Hermit Road

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Hermit Road is a scenic route along the west end of Grand Canyon Village on the South Rim which follows the rim for 7 miles (11 km) out to Hermits Rest. This extremely popular route is accessed by free park shuttle bus, foot, bicycle, or commercial bus tour most of the year, with private vehicles allowed only during winter months of December, January and February.

Hermit Road is closed to private vehicles between March 1 and November 30, 2018

Along the canyon rim are nine designated viewpoints where the free Hermits Rest Route shuttle bus stops. The Canyon Rim Trail also follows the rim of the canyon for 7.8 miles (12.6 km) along Hermit Road and offers the opportunity for short or long walks between viewpoints on both paved and dirt trails. In addition to the Rim Trail, three miles of paved greenway trail provide additional views for cyclists and hikers.

 
map shows Hermit Rest Bus Route in Red, along with the 10 bus stops along the route.
Note: THIS MAP IS NOT TO SCALE. Between March 1st and November 30, Hermit Road buses provide transportation between the Village Route Transfer Station and Hermits Rest (7 miles/ 11 km) with stops at 9 canyon overlooks. On the Return Trip, buses stop only at Hermits Rest, Pima, Mojave, and Powell Points. The Hermit Road (Red Route) is a 75 minute round-trip ride (without getting off the bus).
 
Diagram in red shows the 7 mile Hermit Road or Red Route shuttle stop diagram, with nine stops on the way out and only three on the return trip.
Between March 1st and November 30th, free shuttle buses provide transportation between the Village Route Transfer Station and Hermits Rest (7 miles/ 11 km) with stops at nine canyon overlooks. On the return trip, buses stop only at Hermits Rest, Pima, Mohave, and Powell Points.

There is no shuttle bus service on Hermit Road between December 1, and February 28 of each year; and private vehicles are permitted on the road during that time.
 

Photos From Hermit Road's Overlooks

 
People lined up at a front-facing bus.

Hermits Rest Transfer Station

0.7 miles, 1.1 km west from here to Trailview Overlook on a paved trail

The Hermits Rest Route (Red) shuttle begins here.

The Rim Trail also begins here. From the transfer station, the trail climbs a hill to Trailview Overlook. The hill was created by the Bright Angel Fault, and is one of the steepest sections of the Rim Trail. But the views along the way are worth the climb!
 
View of a trail going down steep cliff terrain.

Trailview Overlook

0.7 miles, 1.1 km west from here to Maricopa Point on paved trail
0.7 miles, 1.1 km east from here to Hermits Rest Transfer on a paved trail

This viewpoint offers good views of the Bright Angel Trail switchbacking through the canyon below, as well as the Historic District of the village, including the prominent El Tovar Hotel. Several sets of stairs access two main viewing areas.
 
A cliff with an overlook in front of a view of the canyon.
View north from Maricopa Point.

Maricopa Point

0.5 miles, 0.8 km west from here to Powell Point on paved and then dirt trail
0.7 miles, 1.1 km east from here to Trailview Overlook on a paved trail

In addition to stunning vistas, Maricopa Point looks out over the former Orphan Lode Mine, claimed in 1891 by miner Dan Hogan. Originally mining copper, Hogan switched to uranium ore in the 1950s. Mining operations ended in 1967. Grand Canyon National Park acquired the property in 1987 but only began major environmental restoration in 2008

 
Structure at Powell Point.
Visiting Powell Memorial

Powell Point

0.3 miles, 0.5 km west from here to Hopi Point on dirt trail
0.5 miles, 0.8 km east from here to Maricopa Point on dirt and then paved trail

The Powell Memorial at this viewpoint commemorates the 1869 and 1871-72 exploratory trips down the Colorado River by Major John Wesley Powell and expedition crews. Stunning vistas can also be enjoyed from Powell Point.

 
Hopi point view.
View looking across at the North Rim from an upper tier of Hopi Point.

