Kaibab Rim (Orange) Route Shuttle Bus

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Passengers boarding a white and green bus at a stop on the edge of a vast canyon landscape.
Kaibab Rim (Orange) Route Bus at the Yaki Point stop.
 

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.
 

Kaibab Rim (Orange) Route

The Kaibab Rim (Orange) Route is a figure 8 loop that provides transport between the Visitor Center Shuttle Bus Terminal and South Kaibab Trailhead, Yaki Point, Pipe Creek Overlook, Mather Point, and Yavapai Geology Museum.

The road to South Kaibab Trailhead and Yaki Point is closed to private vehicles. Access is by park shuttle, on foot, or by bicycle.

 
Passengers about to board a white and green bus in a forested area with converging footpaths. Bus marque reads, Orange Route.
Kaibab Rim (Orange) Shuttle Bus at the South Kaibab Trailhead stop.

50 Minutes Round-trip

(without getting off the bus)

Fall 2021 Schedule

(September 11, through November 30, 2021)

  • Every 30 minutes 5–7 am
  • Every 15 minutes 7 am to one hour after sunset
  • Last bus: 30 minutes after sunset

Plan to be at a bus stop no later then 30 minutes after sunset. 2021 Sunset Times >

 

Kaibab Rim Route - Need to Know

  • The Eastbound Kaibab Rim (Orange) bus provides direct service from the Visitor Center to South Kaibab Trailhead, then it continues on to Yaki Point and Pipe Creek Overlook, before returning to the Visitor Center.

  • The eastbound bus and the early morning Hikers' Express Shuttle offer the only motorized access to the South Kaibab Trailhead, since the road is closed to private vehicles.

  • The Westbound Kaibab Rim (Orange) bus starts from the Visitor Center, travels to Mather Point and Yavapai Geology Museum, then it returns to the Visitor Center.
  • It is possible to begin walk on the paved rim trail from Yavapai Geology Museum, Mather Point, Pipe Creek Vista, or the South Kaibab Trailhead, walk for a while, then catch the bus at any of these locations, for a ride back to your starting point.
 
graphic shows west and east portions of the Kaibab bus route with visitor center shuttle bus terminal in the middle
This diagram shows the Kaibab Rim (Orange Route) bus stops. Starting at the Visitor Center Shuttle Bus Terminal, then moving counter clockwise to the South Kaibab Trailhead, continuing to Yaki Point, then Pipe Creek Vista, and returning back to the Visitor Center terminal before heading to Mather Point and Yavapai Geology Museum - then back to the Visitor Center terminal.
 

Points of Interest

These points of interest are also shown below on the South Rim Pocket Map and Services Guide. When you enter the park, you will receive a paper copy of this map.

 

South Rim Shuttle Routes - Summer/Fall 2021

 
Map showing South Rim Grand Canyon Village and Vicinity showing the three shuttle bus routes that are in service as of July 17, 2021.
This version of the South Rim Pocket Map shows the three shuttle bus routes that are in operation as of July 17, 2021 in the village developed area. The Kaibab Rim (Orange Route), on the right, and the Hermit Road (Red Route) on the left transport visitors to outstanding views. The Village (Blue Route) in the center, connects the Visitor Center Plaza with lodges, campground, Backcountry Information Center, and the market, bank, and post office.
 

Possible Itineraries Along The Kaibab Rim Route

 

Beautiful Views, Ecology and So Much More

Leave the car in one of the parking areas at Grand Canyon Visitor Center, follow the canyon rim signs to Mather Point, and walk east along the Rim and Greenway trails taking in spectacular canyon views.

In approximately 1.4 miles (2.3 km), you will come to Pipe Creek Vista, where you can take the Kaibab/Rim Route back to the visitor center or continue walking another 1.0 mile (1.6 km) to the South Kaibab Trailhead, where you can get on a Kaibab/Rim Route shuttle bus, which will then stop at Yaki Point and Pipe Creek Vista before returning to the visitor center.

 

Discover the Canyon's Geologic Story

Leave the car in one of the parking areas at Grand Canyon Visitor Center, follow the shuttle bus signs, and get on the Kaibab/Rim Route westbound bus. Take the bus to Yavapai Geology Museum, where you can learn about the Grand Canyon's geologic history, and then walk back along the Rim Trail to the visitor center taking in spectacular canyon views (approximately 0.9 miles or 1.4 km).

 

Walk Along the Canyon Rim

Leave the car in one of the parking areas at Grand Canyon Visitor Center, follow the shuttle bus signs, and get on the Kaibab/Rim Route westbound bus. Take the bus to Yavapai Geology Museum, where you can learn about the Grand Canyon's geologic history, and then walk back along the Rim Trail to the visitor center taking in spectacular canyon views (approximately 0.9 miles or 1.4 km).

 

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: September 11, 2021

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