Village Historic District

On September 17, 1901, the First Steam-Powered Train, a spur line of the Santa Fe Railway, arrived to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. With the arrival of the train, the quiet area of the South Rim rapidly expanded into the bustling Grand Canyon Village.

The first decade of the Santa Fe Railway’s arrival saw the construction of the luxurious, El Tovar, and shops, such as Hopi House and Verkamp’s Curios (today’s Verkamp’s Visitor Center). Over the next three decades, the Grand Canyon Village expanded to accommodate its growing visitation. Today visitors can take a step back in time and wander through this historically preserved village dating back to the early 1900s.


Historic Buildings in the Village

A dark brown building with a National Park Service arrowhead on it.
Verkamp's Visitor Center History

A curio shop and family home for more than a century, Verkamp's was the oldest family-owned concessioner in Grand Canyon.

A adobe pueblo building with two signs in the front.
Hopi House History

The Hopi House pays tribute to the Hopi and their ancestors that have inhabited the Grand Canyon for centuries.

A wooden railway depot next to a set of railroad tracks.
The Grand Canyon Railway Depot History

The Grand Canyon Railway Depot is one of the oldest standing wooden train depots in the United States.

A wooden Swiss chalet lodge.
El Tovar History

The El Tovar was the most luxurious hotel west of the Mississippi River when it opened in 1905.

A group of people standing outside the entrance of a hotel
Bright Angel Lodge History

The Fred Harvey Company built the Bright Angel Lodge on the former site of the Bright Angel Hotel and Camp established by James Thurber.

A two door log cabin
Buckey O'Neill Cabin History

The Buckey O'Neill Cabin is considered the oldest continuously standing structure on the South Rim.

A stone building with the Grand Canyon in the background.
Lookout Studio History

Inspired by the natural landscape around her, Mary Colter modeled this building after southwestern Native American architectural styles.

A brown building covered by trees with the Grand Canyon in the background.
Kolb Studio History

The Kolb Brothers, best known for their death defying photographs, built a home and studio on the edge of the South Rim in 1904.


Last updated: October 26, 2023

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