2) Kaibab Rim RouteKaibab Rim (Orange) Route - In Service all year:
If you have limited time, this is the fastest way get from the Visitor Center to exceptional canyon views, the South Kaibab Trailhead, and Yavapai Geology Museum.
(Out of Service) Hermit Road RouteHermit Road (Red) Route
Will be in Service: March 1, 2020, through November 30, 2020
Outstanding scenic views along an historic road. Hermit Road is closed to private vehicles during this period, the busy season.
Hermit Road is open to private vehicles between December 1, 2019, and February 28, 2020, weather permitting.
(Out of Service) Tusayan RouteTusayan Route (Purple) Park & Ride
Will be In Service March 1, 2020, through mid-September, 2020
If you are planning a visit during the South Rim's busy season (March 1, through mid-September, 2020) entrance station lines are long, and parking is difficult to find on the South Rim. You can park in the gateway community of Tusayan, buy your pass online, or in Tusayan, then ride this free shuttle into the park.
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One of the best ways you can experience the South Rim of Grand Canyon in 3 to 4 hours is to combine walking with shuttle bus riding.
Things to Know When Riding Park Shuttle Buses
Shuttle Bus Etiquette
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 Americans with Disabilities Act
History of the Shuttle Bus SystemThe 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.
February 15, 2019 news release:
Tusayan Route Shuttle Bus Operations to begin March 1 — Park and Ride; We'll be Your Guide
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.
Last updated: January 26, 2020