South Rim Shuttle Bus Routes: Summer 2021

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COVID-19 Safety Modifications to Shuttle Operations:

Shuttle capacity is limited to 31 passengers. (5/29/2021)
  • 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.
Collage of 3 shuttle bus photos showing passengers boarding buses in different locations

Four Shuttle Bus Routes are in Operation this Summer


1) Hikers' Express

The Hikers' Express is an early morning bus with service from the Backcountry Information Center to South Kaibab Trailhead.

  • During 2021, The Hikers' Express Bus will run directly from the Backcountry Office to the South Kaibab Trailhead. No other stops will be made along the Hikers' Express Route.
  • Hikers can park their cars overnight, in Parking Lot D, by the Backcountry Information Center.
  • Bus Departs the Backcountry Information Center — June, July, August: 4, 5, 6 am.
  • Bus Departs the Backcountry Information Center September: 5, 6, 7 am.
  • Is the Hikers' Express Shuttle your best option? That depends upon your itineary. Learn about your options >

2) Kaibab Rim (Orange Route) Eastbound

Kaibab Rim (Orange Route) Eastbound
This shuttle begins at Grand Canyon Visitor Center with direct service to South Kaibab Trailhead, Yaki Point, and Pipe Creek Overlook.

  • The Kaibab Rim Route Eastbound, to the South Kaibab Trailhead and Yaki Point will be in operation daily, starting at 4 am, and running until one hour after sunset.
  • Note: There is no parking at South Kaibab Trailhead for private vehicles.
  • Note: the westbound portion of Kaibab Rim Route, to Yavapai Geology Museum, is not in operation at this time. There is no shuttle bus service between Grand Canyon Visitor Center Plaza and Yavapai Geology Museum.

3) Hermit Road (Red Route)

Hermit Road (Red) Route

  • Tour a 7 mile historic road.for outstanding scenic views.
  • Hermit Road is closed to private vehicles when the Hermit Road shuttle is in service (during the 9 busiest months of the year).
  • During summer 2021, the Hermit Road shuttle will be in operation daily, starting at 4 am, and running until one hour after sunset.
  • During busy periods, plan on taking the Hermit Road shuttle first thing in the morning. Expect extremely long lines and wait times by mid-day.

4) Visitor Center Plaza to Hermit Road Express Bus

The Visitor Center Plaza to Hermit Road Express Bus is new this summer. It transports passengers between the Visitor Center Plaza and the Hermit Road Transfer Station. The transfer station for the Hermit Road (Red Route) shuttle. is located on the west end of the Village Historic District, just west of the Bright Angel Trailhead and Kolb Studio.

  • The Express bus runs directly from the Visitor Center Plaza to the Hermit Road Transfer Station, then it returns to the Visitor Center.
  • The Express bus runs every 15 minutes from 12 noon to 8 pm ONLY.
  • The Express bus does not make any other stops in the Village.
Map showing Grand Canyon Village and Vicinity showing the three shuttle bus routes that are in service during summer 2021. Hermit Road Red Route is shown by a red line on the right. Kaibab Orange Route is shown by an orange line on the left.
A portion of the South Rim Pocket Map modified to show the shuttle bus routes the are in operation during summer 2021: Hermit Road (Red Route) shown by a red line. Eastbound Kaibab Rim (Orange Route) shown by an orange line. The Hiker Express bus stop, and the Visitor Center to Hermit Road Express bus stops are indicated by black bus icons. Click on the image to download the map as a PDF file. When you arrive in the park, you will receive a paper copy. (1.1 MB)

Shuttle Bus Routes Not in Operation During 2021


Village Route (Blue Route) CLOSED

The Village (Blue Route) connected the Visitor Center Plaza with lodges, campgrounds, and other services.

The Village (Blue Route) will not be in operation during the 2021 Season. The route is closed until further notice.


Kaibab Rim (Orange Route) Westbound CLOSED

The Westbound Kaibab Rim (Orange Route) connected the Visitor Center Plaza with Mather Point and Yavapai Point/Geology Museum.

The westbound portion of the Kaibab Rim (Orange Route) will not be in operation during the 2021 season.

  • There is no shuttle bus service between Grand Canyon Visitor Center and Yavapai Point/Geology Museum. If you walk along the Canyon Rim Trail between the Visitor Center and the Yavapai Point, you will need to walk back to your starting point.
  • There is no shuttle bus service between historic Grand Canyon Village and Yavapai Point/Geology Museum. If you walk east along the Canyon Rim Trail (The Trail of Time) between the village and Yavapai Point/Geology Museum, you will need to walk back to your starting point.
  • To walk the Trail of Time portion of the Canyon Rim Trail, you may be able to find parking at Yavapai Point/Geology Museum, and walk west from there to the village.

Tusayan (Purple Route) CLOSED

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.

Note: the Tusayan (Purple Route) will not be in operation during the 2021 Season. The route is closed until further notice.


General Things to Know When Riding Park Shuttle Buses

  • Visitors should expect lines causing 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 arrive every 15-30 minutes.
  • Bus stops are clearly marked throughout the park.
  • The routes interconnect, but do not overlap.
  • 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


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.

Last updated: June 5, 2021

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