Hikers' Express Shuttle Bus — Spring 2021

about 20 people with packs waiting at a bus stop in front of a rustic building with a gabled roof.
Hikers waiting at the bus stop in front of the Backcountry Information Center. Between March 1 and May 28, 2021, (Spring Season), the bus runs from the Backcountry Information Center to the South Kaibab Trailhead. No other stops will be made along the Hikers' Express Route due to the Covid-19 mitigations that are in place. NPS/M.Quinn
 

An early morning bus with direct service from Grand Canyon Village to South Kaibab Trailhead.

  • The Hikers' Express Bus runs directly from the Backcountry Information Center to the South Kaibab Trailhead.
  • Between March 1 and May 28, 2021, (Spring Season), no other stops will be made along the Hikers' Express Route due to the Covid-19 mitigations that are in place.
  • The route is one-way and does not return hikers from the South Kaibab Trailhead to the Backcountry Information Center.

Bus Departure Schedule:

  • March: 6 am, 7 am, and 8 am
  • April: 6 am, 7 am, and 8 am
  • May: 5 am, 6 am, and 7 am
 
Just after sunrise, hikers with packs are boarding a white and green bus. Bus marquee reads, Hiker's Express.
Boarding the Hikers' Express Shuttle at the Backcountry Information Center

Spring Transportation Options for Hikers

Things to Know:
  • Important: the Village (Blue Route) Shuttle is not in service between March 1, and May 28, 2021. There is No Shuttle Bus service between the Visitor Center and Grand Canyon Village during the spring season.
  • No Taxi Service is available in Grand Canyon Village this spring.
  • When planning your itinerary, transportation between trailheads should be decided upon in advance. You may need to use your personal vehicle to pick-up or drop off members of your party.
  • If you decide to walk the additional miles between the trailhead and where your car is parked, be sure to allow extra time. Carry a headlamp or flashlight with spare batteries.
 

Best Options for Corridor Trail Hikers

The Corridor Trails on the South Rim are the Bright Angel and South Kaibab Trails.

  • Hiking into the canyon on South Kaibab Trail, then out on Bright Angel Trail
    The best option is to park in Lot D by the Backcountry Information Center and take the Hikers' Express bus to South Kaibab Trailhead. When you top out at Bright Angel Trailhead, it's a .4 mile walk back to your car in Lot D.

  • Hiking in and out of the canyon on Bright Angel Trail
    Don't take the Hikers' Express bus. Parking is limited at Bright Angel trailhead. The best option is to park in Lot D by the Backcountry Information Center then walk to the Trailhead, a distance of .4 miles.

  • Hiking in and out of the canyon on South Kaibab Trail.
    No parking is available at the trailhead for private vehicles.
    Don't take the Hikers' Express bus. The best option is to park at Grand Canyon Visitor Center and be transported to the South Kaibab Trailhead via the Eastbound Kaibab Rim (Orange Route) shuttle, which operates from 4:30 am. until one hour after sunset. As long as you complete your hike around sunset, the shuttle will take you back to your car at the visitor center.

    If you park at the Backcountry Information Center (Lot D) — ride the Hikers' Express shuttle to the South Kaibab Trailhead — then hike out the South Kaibab Trail — you can take the Kaibab Rim shuttle as far as the visitor center, however, you will have to walk from the visitor center back to your car in Lot D — a distance of 2.75 miles/4.4 km.

 

COVID-19 Safety Modifications to Shuttle Operations:

  • Shuttle capacity is limited to 15 passengers.

  • Face masks/coverings are required. Prior to entry passengers must have their own face mask/covering.

  • 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.

 
South Rim Pocket Map: Getting Around South Rim
Click on the map above to download the South Rim Pocket Map and Services Guide (1.1 MB PDF file)
 
 

Last updated: March 7, 2021

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