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Grand Canyon National Park - South Rim

West of the village, Hermit Road leads to more overlooks (including the phenomenal Hopi Point) on its way to Hermit's Rest, where you'll find restrooms, a snack bar and a gift shop. The road is closed to private vehicles March through November but can be accessed by the park's free shuttle bus during these months.

In peak summer travel season, brace yourself for crowds. In most areas of Grand Canyon Village, parking is scarce. Free shuttles run year round at the village, and it's often wise to park at the visitor center and use the shuttle to get around. To avoid parking headaches all together, consider riding the free shuttle from Tusayan (the park's gateway town); service is available June through September.

If you're driving into the park through the South Entrance Station (near Tusayan), take note: There are five entry gates with one gate dedicated to prepaid passes. This is a very popular point of entry and crowds can be large, so paying admission outside the park at the Grand Canyon Visitor Center in Tusayan is a smart move when traffic is heavy. Passes also can be purchased at most Tusayan hotels and at visitor centers in Williams and Flagstaff. Of course, the most obvious way to avoid possible delays is to get an early start.

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Both helicopter and airplane tours of the canyon are available from the Grand Canyon National Park Airport in Tusayan, 5 miles south of the park headquarters. For information and reservations contact Grand Canyon Airlines, (866) 235-9422; Grand Canyon Helicopters, (928) 638-2764; Maverick Helicopters, (928) 638-2622 or (800) 962-3869; or Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters , (928) 638-2419 or (800) 528-2418.

Things to Do

Bright Angel Trail

Desert View Watchtower

Grand Canyon Caverns see Peach Springs

Grand Canyon Railway see Williams

Grand Canyon Skywalk see Kingman

Grand Canyon Visitor Center

Havasu Canyon see Supai

Kolb Studio

Lipan Point

Grand Canyon Visitor Center in Tusayan

IMAX Theater

Pink Jeep Tours Grand Canyon

Phantom Ranch

Rim Trail

South Kaibab Trail

South Rim Mule Trips

Tusayan Ruin and Museum

Yavapai Geology Museum

Recreational Activities


Bright Angel Bicycles

Horseback Riding

Apache Stables

White-water Rafting

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