February 20th, 2013

This weekend, Darryl Haley, former New England Patriot, Ironman Triathlete, and world-renowned fitness trainer, will be joining Grand Canyon National Park’s Diversity Council in celebrating Black History Month and enjoying the Grand Canyon as a place to have fun, learn something, and get healthy at the same time. On Friday, February 22, 2013, Haley will join an hour-long, ranger-led walk along the Rim Trail which will begin at the Grand Canyon Visitor Center (Located on the South Rim) at 3pm.  Then, on Monday, February 25, Haley will share his health and fitness expertise and his Grand Canyon experiences during an evening program at 7pm at the Shrine of the Ages Auditorium.  Both programs are free of charge and are open to the public. Through his experiences at Grand Canyon, Haley, a health and fitness enthusiast who hosts WHUR’s (Howard University Radio) Fitness Friday on the Steve Harvey Morning Show, hopes… read more