Places To Go
South Rim - Open All YearGrand Canyon Village is the center of activity and the transportation hub for the South Rim of the park. The village is the only place where the railroad reaches the rim of Grand Canyon.
Within Grand Canyon Village, are three main areas of interest:
To get around the village, the Village Shuttle Bus (Blue Route) connects the Visitor Center / parking areas with the lodges, campground, restaurants, and shops.
From the Visitor Center, the easiest and fastest way to get out and see Grand Canyon is to take the scenic Kaibab Rim Shuttle Bus (orange route) This bus provides the only access to the South Kaibab Trailhead, and Yaki Point.
The Scenic Hermit Road Shuttle Route (red) operates March 1st - Nov. 30.
stops at 9 canyon overlooks along the scenic 7 mile (11 km) Hermit Road. (west of the village) Hermit Road is open to private vehicles between December 1, and February 28.
Grand Canyon Visitor Center (South Rim)
Is located just South of Mather Point. Outdoor exhibits provide a variety of information about Grand Canyon National Park and what to do once you are here.
In the Village you will find the Historic District, the heart of development on the South Rim, predominantly built by the Santa Fe Railroad during the first half of the 20th Century.
Several of the buildings date from the early 1900s, including Mary Colter's Lookout Studio and Hopi House.
Stop by the Train Depot, take one of the walking tours, and imagine yourself back in the day when President Teddy Roosevelt and artist Thomas Moran spent time here at the canyon. Trains arrive at the Grand Canyon Depot at least once a day.
Visit Verkamp's Visitor Center, formerly a curio shop, to learn to learn more of the history of this community. A Grand Canyon Association bookstore within this visitor center is a great place to browse for gifts.
Across the street from the depot, above the Xanterra South Rim General Offices begins another segment of the Greenway Trail.This segment of the Greenway, away from the rim, takes walkers and bicyclists from Grand Canyon Village to Market Plaza. For bicyclists the Greenway provides a much safer route than the park's busy narrow roads.
Yavapai Museum of Geology (Yavapai Observation Station)
is located one mile east (1.6 km) of Market Plaza and features spectacular views of Grand Canyon. Geological displays include three-dimensional models, powerful photographs, and interpretive exhibits that describe the complicated geologic story of the area.
The Yavapai Museum exhibits explain the deposition of rock layers, the uplift of the Colorado Plateau, and the carving of Grand Canyon. A Grand Canyon Association bookstore within the museum is a great place to browse for gifts.
Desert View - Open All YearDesert View is a small settlement located 25 miles/ 41 km east of Grand Canyon Village, near the eastern edge of Grand Canyon National Park. At Desert View, the Colorado River makes a turn to the north while the Painted Desert extends toward the Navaho and Hopi Indian Reservations. On a clear day, one can see well over 100 miles. (161 km)
Mary Colter's historic Watchtower is located here, as well as a general store, gas station and seasonal campground.
North Rim - Closed for the WinterLodging, restaurants and shops are open May 15 through Oct. 15 of each year. During winter months, the North Rim is closed by snow.
A worthwhile trip for those who enjoy the road less traveled, the North Rim, or "other side" of the Grand Canyon is visited by only 10% of all Grand Canyon visitors. There is one lodge, Grand Canyon Lodge (managed by Forever Resorts) and one campground on the North Rim operated by the NPS.
The view from Toroweap Overlook, 3000 vertical feet (914 meters) above the Colorado River, is a breathtaking sheer drop. This remote and primitive area, known as both Tuweep and Toroweap, is on the northwest rim of the Grand Canyon on the Arizona Strip. A visit to this area can be challenging, but rewarding.
Last updated: December 2, 2018