48 Hours in the South Rim of the Grand Canyon - My Grand Canyon Park

Get ready for adventure. Here are some of our favorite things to do while at the South Rim from biking in solitude to exploring some of the rim’s most historic treasures.

Day 1

Watch the Sunrise

Sunrise at Hopi Point on the South Rim

Sunrise at Hopi Point on the South Rim

Take a shuttle and watch the sunrise from Hopi Point, which extends farther out than any other point.

El Tovar Breakfast

Breakfast at the El Tovar Hotel.

Breakfast at the El Tovar Hotel.

Head to El Tovar Hotel, built in 1905, to eat an incredible breakfast in a rustic but elegant setting. Breakfast is served from 6:30-10:45 a.m. No reservations are necessary. 

Bright Angel Trail

Hikers on the Bright Angel Trail in the Grand Canyon.

Hikers on the Bright Angel Trail in the Grand Canyon.

Hike down Bright Angel Trail before it gets hot. This incredible trail stretches 9.9 miles down the canyon, eventually reaching Phantom Ranch and the Colorado River. For a three-mile roundtrip hike, walk down to 1.5-Mile Resthouse and then retrace your steps. 

Yavapai Geology Museum

Yavapai Museum of Geology

Yavapai Museum of Geology

Head to the Yavapai Geology Museum, a small building with large windows facing the North Rim. This gem presents a fascinating geological history of the canyon. 

Day 2

Bike along the Rim

Biking along the Rim Trail.

Biking on the Rim Trail

Rent a bike at Bright Angel Bicycles and ride Hermit Road, which is closed to all traffic, except shuttles and official park vehicles. An alternative is to bike near Grand Canyon Village on the Rim Trail with views of Yavapai Point.

Desert View Watchtower

Desert View Watchtower in the Grand Canyon

Desert View Watchtower in the Grand Canyon

Take the shuttle east and climb Desert View Watchtower. As you climb four flights of stairs to the top of the 70-foot tower, check out the Hopi murals decorating the walls. 

South Rim Architecture Tour

Walking past Kolb Studio on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.

Walking past Kolb Studio on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.

Take a self-guided architectural tour of the South Rim's incredible historic buildings. Start with Kolb Studio and end at the Hopi House.

Watch the Sun Set

Sunset at Desert View in the Grand Canyon.

Sunset at Desert View in the Grand Canyon.

Watch the Grand Canyon change colors as the sun begins to set.

Dinner at a Historic Lodge

Bright Angel Lodge at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.

Bright Angel Lodge at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.

Enjoy dinner at Arizona Room in the Bright Angel Lodge

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

Grand Canyon South Rim

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.