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Places To Go

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View looking north across Grand Canyon Village into Grand Canyon.

Grand Canyon Village

South Rim (open all year)

Grand Canyon Village is the center of activity and the transportation hub for the South Rim of the park. The village is the only place where the railroad reaches the rim of the canyon. There are three areas of interest: 1)The Visitor Center and Mather Point, 2) Market Plaza - the business center where the general store, the bank and the US Post Office are located, 3) The Historic District, where the railroad depot and original hotels and pioneer village started.

The free Village Shuttle Bus Route (blue) connects the lodges, campground, restaurants, and shops, with the business center (Market Plaza) and the Visitor Center and Books & More bookstore.

The Scenic Kaibab/ Rim Shuttle Route (orange) is the shortest scenic route and the only access to the South Kaibab Trailhead, Yaki Point, and the Yavapai Geology Museum.

The Scenic Hermit Road Shuttle Route (red) operates March 1st - Nov. 30.
stops at 9 canyon overlooks along the scenic 7 mile (11 km) Hermit Road.
 
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South Rim Transit Map

Fall 2014 (Sept. 6 through Nov. 30, 2014)
South Rim Village Transit Map
(2.8 MB PDF File) letter-size paper (4 pages)

as one large page 22.5" x 17"
(1.8 MB PDF file)
 
historic train depot

Historic train depot with El Tovar Hotel beyond

In the Village you will find the Historic District, the heart of development on the South Rim, predominantly built by the Santa Fe Railroad during the first half of the 20th Century.

Several of the buildings date from the early 1900s, including Mary Colter's Lookout Studio and Hopi House.

Stop by the Train Depot, take one of the walking tours, and imagine yourself back in the day when President Teddy Roosevelt and artist Thomas Moran spent time here at the canyon. Trains arrive at the Grand Canyon Depot at least once a day.
 
verkamps visitor center

Verkamps Visitor Center

Visit Verkamp's Visitor Center, formerly a curio shop, to learn to learn more of the history of this community. A Grand Canyon Association bookstore within this visitor center is a great place to browse for gifts.

Kolb Studio cascades down the side of the canyon and features art exhibits in the auditorium of a building that was once the home of the canyon's pioneering photographers. A Grand Canyon Association bookstore within Kolb Studio is a great place to browse for gifts, with all proceeds going directly to the upkeep of the studio itself.

 
greenway from historic district to market plaza

Paved Greenway Trail

Greenway Trail

Across the street from the depot, above the Xanterra South Rim General Offices begins another segment of the Greenway Trail.

This segment of the Greenway, away from the rim, takes walkers and bicyclists from Grand Canyon Village to Market Plaza. For bicyclists the Greenway provides a much safer route than the park's busy narrow roads.
 
visitors approaching the south rim general store.

General Store at Market Plaza

Market Plaza
is the Business Center of Grand Canyon Village. Here you will find the general store and deli, a bank, the US Post Office, and the cafeteria, gift shop and front desk of Yavapai Lodge.

Market Plaza has a large parking lot (B) in a central location, and is a good place to park and access the park's free shuttle bus system.

 
Yavapai Museum of Geology perched on the canyon rim.

Yavapai Museum of Geology

Yavapai Museum of Geology (Yavapai Observation Station)
is located one mile east (1.6 km) of Market Plaza and features spectacular views of Grand Canyon. Geological displays include three-dimensional models, powerful photographs, and interpretive exhibits that describe the complicated geologic story of the area.

The Yavapai Museum exhibits explain the deposition of rock layers, the uplift of the Colorado Plateau, and the carving of Grand Canyon. A Grand Canyon Association bookstore within the museum is a great place to browse for gifts.
 
Grand Canyon Visitor Center

Grand Canyon Visitor Center

Grand Canyon Visitor Center

(South Rim) and the Books and More bookstore, are located just South of Mather Point. Outdoor exhibit provide a variety of information about Grand Canyon National Park and what to do once you are here.

Watch the film, Grand Canyon: A Journey of Wonder, in the theater. The movie is 20 minutes long and starts on the hour and the half-hour.

The Visitor Center is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily and may be reached by riding a free shuttle bus from Grand Canyon Village or Market Plaza, or by parking in the parking lots that wrap around the plaza.

