South Rim Shuttle Bus Routes: September, 2020

Limited Shuttle Bus Service Has Resumed

Service was suspended in mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic. In an effort to protect public health and follow public health guidelines, shuttle bus service will be significantly modified. Please read the following carefully:

  • The scenic Hermit Road Route (Red Route) operates from 5 am until 1 hour after sunset. Cars are not permitted. More >
  • Kaibab Rim Route - Eastbound (Orange Route) between the Visitor Center and the South Kaibab Trailhead, operates from 5 am until one hour after sunset each day. More >
  • The Hiker Express Shuttle runs daily from the Backcountry Information Center to the South Kaibab Trailhead at 6, 7, and 8 am. No additional stops are made. Hikers can park their cars in Parking Lot D, by the Backcountry Information Center. More >

  • The Village Route will not be in operation.
  • The Tusayan Route from the Visitor Center to the town of Tusayan, will not be in operation.
  • The Kaibab Rim Route - Westbound from the Visitor Center to Yavapai Geology Museum will not be in operation.
 
 

Information On This Page Navigation

 
Collage of 3 shuttle bus photos showing passengers boarding buses in different locations
 

This fall, free South Rim Shuttles are operating on 3 routes:

(Visitors should expect delays to board a bus during busier times of the day)
 

1) Kaibab Rim Route - Eastbound

Kaibab Rim (Orange) Route - in service beginning September 5, 2020.

  • Park at the Visitor Center and be transported to exceptional canyon views is by taking the eastbound Kaibab Rim bus to Yaki Point. (Yaki Point is closed to private vehicles.)
  • This bus also transports hikers and backpackers to and from the Visitor Center and the South Kaibab Trailhead.
  • The Kaibab Rim Route (Orange Route) eastbound will operate from 5 am until one hour after sunset each day.
  • The westbound bus from the Visitor Center to Yavapai Geology Museum will not be in operation during this time.
 

2) Hermit Road Route

Hermit Road (Red) Route in service beginning September 5, 2020 (through November 30, 2020)

  • Hermit Road Route and all shuttle stops along Hermit Road. Visitors wishing to access the Hermit Road Route need to park in a designated parking space near the Hermit Road. This includes the Village Loop roadside parking and the Backcountry Information Center parking lot.
  • The Hermit Road (Red Route) will operate from 5 am until one hour after sunset each day.
  • Outstanding scenic views are available along an historic road.
  • Hermit Road is closed to private vehicles when the Hermit Road shuttle is in service. (usually from March through November).
  • However - Hermit Road is open for foot and bicycle traffic.

Hermit Road will be open to private vehicles between December 1, 2020, and February 28, 2021, weather permitting.

 

3) Hikers' Express

  • Three Hikers' Express buses will run from the Backcountry Information Center to the South Kaibab Trailhead at 6, 7, and 8 a.m. each morning to transport hikers wishing to access the canyon.
  • These buses will run directly from the Backcountry Information Center to the South Kaibab Trailhead and not make any other stops.
  • These three morning runs are the only buses that will operate daily between Grand Canyon Village and the South Kaibab Trailhead. Hikers can also park at the Grand Canyon Visitor Center and access the South Kaibab Trailhead via the Kaibab Rim Route (Orange Route).
 

Village Route - Not in Service

Information about the Village Route (Blue Route) for reference.
 

Tusayan Route - Not in Service

Information about the Tusayan Route (Purple) Park & Ride for reference.
 

Safety modifications to normal shuttle operations include:

  • Shuttle capacity is limited to 15 passengers.
  • Face masks/coverings are required. Prior to entry passengers must have their own face mask/covering.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available for use.
  • Passengers must follow all CDC and public health physical distancing guidelines while in line and on the bus.
  • Sidewalk decals, tape, and signage has been installed at bus stops to promote physical distancing.
  • Buses will undergo daily cleaning according to CDC and public health guidance.
  • Shuttle bus staff will follow specific screening protocols when reporting to work each day.
 

