COVID-19 Safety Modifications to Shuttle Operations:
Due to current LOW CDC Community Level in Coconino County —Face masks are not required this week in either indoor or outdoor locations, or on public transportation. However physical distancing is encouraged.Updated every Thursday.
The last return bus stops at all Hermit Road bus stops on the way back to the village.
During the busy seasons, the line can be long at the Hermit Road Transfer Station – you may have to wait for two to three buses.
If you don't want to wait in the shuttle line, and are up for a short, but strenuous hike on a paved footpath, walk 0.7 mi/1.1 km up to Trailview Overlook, where you can board one of the outbound shuttle buses.
— or continue walking along the Canyon Rim Trail towards Hermits Rest. Beyond Trailview Overlook, the trail levels out and offers easy to moderate hiking for an additional 7.1 miles (11.4 km) to Hermits Rest.
Hermit Road Route shuttle buses are great when you use them in conjunction with the Canyon Rim Trail. You can get off at one stop, enjoy a scenic walk along the rim, and then get back on the bus at the next stop.
Those wanting a longer walk can carry a daypack with food and water, ride the shuttle bus out to Hermits Rest, then dayhike the Canyon Rim Trail the 8 miles (11 km) back to Grand Canyon Village.
Panoramic Views and River History
Park in Lot D by the Backcountry Information Center and walk to the Village Route Transfer Station, get on a Hermits Road Route bus, ride to Mohave Point, then walk east along the unpaved Rim Trail, taking in spectacular canyon views — to Powell Point (1.1 mi/1.8 km).
You can continue walking east past Powell Point along the paved Canyon Rim Trail back to the Village (another 1.9 mi/3.1 km) or get on a shuttle bus at Powell - westbound buses (toward Hermits Rest) or eastbound buses (returning to Grand Canyon Village).
River Views with a Quiet Forest Walk
Starting at the Hermit Road Route Transfer Station, get on a Hermits Road Route bus, ride to Monument Creek Vista. This shuttle stop marks the start of the three-mile, multi-use Greenway Trail for bicyclists and pedestrians. Most of the Greenway Trail follows the alignment of the 1913 Hermit Rim Carraige Road.
Walk west along the paved Greenway Trail taking in spectacular canyon views, then passing through a quiet forested area on the way to Pima Point (1.7 mi/2.7 km) or Hermits Rest (2.8 mi/ 4.5 km)
The Greenway Trail is fully accessible from Monument Creek Vista to Pima Point. Westbound buses (toward Hermits Rest) will pick you up at each bus stop. Eastbound buses (toward Grand Canyon Village) only stop at Pima Point.
Beautiful Views and a Glorious Ride
If you are more interested in cycling than walking, ride your own bicycle, or rent one from Bright Angel Bicycles (in the Visitor Center Plaza).
Bicycling from the village along Hermit Road and the Greenway Trail — to Hermits Rest is 8.0 mi/12.9 km (one-way). You will get some great views of the canyon while feeling the wind on your face.
There are some steep sections along this route, so be prepared for an workout. If you tire and do not want to continue — go to one of the designated shuttle stops along Hermit Road. When the bus arrives, you can load your bike onto the rack in front of the bus and have it brought back to the Village.
When riding on Hermit Road, as shuttles approach, you must find a safe place to pull to the right shoulder and dismount until the bus passes by.
When walking or cycling at the Grand Canyon, make sure to take your time and carry food and water with you. The South Rim of Grand Canyon averages 7,000 feet / 2,134 meters above sea level. Visitors with respiratory or heart problems may experience difficulties. Exercising at this elevation can be strenuous.