Walk to the canyon rim and Mather Point by following the signed pedestrian paths leading from the Visitor Center Area to the Rim Trail.


 
desert view watchtower

The Desert View Watchtower

Desert View (open all year)

The Desert View Drive or East Rim Drive (Highway 64) leaves Grand Canyon Village and follows the canyon rim east for 26 miles (42 km) to Desert View - at the east entrance to the park.

Download the Desert View Trail Guide (1MB PDF File)

The Desert View Watchtower, constructed in 1932 as a replica of a prehistoric Indian tower, commands a magnificent view of the Grand Canyon, the Painted Desert to the east and the San Fransico Peaks to the south. This 70 foot (21 meter) tower is the highest point on the South Rim. The interior walls of the tower feature murals by Hopi artist Fred Kabotie.

A visit to Tusayan Ruin and Museum provides a glimpse of Pueblo Indian life some 800 years ago. Tusayan Ruin is located three miles west of Desert View and is open daily 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Download the Tusayan Ruin Trail Guide (821 kb PDF File)

Download the Desert View Map Here (235kb PDF File)


 
view from grand canyon lodge, north rim

Grand Canyon Lodge View

North Rim

Lodging and restaurants open: May 15 through Oct. 15, 2014.

A worthwhile trip for those who enjoy the road less traveled, the North Rim, or "other side" of the Grand Canyon is visited by only 10% of all Grand Canyon visitors. There is only one lodge, the Grand Canyon Lodge (managed by Forever Resorts) and one developed campground on the North Rim.

The hike across the canyon from South Rim to North Rim is 21 miles (34 km). However, traveling from the South Rim to the North Rim by automobile requires a five-hour drive of 220 miles (354 km). Directions to the North Rim...

The North Rim has a short season. Lodging and camping are available at the canyon's North Rim from May 15th through October 15th. During winter months, the North Rim is closed due to snow.

The North Rim Visitor Center, located adjacent to the parking lot for Grand Canyon Lodge and Bright Angel Point provides park and regional information, maps, brochures, exhibits, and a bookstore. Open mid-May through mid-October from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm daily. Interpretive programs are offered seasonally. Public restrooms are located in back of the building.

Download the North Rim Overview Map (266kb PDF File)

Download the North Rim Detail Map (289kb PDF File)

Most visitors make a stop at Bright Angel Point, at the southern end of the entrance road. From the parking area it is a short, easy walk to Grand Canyon Lodge and a classic view of the canyon. This facility is wheelchair accessible. A paved, 0.5 mile (0.8 km) round-trip trail leads from the lodge, out the spine of the ridge, to the point. This trail is steep in places, with drop-offs and stairs, but provides dramatic views into Roaring Springs and Bright Angel Canyons.

Point Imperial and Cape Royal are reached via a winding scenic drive. The trip to both points, with short walks at each and several stops at pullouts along the way, can easily take half a day.

Point Imperial, the highest point on the North Rim at 8,803 feet (2,683 meters), overlooks the Painted Desert and the eastern end of Grand Canyon. Here the canyon transforms as the narrow walls of Marble Canyon, visible only as a winding gash, open dramatically to become "grand." Layers of red and black Precambrian rocks, not visible at Bright Angel Point, add contrast and color. Part of the viewpoint is accessible.

Cape Royal provides a panorama up, down, and across the canyon. With seemingly unlimited vistas to the east and west, it is popular for both sunrise and sunset. The sweeping turn of the Colorado River at Unkar Delta is framed through the natural arch of Angels Window. Look for the Desert View Watchtower across the canyon on the South Rim. This popular viewpoint is accessible via a paved, level trail.


 
view of colorado river from toroweap overlook

3,000 ft above river

Tuweep

The view from Toroweap Overlook, 3000 vertical feet (914 meters) above the Colorado River, is a breathtaking sheer drop. This remote and primitive area, known as both Tuweep and Toroweap, is on the northwest rim of the Grand Canyon on the Arizona Strip. A visit to this area can be challenging, but rewarding.

Since the National Park Service manages the area for its primitive values, improvements and services are minimal.

Read more about this remote place...

 
 
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Your phone provides a fun way to learn more about the Park.
Listen to park rangers give 2 minute audio tours at various points of interest on the South Rim, from Hermit Road to Yaki Point, and the North Rim. Learn more...

Did You Know?

CCC STRINGS THE INNER-CANYON TELEPHONE LINE

In November of 1934, the Grand Canyon Civilian Conservation Corps began working on a telephone line through the canyon. They started at Indian Garden and moved down to the Colorado River. They needed to complete this portion of the line first before the extreme summer heat started. More...