Hermit Road Shuttle Bus Route

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COVID-19 Safety Modifications to Shuttle Operations:

Shuttle capacity is limited to 31 passengers. (7/17/2021)
  • Passengers must have their own face mask/covering.
  • This is a federal mandate that applies to vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals on all public transit.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available for use.
  • Passengers must follow all CDC and public health physical distancing guidelines while in line and on the bus.
  • Sidewalk decals, tape, and signage has been installed at bus stops to promote physical distancing.
  • Buses will undergo daily cleaning according to CDC and public health guidance.
  • Shuttle bus staff will follow specific screening protocols when reporting to work each day.
 

Hermit Road (Red) Route

In service, March 1 - November 30, 2021

  • This route provides transportation between Grand Canyon Village and Hermits Rest along a 7 mile road along the rim of the canyon with bus stops at 9 exceptional scenic overlooks.
  • Between March 1, and November 30, Hermit Road can only be accessed by the free shuttle bus, by foot, or by bicycle.
  • Hermit Road is only open to private vehicles during the months of December, January and February.
 
Shuttle bus passengers boarding at Hermits Rest. Grand Canyon beyond.
Last stop on the Hermit Road (red) Route, historic Hermits Rest

80 Minutes Round Trip

(without getting off the bus)

The Hermit Road (Red Route) is in operation from 5 am until one hour after sunset each day. Sunset Times >

  • Every 30 minutes 5–6 am
  • Every 10-15 minutes 6 am to sunset
  • Every 30 minutes sunset to an hour after sunset
  • Last bus: 30 minutes after sunset
    (To ride the last bus: be at a bus stop 30 minutes after sunset).
 

Hermit Road Route - Need to Know

  • Outbound buses stop at all nine overlooks.

  • Return trip buses stop only at these 4 stops:
    Hermits Rest, Pima, Mohave, and Powell Points (see loop map below).

  • The last outbound bus leaves the Village Transfer Station 1 hour before sunset.

  • The last return bus leaves Hermits Rest 45 Minutes after sunset. View sunset times >

  • 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 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 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.

 
 

Points of Interest

 
 

Suggested Itineraries Along Hermit Road

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.

 
two people climbing stone steps of Powell Memorial monument (a masonry structure that is about 20 ft square and 20 feet tall, with an observation desk and a large bronze commemorative plaque on top. Silhouetted ridgelines in the background.
Powell Memorial at Powell Point commemorates the Powell Expedition that explored Grand Canyon via the Colorado River in 1869.

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).

 
a map showing the Hermit Road Greenway trail alongside Hermit Road. At the bottom of the graphic is a Trail Profile with the elevation ranging between 6668 feet / 2032 meters to 6,813 feet / 2077 meters.
Hermit Road Greenway Trail is shown by the green line. The greenway was constructed along a route that has once been an historic carriage road.

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.

 
Smiling woman riding a red bicycle along a paved road with colorful canyon walls beyond.
Touring Hermit Road

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.

 

Map: Hermit Road in Relation to Grand Canyon Village

 
 
 

Inclement Weather Operations on Hermit Road

  • During summer thunderstorms, or other inclement weather, shuttle bus service will be suspended on Hermit Road.
  • Visitors will not be transported via shuttle bus from the Village Route Transfer Station, westward to viewpoints along Hermit Road.
  • However, shuttle bus drivers along this route will do all they can to either shuttle visitors along Hermit Road east to the Transfer or become standing shelters out along the route.
  • When service is suspended due to inclement weather, shuttle buses with additional capacity will stop anywhere along the Hermit Road it is safe to do so, and pick up visitors.
  • More detailed information about Lightning Danger.
 
 
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Last updated: September 11, 2021

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