• View of Grand Canyon National Park at sunset from the South Rim

    Grand Canyon

    National Park Arizona

Yaki Point Road and the South Kaibab Trail Parking Lot

The Yaki Point Road and Kaibab Trail Parking Lot Closure (South Rim)

BUSY SEASON: from March 1 to November 30
During the busy season, the Yaki Point Road and Kaibab Trail Parking Lot are CLOSED to private vehicle traffic. You will need to ride a shuttle bus to access this area. Private vehicle access to is permitted for vehicles with accessibility permits.

Thumbnail of Winter 2014 Village Transit Map.

South Rim Transit Map

Winter 2014 (Nov. 30, 2014 through Feb 28, 2015)
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)

Schedule for WINTER MONTHS: from December 1 to February 29

During the winter, the road to Yaki Point and the South Kaibab Trailhead parking lot
remain closed to private vehicles due to parking and road congestion.

The park's free shuttle buses now provide visitors with access to Yaki Point and the South Kaibab Trailhead throughout the winter months.

The Hiker's Express Shuttle Bus (Winter Schedule)

An early morning bus with service to South Kaibab Trailhead. Bus departs from Bright Angel Lodge bus stop on the hour; second stop at Backcountry Information Center; third stop at Grand Canyon Visitor Center; last stop at South Kaibab Trailhead.

December, January and February
8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m.

From December through February the Village Shuttle Bus Route, (Blue Route) which provides service throughout the Grand Canyon Village including the Visitor Center, Mather Campground, Backcountry Information Center, park hotels, restaurants and gift shops - with connecting service from the Visitor Center (via the Kaibab/ Rim Route) to the South Kaibab Trailhead and Yavapai Museum.

  • Every 30 minutes from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.
  • Every 15 minutes from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Every 30 minutes from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

The Kaibab/ Rim Route (Orange Route) provides access from the Visitor Center to Yaki Point, the South Kaibab Trailhead and the Yavapai Geology Museum.
  • 30 minutes: 6:00 a.m. - 6:30 a.m.
  • 15 minutes: 6:30 a.m. to one hour after sunset.

Accessibility Permits for Yaki Point and the South Kaibab Trailhead are also available to those with accessibility considerations and are available at visitor contact stations throughout the park. Those with resident stickers issued by the NPS will also be able to park overnight at the trailhead.

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