At The Abyss, impressive canyon views are rivaled by the sheer vertical drop below, the longest such drop found anywhere along the South Rim (3000 ft/ 914 m).
This stop offers a unique place to discover how gravity can profoundly affect the shape of the canyon walls. At The Abyss, no fault line is present, meaning very little water runs into the canyon because it mostly drains to the south away from the rim.
This is unlike many of the other side canyons, which are usually caused by faults cutting through the rock walls and funneling water toward the Colorado River below. Instead, most of the erosion near The Abyss occurs because of gravity's constant pull on the rock face. While at The Abyss, notice the debris of white rocks littered over the red slopes below, showing the evidence of past rock falls.
Masks may be required on park shuttle buses.
Hermit Road (Red) Route - Summer Schedule
May 28, through September 9, 2022
- Every 30 minutes: 4 to 6:30 am
- Every 10-15 minutes: 6:30 am to sunset
- Every 30 minutes: sunset to 30 minutes after sunset
- Last bus: 30 minutes after sunset
Visitors should be at a bus stop no later then 30 minutes after sunset. You don't want to be caught out on Hermit Road in the dark without a ride back to the Village!
The last return shuttle stops at all Hermit Road bus stops on the way back to the Village to ensure that no one is left behind.
Note: this shuttle route is not in operation during the months of December, January and February when Hermit Road is open to private vehicles.
If you simply ride this shuttle bus without getting off at any stop, the entire loop will take approximately 80 minutes to return to where you started. From The Abyss shuttle stop, buses head west towards Hermits Rest and then turn around and return to the Village, stopping at the following locations:
- Monument Creek Vista
- Pima Point (Westbound)
- Hermits Rest
- Pima Point (Eastbound)
- Mohave Point (Eastbound)
- Powell Point (Eastbound)
- Village Route Transfer
Shuttle Bus Rules
- Masks may be required on park shuttle buses.
- No eating or open drink containers.
No pets allowed on shuttle buses. Service dogs are permitted (as defined by the Americans With Disabilities Act).
Shuttle buses are equipped with ramps and space to carry passengers in wheelchairs. Please note that 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.
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 from the front-facing rack.
- Shuttle buses only stop at designated bus stops.