Out of Service until March 1, 2018
Hermit Road is open to private vehicles during the winter.
Hermit Road Shuttle Bus Route
80 Minutes Round-trip (without getting off the bus)
This route provides transportation between Grand Canyon Village and Hermits Rest with stops at nine scenic overlooks. The Hermits Rest Route provides excellent walking opportunities via the Rim and Greenway trails and cycling opportunities along Hermit Road. Mohave and Pima points are great places to view the sunset.
Please refer to the loop diagram, along with the South Rim Pocket Map and Services Guide (shown below) for more information about this route.
Points of Interest
Points of interest are also shown below on the left-hand side of the South Rim Pocket Map. When you enter the park, you will receive a paper copy of this map.
Possible itineraries along this route:
Panoramic Views and River History
Panoramic River Views Along with a Quiet Forest Walk
Walk or ride the Village Route bus to the Village Route Transfer, get on a Hermits Rest Route bus, ride to Monument Creek Vista and walk west along the paved Greenway Trail taking in spectacular canyon views 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.
During the busy seasons, the line can be long at the Village Route Transfer – you may have to wait two to three buses. If you don't want to wait in line and are up for a short, but strenuous hike, walk 0.7 mi/1.1 km to Trailview Overlook, where you can board one of the shuttle buses or keep hiking out toward Hermits Rest. West of Trailview Overlook, the Rim Trail levels out and offers easy to moderate hiking for an additional 7.1 miles (11.4 km).
Beautiful Views and a Glorious Ride
If you are more interested in cycling than walking, ride your bicycle (use your own or rent one from Bright Angel Bicycles near the Grand Canyon Visitor Center) out along Hermit Road and the Greenway Trail to Hermits Rest (one-way is 8.0 mi/12.9 km).
You will get some great views of the canyon while feeling the wind on your face.
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.
Last updated: January 24, 2018