South Rim Shuttle Bus Routes: Spring 2021

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COVID-19 Safety Modifications to Shuttle Operations:

  • 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.

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

Three Shuttle Bus Routes are in Operation this Spring


1) Hikers' Express

The Hikers' Express is an early morning bus with service from the Backcountry Information Center to South Kaibab Trailhead.
  • During Spring 2021 (March 1 through May 28) 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.
  • Departs Backcountry Information Center March/April 2021: 6, 7, 8 am.
  • Departs Backcountry Information Center May 2021: 5, 6, 7 am.
  • Is the Hikers' Express Shuttle your best option? That depends upon your itineary. This spring there is no shuttle service between the Visitor Center and Grand Canyon Village and that makes getting around more of a challenge. Learn more >

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. If you have limited time, this is the fastest way get from the Visitor Center to exceptional canyon views.

  • The Kaibab Rim Route Eastbound, to the South Kaibab Trailhead and Yaki Point will be in operation daily (March 1 through May 28, 2021), starting at 4:30 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 and Yavapai Geology Museum.

3) Hermit Road (Red Route)

Hermit Road (Red) Route
In Service, March 1, through November 30.

  • Travel along an 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).
  • Between March 1 through May 28, 2021, the Hermit Road shuttle will be in operation daily, starting at 4:30 am, and running until one hour after sunset.
  • During busy spring break periods, plan on taking the Hermit Road shuttle first thing in the morning. Expect extremely long lines and wait times by mid-day.

Shuttle Bus Routes Not in Operation


Village Route (Blue Route) CLOSED

The Village (Blue Route) normally connects the Visitor Center with the Historic District, campgrounds, lodges and Market Plaza.

  • Note: the Village (Blue) Route is not in operation March 1 through May 28, 2021.
  • There is no shuttle bus service between Grand Canyon Visitor Center and Grand Canyon Village during the spring. If you walk along the Rim or Greenway trails between the Visitor Center and the Village, you will need to walk back to your starting point.

Kaibab Rim (Orange Route) Westbound CLOSED

The westbound portion of the Orange Route between the Visitor Center and Yavapai Geology Museum is not in operation at this time.
  • If you walk along the Rim or Greenway trails between the Visitor Center Yavapai Geology Museum, you will need to walk back to your starting point.

Tusayan (Purple Route) CLOSED

Tusayan Route (Purple) Route & Park & Ride
The Tusayan Route may be in operation sometime during the summer of 2021.

If you are planning a visit during the South Rim's during the busy summer season, 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.


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 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.


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: April 9, 2021

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