Visiting the South Rim in an RV or Pulling a Trailer

The South Rim is a popular place that receives 6.0 million visitors each year. Spring break, summer and holidays during the fall and winter are busiest.

Parking is at a premium on the South Rim when it’s busy, particularly for RVs over 22 feet and vehicles with trailers, which have limited parking options. Here are some tips to help:

Park in Tusayan and take the Tusayan Route (Purple Route) shuttle bus into the park:

  • Shuttle bus route operates every day from 8:00 am to 9:30 pm (March 1 – Sept 30) – after making four stops in Tusayan, heads to the Grand Canyon Visitor Center, where you can access the in-park shuttle system, viewpoints and park trails.
Tusayan Route (Purple) shuttle map shows the four bus stops, buildings shown in brown and parking lots in purple.
Map of Tusayan showing parking lots and Park & Ride shuttle bus stops.
  • RV parking near IMAX, RP’s Stage Stop and the park and ride lot on north end of town (near second roundabout) - closest bus stop in front of IMAX
  • Must have valid park pass to board the shuttle bus – passes can be purchased at IMAX, Canyon Plaza Resort, Red Feather Lodge and RP’s Stage Stop


If you choose to drive into the park:

  • Get to the South Rim early – by 9:00 am
Grand Canyon village parking map shows parking lots 1-4 and A-D
Parking lots 1-4 are at the Visitor Center. Parking lots A and B at Market Plaza. Parking lots C and D in the Village Historic District.
  • 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 Office in Village) – generally fills by 2:00 pm
  • Park once and take a shuttle bus, ride a bike along the Greenway Trail, or hike along the Rim Trail
  • Easily accessible shuttle bus stops are located in or near all parking lots
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

Download or refer to you copy of the Pocket Map and South Rim Services Guide, which contains a map of the bus stops, parking areas, and trails with distances.

Front and back sides of South Rim Pocket Map and Services Guide
Front and back sides of the South Rim Pocket Map and Services Guide. Click on the image to download as an accessible PDF file (1.1 MB)

Last updated: March 6, 2017

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