General things to know when riding park shuttle buses

  • Visitors should expect delays to board a bus during busier times of the day.
  • Buses are white with a green stripe and display the route name on the front and the side
  • No tickets are required; a portion of your entrance fee pays for this important service
  • Buses come every 15-30 minutes
  • Bus stops are clearly marked throughout the park
  • The routes interconnect, but do not overlap
  • Bus stops are located approximately every mile along the 13-mile Rim Trail. Walk a portion of the Rim Trail while taking in the views and then get on a shuttle bus. The Rim Trail is wheelchair-accessible from Lookout Studio to the South Kaibab Trailhead
  • Bus stops are also in proximity to great cycling opportunities. Bicycle the Greenway Trail to South Kaibab Trailhead or ride Hermit Road to Hermits Rest and then get on a shuttle bus to come back
  • Service may be suspended during inclement weather
 

Shuttle Bus Etiquette

  • No eating or open drink containers

  • No pets allowed on shuttle buses. Service dogs are permitted (as defined by the Americans With Disabilities Act).

  • Collapse strollers before entering the shuttle bus. No oversized or jogging strollers. Remove baby-back carriers when seated

  • Shuttle buses can accommodate two or three bicycles, but not tag alongs, baby trailers, or children's bicycles with wheels less than 16 inches (41 cm). Riders must load and unload their bicycles

  • Shuttle buses are equipped with ramps and space to carry passengers in wheelchairs.Please note: wheelchairs larger than 30 inches wide by 48 inches long (76 cm x 122 cm) cannot be accommodated on shuttle buses and most motorized scooters will not fit

  • Shuttle buses only stop at designated bus stops


All of the park's buses are wheelchair accessible, but the park does offer a Scenic Drive Accessibility Permit, which allows entry for visitors with mobility issues to some areas closed to public traffic. The permit is available at entrance gates and National Park Service visitor centers.
 

What are service animals?

"Service animal means any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. Other species of animals, whether wild or domestic, trained or untrained, are not service animals for the purposes of this definition.

The work or tasks performed by a service animal must be directly related to the handler's disability. Examples of work or tasks include, but are not limited to, assisting individuals who are blind or have low vision with navigation and other tasks, alerting individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing to the presence of people or sounds, providing non-violent protection or rescue work, pulling a wheelchair, assisting an individual during a seizure, alerting individuals to the presence of allergens, retrieving items such as medicine or the telephone, providing physical support and assistance with balance and stability to individuals with mobility disabilities, and helping persons with psychiatric and neurological disabilities by preventing or interrupting impulsive or destructive behaviors.

The crime deterrent effects of an animal's presence and the provision of emotional support, well-being, comfort, or companionship do not constitute work or tasks for the purposes of this definition."

- The Americans with Disabilities Act

 
 

 
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1976 photo of Hermit Road shuttle.

History of the Shuttle Bus System

The National Park Service has provided free shuttle bus service on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park for more than 40 years. All of the park's buses are fully accessible and run on compressed natural gas, which means fewer harmful emissions for people and the environment. And the roadways are far less crowded!

Grand Canyon's shuttle system provides a hassle free way to access South Rim trails, viewpoints, and other points of interest –some areas are only accessible by bus. The shuttle system is not an experience in and of itself, but a means to access all that the South Rim has to offer –hiking;cycling;scenic views and artistic endeavors;historical structures inspired by the regional landscape;and museums and information centers that highlight the park's unique cultural and natural resources. So, park your car and begin your Grand Canyon explorations!

South Rim - Tusayan Multimodal Transportation Action Plan (2.72 MB PDF File - 5/2019)
The purpose of this action plan is to enhance the quality, extent,and use of multimodal transportation options between Tusayan and the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park in a manner that benefits visitors, residents, service providers, community members,and park resources.

 
 

South Rim Pocket Map and Services Guide

In place of a park newspaper, the South Rim Pocket Map and Services Guide is now being distributed at entrance stations, visitor centers, lodges, campgrounds, stores, and out-of-park locations. Download it here... The Pocket Map shows clearly the four shuttle bus routes.
 
a portion of the South Rim Pocket Map that shows Grand Canyon Village with shuttle bus routes as colored lines. on the right; shuttle bus information and schedules.
Front and back sides of the South Rim Pocket Map and Services Guide. You may click on the image to download the guide.
 

Last updated: September 9, 2020

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