Hours of Operation
Gift Shop and Snack Bar: 9 am to 5 pm
Hermits Rest is an iconic and historic stop, and the conclusion to the Rim Trail and Hermit Road. It also serves as the gateway to magnificent backcountry hiking trails that originate from the Hermit Trail, a steeply winding path into the canyon that begins 0.25 miles (0.4 km) west of this distinctive building.
Hermits Rest was built to resemble an old miner's cabin with native stonework, a giant alcove fireplace, and front porch. It presently offers a gift shop, snack bar, and west end views of Grand Canyon. Restrooms and a water bottle filling station are available outside, behind the main building.
Commissioned by the Fred Harvey Company in 1914, Hermits Rest is yet another wondrous structure designed by famed architect Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter. Designed as a rest area at the end of the Hermit Road, which was also constructed by the Fred Harvey Company, Hermits Rest was also the last bastion of civilization for visitors preparing to descend down into the canyon along the Hermit Trail.
Horse-drawn carriages, and later automobiles, operated by the Fred Harvey Company once carried visitors on scenic tours along the Hermit Road, dropping visitors off here for a respite before returning to Grand Canyon Village. The distinctive style of this structure is unique and skillfully crafted out of native materials that blend in with the natural environment.
Today, this location is frequented by hikers, travelers, and history enthusiasts that arrive by foot, bicycle, shuttle bus, and, during the months of December through February, automobile.