Parking - South Rim Village

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Parking at the South Rim Visitor Center (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 Parking Complex.

As you approach, the 4 Visitor Center 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.

  • Lot 1 is the closest to Mather Point and Grand Canyon views.
    Lot 1 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, Bookstore and Visitor Center/ Plaza. No RV spaces.


Map of South Rim Visitor Center (Lots 1- 4)

Note: 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.
Map showing Grand Canyon South Rim Visitor Center with parking lots 1-4 and Shuttle Bus Stop
The map above shows visitor center parking lots 1-4, in relation to the Visitor Center, Mather Point and the Canyon Rim Trail.

During the busy season, if you arrive by 9 am, you can usually find a parking spot in one of the four lots by the Visitor Center.

What to do next:

  • Visitor Center Plaza, The Visitor Center itself is closed at this time due to public health concerns. However, you can shop in the park store, rent a bicycle, or have a coffee.

  • From the Visitor Center Shuttle Stop, you can take the Village Route (Blue Route), a 50 minute round-trip that connects the Visitor Center with lodges, campgrounds, Market Plaza and other village facilities. Scenic canyon views are a short walk from some of the bus stops.

  • From the Visitor Center Shuttle Stop, you can take the Kaibab Rim Route (Orange Route) If you have limited time, this is the fastest way get from the Visitor Center to exceptional canyon views; eastbound to Yaki Point and the South Kaibab Trailhead, or westbound to Yavapai Point Geology Museum, and the Trail of Time.

  • Walk ( .2 mile ) to Mather Point for your first view of Grand Canyon.

  • From Mather Point, you can continue walking east or west along the Canyon Rim Trail - or return to the Visitor Center Plaza.

Overview Map of South Rim Village Parking Lots

While lots 1-4 near the Grand Canyon Visitor Center 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 3 lots that can accommodate RVs (1, B, and D) are indicated by green arrows.

Grand Canyon village parking map shows parking lots 1-4 and A-D

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, which is staffed with rangers who can provide park information. Across the street from Market Plaza. Tends fill in early afternoon. 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. Tends to fill in early afternoon. The Post Office, 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. Does NOT have space for RVs or vehicles with trailers
  • Lot D: A large lot near the Backcountry Information Center in the Village. May have parking spots when others lots are filled. The southern portion of this lot has large, pull-through spaces for RVs and vehicles with trailers.

Easily accessible shuttle bus stops are located in or near lots A-D.

Some of Grand Canyon National Park's free shuttle buses are in operation. No tickets are required, and bus stops are clearly marked throughout the park by signs. Follow this link for information about the routes that are in service.

a portion of the South Rim Pocket Map that shows Grand Canyon Village with shuttle bus routes as colored lines. on the right; shuttle bus information and schedules.
Click on the map above to download the South Rim Pocket Map and Services Guide (1.1 MB PDF file)
a parking lot filled to capacity with 4 rows of cars.
Parking Lot 2 on a busy day - Grand Canyon Visitor Center (S. Rim)

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Last updated: February 16, 2021

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