Parking - South Rim Visitor Center and Village

Looking down on a large curved parking lot with 4 rows for cars and a row of large pull-through spaces that are filled with RVs.
Parking Lot 1, at the South Rim Visitor Center Plaza has pull-through spaces for large RVs and vehicles with trailers. Parking Lot 1 is also the closest to the views of Grand Canyon at Mather Point and the Canyon Rim Trail.
 
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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 4 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.

Restrooms are located in separate buildings on either end of the Visitor Center Building.

 
4 vehicle parking lots surrounding South Rim Visitor Center Plaza. Lots are numbered beginning with lot 1, upper left, continuing clockwise around the plaza area. Mather Point and rim trail also shown at top of the map.
Starting with the RV Lot, Lot 1, the parking lots continue clockwise in a circle that surrounds the Visitor Center Plaza. Footpaths will lead you from the parking lots and plaza grounds to Mather Point, and the Canyon Rim Trail.
  • 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.

 

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 by the Visitor Center.

What to do next:

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  • 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 Eastbound Kaibab Rim Route (Orange Route) from the Visitor Center to the South Kaibab Trailhead, canyon views at Yaki Point, and Pipe Creek overlook. (30 minutes round trip).

  • 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.

    If you walk east from Mather Point along the Canyon Rim Trail. You have option of returning to the Visitor Center on the Kaibab (Orange Route) Shuttle Bus.

    If you walk west from Mather Point, along the Canyon Rim Trail to Yavapai Point, and Grand Canyon Village, you will need to walk back to your starting point, because there is no shuttle service between those locations and the Visitor Center Plaza before May 29, 2021.


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, 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.
 

The South Rim Pocket Map and Services Guide

Contains a map of the bus stops, parking areas, lodges, campgrounds and trails with distances. Download >

Note: the Village (Blue Route) and Westbound Kaibab Rim (Orange Route) have been removed from this version of the map
since they are not in operation this spring.

 
Map showing Grand Canyon Village and Vicinity showing the two shuttle bus routes that are in service between March 1 and May 28, 2021.
A portion of the South Rim Pocket Map modified to show the shuttle bus routes the are in operation during spring 2021: Hermit Road (Red Route) shown by a red line. Eastbound Kaibab Rim (Orange Route) shown by an orange line. Click on the image to download as an accessible PDF of the entire South Rim Pocket Map (1.1 MB)
 
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: May 29, 2021

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