Grand Canyon South Rim

Sunset at Hopi Point on the South Rim. Photo by Gloria Wadzinski

Sunset at Hopi Point on the South Rim. Photo by Gloria Wadzinski

Open 365 days a year, the South Rim offers plenty of activities, restaurants and, of course, gorgeous views. It is the most-visited part of the canyon.

Characteristics of the South Rim


Situated at 7,000 feet, South Rim summer temps hover around 50 and 80 degrees, while inner canyon temps often reach more than 100 degrees. Fall and spring are variable, so pack easily layered attire. Winter conditions include snowy and icy roads and trails. For a recorded message providing information about road conditions, contact Grand Canyon National Park at (928) 638-7888.


The awe-inspiring Grand Canyon stretches 277 river miles, up to 18 miles wide and one mile deep. Clouds dance over the massive gash, their white forms and the sky’s blue expanse contrasting sharply and stunningly with the golds, oranges and reds of the canyon’s rock.

Lodging and Dining at the South Rim

This area of the park has the most hotels, campgrounds and restaurants in the Grand Canyon. See our Stay & Dine web pages.

Best Views

Mather Point offers stunning views into the famous gash.
Hopi Point and Mohave Point are both great gathering spots for sunset.
Navajo and Lipan Points provide views of the Supergroup rock layers.
Grandview Point allows onlookers to peer left and right into the canyon below.

Distance from nearby park entrances and cities

60 miles from Williams, Ariz.
80 miles from Flagstaff, Ariz.
212 miles from North Rim