Parking at the South Rim Visitor Center Plaza (Lots 1, 2, 3, 4)
As you drive into the Village area from the South Entrance Station, or from Desert View Drive, (State Route 64) signs will direct you to the Visitor Center Plaza Parking Complex.
As you approach, the Visitor Center Plaza parking lots are numbered, 1 to 4, starting with Lot 1. (The lots are shown visually in the detailed map below.)
The parking areas are represented by numbers, colors, and animal symbols to help you remember where you left your car. You can also take a photo with your phone of your vehicle parked in the lot.
Restrooms are located in separate buildings on both ends of the Visitor Center Building.
Lot 1 is the closest to Mather Point and Grand Canyon views, and has Pull-through Spaces for RVs and Vehicles with Trailers.
Lot 2 is closer to the Visitor Center Plaza. No RV spaces.
Lot 3 often acts as the overflow lot is a short walk to the Visitor Center Plaza. No RV spaces.
Lot 4 is close to the Bicycle Rental/Café, GCC Park Store and the Visitor Center/ Plaza. No RV spaces.
Map of South Rim Visitor Center (Lots 1- 4)
Important: there are No Parking Spaces for RVs and/or Vehicles with Trailers in Lots 2, 3, 4.
Large vehicles should NOT pull across multiple regular parking spaces.
During the busy season, if you arrive by 9 am, you can usually find parking in one of the four lots around the Visitor Center Plaza.
What To Do Next:
See Grand Canyon
Walk ( 0.2 mile ) to Mather Point for your first view of Grand Canyon.
From Mather Point, you can continue walking by turning either east of west along the Canyon Rim Trail - or simply return to the Visitor Center.
Explore the Visitor Center Plaza
TheVisitor Center building itself is closed at this time. However, Information tables staffed by park rangers are located at the building's entrances. Hours: 9 am - 4 pm daily, Thursday through Monday (Closed Tuesday and Wednesday).
The rangers are available to answer any questions you may have.
Within the plaza itself is Grand Canyon Conservancy'sPark Store, featuring a wide variety of books, maps, apparel, souvenirs, and gifts.
Also within the plaza, Bright Angel Bicycles & Café, rents bicycles, and offers guided bicycle tours. They have a coffee and espresso bar, and a variety of grab-and-go food items.
Free Shuttle Bus Service
From the Visitor Center Shuttle Bus Terminal, you can board a free Village (Blue) Route shuttle which serves the lodges, campgrounds, Backcountry Information Center, and Market Plaza, with a general store and US. Post Office.
From the Visitor Center Shuttle Bus Terminal, another option is to take the eastbound Kaibab Rim Route(Orange) Route shuttle to the South Kaibab Trailhead and Yaki Point scenic overlook, —or board the westbound (Orange) Route shuttle to Mather Point and Yavapai Geology Museum.
Overview Map of South Rim Village Parking Lots
While lots 1-4 near the Visitor Center Plaza provide for convenient parking, these lots fill by late morning during busy periods, including spring break, summer and holidays during the fall and winter.
Additional parking is available in lots A-B at Market Plaza and C-D in the Village Historic District. The three lots that can accommodate RVs (1, B, and D) are indicated by green arrows.
Parking at Market Plaza and in the Village Historic District (Lots A-D)
Parking is available in lots throughout Grand Canyon Village. Please avoid parking along the roadside except where signs or lines on the road indicate that it is permissible. RVs and vehicles with trailers should only park in designated areas. Large vehicles should NOT pull across multiple regular parking spaces. Lots A-D are described in more detail here and shown in the map above.
Lot A: Near Park Headquarters, is a long parking lot, across the street from Market Plaza. It tends fill in the early afternoon. Lot A does NOT have space for RVs or vehicles with trailers
Lot B: Near the businesses in Market Plaza. This is the largest lot and has space for RVs and vehicles with trailers. This lot tends to fill in early afternoon. The Post Office, Chase Bank, General Store and Yavapai Lodge are located here
Lot C: This small lot in the village, near the intersection of Center and Village Loop Roads may have parking spots when others lots are filled. Lot C does NOT have space for RVs or vehicles with trailers
Lot D: A large lot near the Backcountry Information Center (BIC) in the Village. May have parking spots when others lots are filled. The southern portion of this lot, just beyond the BIC building, has large, pull-through spaces for RVs and vehicles with trailers.
When it is busy in the village, Lot D is the best lot to park in to access the Hermit Road (Red Route) Shuttle, Bright Angel Trailhead, and the Village itself.
TheSouth Rim Pocket Map and Services Guide
Contains a map of the bus stops, parking areas, lodges, campgrounds and trails with distances. Download >