Village Route Transfer - Hermit Road (Red) Route

A long line of people wait under a peaked shade structure at a bus stop marked by a red sign.
Start the Hermit Road (Red) Route here, or take a walk up the Rim Trail to Trailview Overlook.


Quick Facts

Bus/Shuttle Stop, Wheelchair Accessible

This shuttle route is NOT IN OPERATION between December 1, 2022 and February 28, 2023, when Hermit Road is open to private vehicles.

Westbound only - to Hermits Rest

Located west of Bright Angel Lodge at the start of Hermit Road, this shuttle stop is just a few steps west of the Village (Blue) Route shuttle stop for the Hermit Road Interchange and Bright Angel Trailhead.

Between March 1, and November 30, 2022, when the Hermit (Red) Route is in service, Hermit Road is closed to private vehicles, and the free shuttle buses, along with commercial tours provide the only motorized access to Hermit Road. The road is always open to foot and bicycle traffic. 

  • During the summer season, boarding lines can be long at the Hermit Road Transfer Station – you may have to wait for two to three buses. Arrive early in the morning for shorter lines. 

Before getting on the bus, take a moment to look over the edge here. Below, you will see the start of the Bright Angel Trail, with intrepid hikers making their way up and down the switchbacks. Your next stop, Trailview Overlook, will give you a grand sense of the journey that awaits those hiking thousands of feet down into the canyon. 

From this transfer station, board the Hermit Road (Red) Route bus to experience
the scenic 7 mile (11 km) road out to Hermits Rest, and the Hermit Trailhead. There are 9 outstanding viewpoints, each with a designated bus stop.

The Canyon Rim Trail also follows the rim of the canyon for 7.8 miles (12.6 km) alongside Hermit Road, and offers the opportunity for short or long walks between viewpoints — on both paved and dirt trails. 

The shuttles are great when you use them in conjunction with the rim trail —you can get off at one stop, enjoy a scenic walk along the rim, then get back on a bus at the next stop.

Masks may be required on park shuttle buses.

Spring 2023 Shuttle Schedule

To be announced.

  • Note: this shuttle route is not in operation during the months of December, January and February when Hermit Road is open to private vehicles. 
  • 80 minutes round trip (without getting off the bus)

Don't get 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.

Route Information

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 Village Route Transfer shuttle stop, buses travel westbound to Hermits Rest.

  • Trailview Overlook (westbound only)
  • Maricopa Point (westbound only)
  • Powell Point (westbound and eastbound)
  • Hopi Point (westbound only)
  • Mohave Point (westbound and eastbound)
  • The Abyss (westbound only)
  • Monument Creek Vista (westbound only)
  • Pima Point (westbound and eastbound)
  • Hermits Rest

The buses turn around at Hermits Rest, then return eastbound to the Village, stopping only at the following locations:

  • Pima Point (eastbound and westbound)
  • Mohave Point (eastbound and westbound)
  • Powell Point (eastbound and westbound)
  • Village Route Transfer

Shuttle Bus Rules

  • 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.

Grand Canyon National Park

Last updated: December 1, 2022