Grand Canyon South Rim

Open 365 days a year, the South Rim offers plenty of activities, restaurants and, of course, gorgeous views.

Photo by Josh Mel

Phantom Ranch Water Shortage

A resort on the floor of the Grand Canyon is experience water shortages due to a pipeline break. According to the National Park Service, breaks in the Trans-Canyon Water Pipeline have decreased water supplies at Phantom Ranch. Read More...


South Rim: Desert View Drive in the Grand Canyon

Spectacular views on this scenic road will have you stopping often for photos. Read More...


South Rim: Grand Canyon Village

Learn about the lore behind the national park’s most legendary places. Read More...


South Rim: Hermit Road in the Grand Canyon

Explore this less-traveled route on the park’s western end by foot, bike, bus, or mule. Read More...


National Geographic Visitor Center and IMAX

The National Geographic Visitor Center in Tusayan near Grand Canyon National Park’s South Rim entrance has all the information you need. For more than 25 years, the Center has welcomed visitors and shared the area’s history through exhibits as well as showing the Grand Canyon: the Hidden Secrets movie on the giant IMAX screen. Read More...

Pima Point Rainbow

Must See Sights in Grand Canyon National Park

Although it’s all amazing, we’ve tried our best to discern what the absolute must-see sights are for you when experiencing Grand Canyon National Park. Read More...

Characteristics of this area
Open 365 days a year, the South Rim offers plenty of activities, restaurants and, of course, gorgeous views.

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.
Park map
Grand Canyon panorama map
Area map
South Rim Village transit map
South Rim, including East Rim Drive and Desert View

California condor
Albert squirrel
Mule deer
Bighorn sheep
Peregrine falcon
Bald eagle

For same-day reservations call (928) 638-2631. For advance reservations call (888) 297-2757 or visit
Bright Angel Lodge ($70-178)
El Tovar Hotel ($178-426)
Kachina Lodge ($173-184)
Thunderbird Lodge ($173-184)
Maswik Lodge ($92-173)
Yavapai Lodge ($114-163)

The Arizona Room
Bright Angel Coffeehouse, Restaurant and Bar
El Tovar Dining Room
Maswik Pizza Pub and Cafeteria

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.

Activity options
The Grand Canyon Visitor Center (open daily 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) is a great place to stock up on souvenirs. If you’ve got 20 minutes to spare, watch the short film, Grand Canyon: A journey of wonder. Note: The Grand Canyon Visitor Center is being renovated in 2011.

Verkamp’s Visitor Center (open daily 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.) is a renovated private residence built in 1906 featuring a book store and several exhibits about pioneer history.

Built in 1905, the Kolb Studio was once the home and workshop for two pioneers in photography.

Stop by the Yavapai Geology Museum where award-winning exhibits answer questions about the area’s geologic timeline.

Check out the Desert View Watchtower, a 70-foot tall national historic landmark boasting fantastic vistas of the Grand Canyon and the neighboring Painted Desert.

A visit to the Tusayan Museum and Ruins (open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) offers a glance 800 years into the past when the Pueblo Indians were thriving in the area.

Take a moonlit tour of the Grand Canyon’s historic Pioneer Cemetery during a ranger-guided Graveyard Walk.

Mule rides are offered year round at the South Rim and include three-hour, overnight and two-night options.

Distance from nearby park entrances and cities
60 miles from Williams, Ariz.
80 miles from Flagstaff, Ariz.
212 miles from North Rim

Top Ten Things to do in Grand Canyon

1. Go Hiking or Backpacking in Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon National Park, and the greater Grand Canyon region, is a hiker’s dream. Most of Grand Canyon National Park is undeveloped backcountry. There are literally hundreds of miles to hike and backpack and explore. Despite the Grand Canyon’s popularity and numbers of visitors each year, visitors only need to hike a small distance to enjoy some solitude. Read More...

2. Ride a Mule into the Grand Canyon

Explore the depths of the Grand Canyon National Park on popular trails like the Bright Angel and South Kaibab trail on a mule. A Grand Canyon mule ride is an adventure and easy on your legs. Read More...

3. Ride the Grand Canyon Railway

Adventure, sightseeing and history! If it’s adventure, sightseeing and history all rolled into one that you want on your Grand Canyon vacation, then Grand Canyon Railway is your answer. This is an unforgettable experience and will add much to your vacation to the Grand Canyon. Read More...

4. Take a Scenic Drive Near the Grand Canyon

We think that a Grand Canyon vacation is America’s greatest road trip. It’s one big scenic drive. In fact, there are so many scenic drive opportunities it’s hard to limit our favorites. Read More...

5. Spend a Night or More Camping

Camp under the stars in a tent, or at an RV Park. Read More...

6. Go on a Rafting Trip in the Grand Canyon National Park

One of the most exciting ways to experience the Grand Canyon is to float through it by way of raft on the Colorado River. Read More...

7. Come Along on a Helicopter Tour

Take a helicopter tour over the Grand Canyon for a unique and spectacular vantage of this vast, deep natural wonder. Read More...

9. Stand on the Grand Canyon Skywalk

The Grand Canyon Skywalk is a horseshoe-shaped walkway that extends almost 70 feet out into the Grand Canyon. Visitors on the Skywalk, which has a clear, 4-inch-thick glass bottom, peer over the railing, or down through their stance to see the Canyon and all of its 4,000 feet of vertical abyss. Read More...

10. Take a Desert Jeep Tour

Experience the backcountry desert on and off road near the Grand Canyon and nearby recreation areas such as Sedona. View scenic vistas and the incredible variety of wildlife. Read More...

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