Grand Canyon Village on the South Rim

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10. Hermit Shuttle Transfer

Switch to the red shuttle here and connect to Hermits Rest and all Hermit Road overlooks en route. The Hermit Road shuttle operates from March to November. 

11. Kolb Studio

Kolb Photography Studio. Photo by Whit Richardson

Kolb Photography Studio. 

Originally built in 1904, Kolb Studio was the studio of canyon photographers and adventurers Ellsworth and Emery Kolb.The site includes a bookstore and art gallery with a special Kolb exhibit. Open daily, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in summer (

12. Lookout Studio

Lookout Studio in Grand Canyon Village. Photo by NPS Michael Quinn

Lookout Studio in Grand Canyon Village.

Constructed in 1914 and designed by architect Mary Colter, Lookout Studio offers a prime vantage point into the canyon and for viewing California condors. A fireplace and small gift shop are located inside. Open daily.

13. Buckey O’Neill Cabin

As the rimside residence of William “Buckey” O’Neill from 1891-1897 (he went on to join Roosevelt’s Rough Riders), this is the oldest continuously standing structure at the South Rim. It is now part of Bright Angel Lodge and is still open for overnight booking.

14. Bright Angel Lodge

Grand Canyon Bright Angel Lodge. Photo by Whit Richardson

Grand Canyon Bright Angel Lodge. 

Built in 1935 and designed by Mary Colter, Bright Angel Lodge accommodates guests in restored rooms or rim-side cabins. The facility also houses a Xanterra tours info desk, restaurant, unique fireplace, lounge, coffee shop, ice cream fountain, and gift shop.

15. Thunderbird Lodge

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16. Kachina Lodge

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17. El Tovar Hotel

The El Tovar Hotel at night on the Grand Canyon's South Rim.

The El Tovar Hotel at night on the Grand Canyon's South Rim. 

Built in 1905, the El Tovar set the standard for national park lodge design by combining Swiss chalet architecture with Western chic. Among its famous guests: Teddy Roosevelt and Albert Einstein. The facility contains an upscale restaurant, casual lounge serving a limited menu, gift shop, and porch with canyon views.

18. Hopi House

Hopi House on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Photo by NPS Michail Quinn

Hopi House on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. 

Another design by architect Mary Colter and built in 1904, Hopi House is a retail outpost and gallery for high-quality Native American crafts including jewelry, baskets, rugs, and kachinas. Open daily.

19. Maswik Lodge

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20. Train Depot

Grand Canyon Train Depot

Grand Canyon Train Depot

The Santa Fe Railway station, built in 1909, is one of the few remaining log train depots in the United States. It currently serves passengers on Grand Canyon Railway’s daily trip from Williams to the park.

21. Clinic

Walk-in medical services are available. Clinic is open daily, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; (928) 638-2551. In an emergency, dial 911 to reach park dispatch.

22. Market Plaza

Canyon Village Marketplace houses a full-size grocery store and deli (with Wi-Fi), a general store that sells camping supplies, and a post office. Grocery store open daily, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. in summer and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. in winter.

23. Laundry/Showers

Coin-operated laundry and hot showers are available in the Camper Services building at Mather Campground entrance, open daily, 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. in summer and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in winter.

24. Shrine of the Ages

The site of various evening lectures and ranger-led programs (check the park newspaper for details). A schedule of events and religious services is also posted at the front of the building. Shrine of the Ages is located alongside the Grand Canyon Pioneer Cemetery.

25. Yavapai Lodge

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26. Trailer Village RV Park

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27. Trail of Time

This 1.3-mile section of the Rim Trail between Yavapai Geology Museum and Verkamp’s Visitor Center offers a self-guided hike with signs posted along the way explaining the formation of the Grand Canyon and including samples of the rocks found in each geologic layer. Markers on the trail representing one million years help hikers wrap their heads around geologic time.


Biking on Hermit Road. Photo by Elisabeth Kwak

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

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Grand Canyon Shuttle Bus

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