Visiting the South Rim in an RV or Pulling a Trailer
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Parking is at a premium on the South Rim when it’s busy, especially for RVs over 22 feet and for vehicles with trailers, which have limited parking options.
If you are planning to visit the South Rim for the day, and you are not able to arrive at the South Entrance Station before 9:30 am, we suggest you park in the gateway community of Tusayan, then take the free Tusayan (Purple) Route shuttle to the park's visitor center transit terminal. Here's how >
If you are able to arrive before 9:30 am, jump ahead > for information about 3 parking lots inside the park (in the South Rim Village) that can accomodate RVs.
Tusayan Shuttle - in Service May 28 - September 9, 2022
The Tusayan (Purple) Route provides free shuttle bus service between the gateway community of Tusayan and the park between May 28 and September 9, 2022.
After making four stops in Tusayan, the bus travels 6.8 miles/11 km to the South Rim Visitor Center. The buses run every 20 minutes between 8 am and 9:30 pm. A round trip takes 40 minutes.
During summer months, RV visitors arriving midday will find parking in Tusayan, then riding the shuttle into the park a better option —than entering the park and driving around looking for a parking spot, (especially during the busy time of day: between 9:30 am and 5 pm).
You must have valid park entrance pass to board the shuttle bus. Passes may be purchased online in advance, or from one of the locations within the town of Tusayan. Bus stops at the IMAX Theater and the Grand Hotel in Tusayan have vending machines where you may purchase an entrance pass with your charge card.
Arrive Before 9:30 am - Driving into the Village Developed Area
To find a good RV parking spot, arrive on the South Rim early – before 9:30 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.
RV Parking in Lot D(Backcountry Information Center in Village) – generally fills by 2:00 pm
From the RV parking lots, you can take a free shuttle bus out to spectacular scenic views, or ride a shuttle around the South Rim Village.
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
Parking Your RV at Visitor Center Lot 1
From the nearby shuttle bus terminal, you can ride the Kaibab (Orange) Route shuttle bus 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 South Kaibab Trailhead or at Yaki Point. The only motorized access is by park shuttle bus).
From the Visitor Center shuttle bus terminal, it is also possible to ride the Village (Blue) Route that circles around the entire village connecting the Visitor Center to lodges, campgrounds, parking lots, and Market Plaza (Store, bank, Post Office and Yavapai Lodge).
From Visitor Center Lot 1, it is also possible to ride your bicycle along a designated Greenway Trail, or you can walk to Mather Point, then east to South Kaibab Trailhead, or west to Yavapai Geology Museum and the historic village, along the Canyon Rim Trail.
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 and Bright Angel Bicycles.
Parking Your RV in Village Lot D
From Lot D, (near Maswik Lodge and the Backcountry Information Center), it is a 0.4 mile/.65 km, walk to the Hermit Road Transfer Station, where you can ride the Hermit Road (Red) Route shuttle and see spectacular scenic views along the 7.5 mileHermit Road.
Note: during the busy season, between March 1 and November 30, the shuttle provides the only free motorized access to Hermit Road.During December, January and February, the shuttle is not in service, and Hermit Road is open to private vehicles.
Bright Angel Trailhead is just up the hill from the Hermit Road Transfer Station.