Parking is at a premium on the South Rim when it’s busy, especially for RVs over 22 feet and vehicles with trailers, which have limited parking options. Here are some tips to help:
Driving into the South Rim Developed Area
To find a good RV parking spot, arrive on the South Rim early – by 9:00 am
Use the map below to find one of the 3 RV parking lots shown in the map below.
RV Parking in Lot 1(Grand Canyon Visitor Center) – generally fills by 10:00 am
RV Parking in Lot B (Market Plaza) – generally fills by noon; walk across the street to Park Headquarters to get park information
RV Parking in Lot D(Backcountry Information Center in Village) – generally fills by 2:00 pm
There is no RV parking in these lots:
Do NOT park in lots 2, 3 or 4 or in lots A and C
Do NOT pull across multiple regular parking spaces
Depending upon where you park your RV, you may be able to take a free shuttle bus out to spectacular scenic views.
If you park your RV in Village Lot D, it is a 0.4 mile/.65 km, walk to be able to ride the Hermit Road (Red) Route shuttle for spectacular scenic views along the 7.5 mileHermit Road. (Note: the road is closed to vehicles between March 1 and November 30, and the shuttle provides the only motorized access).
If you park your RV at Visitor Center Lot 1, you can ride the Kaibab Rim (Orange) Route shuttle bus from the Visitor Center to South Kaibab Trailhead and Yaki Point, then return to the Visitor Center on the shuttle, or return by walking along the Canyon Rim Trail. (Note: there is no parking for private vehicles at the trailhead or at Yaki Point. The only motorized access is by park shuttle bus).
The Village (Blue) Route circles around the village and connects the Visitor Center to lodges, campgrounds, parking lots, and Market Plaza (Store, bank, Post Office and Yavapai Lodge).
Bicycle rentals are available from Bright Angel Bicycles, located in the Visitor Center Plaza. Park your RV in Lot 1. From there, it is a short walk to the plaza.
November 2021 South Rim Shuttle Bus Routes
Tusayan Shuttle - CLOSED Until Further Notice.
The Tusayan (Purple Route) provided shuttle bus service between the gateway community of Tusayan and the park. After making four stops in Tusayan, the bus traveled 6.8 miles/11 km to the South Rim Visitor Center inside the park. The buses ran every 20 minutes between 8 am and 9:30 pm. It was a 40 minute round trip.
For RV visitors arriving midday, parking in Tusayan, and riding the shuttle into the park, was a better option than driving around looking for a parking place inside the park - during busy time: from 10 am — 4 pm.
Note: the Tusayan (Purple Route) will not be in operation during the 2021 Season.