Hopi Point

0.8 miles, 1.3 km west from here to Mohave Point on dirt trail
0.3 miles, 0.5 km east from here to Powell Point on dirt trail

Hopi Point is one of the most popular viewpoints for watching the sunset and sunrise because of its wide vistas. The Colorado River comes into view to the west. Restrooms are available here.

 
Mojave point view.
View north with Mohave Point on the right

Mohave Point

1.1 miles, 1.8 km west from here to The Abyss on dirt trail
0.8 miles, 1.3 km east from here to Hopi Point on dirt trail

Another spectacular point for watching sunset and sunrise, Mohave Point also offers views of the Colorado River deep in the canyon below.

 
Monument creek drainage visible from the Abyss.
Looking down into Monument Creek drainage from The Abyss.

The Abyss

0.9 miles, 1.4 km west from here to Monument Creek Vista on dirt trail
1.1 miles, 1.8 km east from here to Mohave Point on dirt trail

This viewpoint provides an almost vertical view down into the canyon, looking down into the Monument Creek drainage area where backpackers often camp next to Monument Creek or on a small beach along the Colorado River at Granite Rapids.

 
A double rainbow beginning at the bottom of a desert canyon, forms an arc, above a series of colorful terraced cliffs.
Looking east from the Monument Creek shuttle stop.

Monument Creek Vista

1.7 miles, 2.7 km west from here to Pima Point on paved trail
0.9 miles, 1.4 km east from here to The Abyss on dirt trail

From this viewpoint the Greenway Trail begins, accommodating hikers, bicyclists, and visitors using wheelchairs. The trail meets Accessibility Guidelines for Outdoor Developed Areas. Much of the trail follows the 1912 alignment of Hermit Road. There are six overlooks, including Pima Point, in addition to multiple resting areas along the trail.

 
A wide open expanse of a desert canyon with steep, vermilion colored cliffs on both sides and a muddy river within a gorge down below.
View to the west from Pima Point of the Colorado River down below.

Pima Point

1.1 miles, 1.8 km west from here to Hermits Rest on paved trail
1.7 miles, 2.7 km east from here to Monument Creek Vista on paved trail

Pima Point is one of the best places on the rim to see and sometimes hear the river. The splash and grind of Granite Rapids below can be heard echoing up the canyon walls on quiet days. The Greenway Trail continues from here to Hermits Rest, allowing bicyclists and visitors using wheelchairs to share the path with pedestrians.

 
Stone building with a path to the right.
Approaching Hermits Rest.

Hermits Rest

Rim Trail ends to the west
1.1 miles, 1.8 km east from here to Pima Point on paved trail

Mary Colter, one of Grand Canyon's most famous architects, built Hermits Rest in 1914 to look like an old miner's cabin, complete with a giant fireplace and front porch. Today Hermits Rest has a gift shop and small snack bar. Restrooms are available here. The Hermit Trail, winding steeply down into the canyon, begins about 0.5 miles, 0.8 km west of Hermits Rest.

 
 
 
Workers moving and planting potted native plants.

Rehabilitation

In November 2008 a major rehabilitation project was completed along Hermit Road that included widening the road to increase visitor safety, widening and improving the rim trail and constructing a new multi-use Greenway Trail, while maintaining the historic rural character of the roadway and protecting the park’s natural and cultural resources.

To learn more about the 2008 Hermit Road Rehabilitation Project go to The Scenic and Historic Hermit Road.

The project also included one of the largest vegetation restoration and rehabilitation efforts ever undertaken at Grand Canyon National Park. Restoration crews planted 20,000 plants and spread 200 pounds of native grass and shrub seed. The vegetation work stabilized road shoulders, maintained the genetic integrity of plant species along Hermit Road, replanted impacted areas, and continues today with invasive species management and routine maintenance.

To learn more about the revegetation project go to Canyon Sketches Vol 06 - October 2008 Hermit Road Native Plant Restoration.

 
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Last updated: September 17, 2018

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