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Grand Canyon National Park South Rim Arizona

The South Rim of the Grand Canyon is the most visited location at Grand Canyon National Park. The South Rim is open year around and accessible by all. The best times to visit the Grand Canyon are March through May and September through November when daytime temperatures are cool and the crowds are thin.
Colorado River Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon South Rim Overlook
Grand Canyon National Park South Rim

The Grand Canyon is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States. Attracting upwards of 5 million visitors per year, to explore the scenic views and vista’s, and this steep-walled canyon is one of the most well-known natural wonders in the world.

The South Rim, is open and accessible year-round via Route 64 from either the east or the south. It is 1,000 feet lower in elevation than the North Rim, so the roads here are usually not closed due to snow in the winter. Several Arizona towns are within 2 hours driving distance from the South Rim, including Williams, Flagstaff, and Sedona, and a variety of tours and/or shuttles depart from these towns for Grand Canyon National Park each day.

South Rim Attractions:
The South Rim is home to Grand Canyon Village, which offers about 7 different lodging options. Also it has the other facilities including lodging, fuel, food, souvenirs, and access to trails and guided walk tours. The South Rim also has shuttles services that take us around to the various viewpoints.  Historic Grand Canyon Village can be reached by driving or by Grand Canyon Railway from Williams, Arizona, 59 miles to the south.

The South Rim includes:
·         Historic Grand Canyon Village.
·         Scenic Hermit Road and Hermits Rest (7 miles/ 11.2 km) west of Grand Canyon Village
·         Desert View Drive and Desert View (25 miles/ 41 km) east of Grand Canyon Village
·         Visit the South Rim Viewpoints.
·         Bike Along Hermit Road.
·         Ride the shuttle along the rim – Hermit Road.
·         Walk the South Rim Trail.
·         Walk the Trail of Time.
·         Hike Below the Rim.
·         Ride a Mule into the Grand Canyon.
·         Watch the Grand Canyon IMAX Movie.
·         Take a Helicopter Flight Over the Grand Canyon.
·         Yavapai Museum of Geology.

A variety of activities at the South Rim cater to park visitors. A driving tour (35 miles (56 km)) along the South Rim is split into two segments.

The western drive to Hermit's Point is 8 miles (13 km) with several overlooks along the way, including Mohave Point, Hopi Point, and the Powell Memorial.
Grand Canyon Scenic Vistas
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South Rim Viewpoints Grand Canyon

From March to December, access to Hermit's Rest is restricted to the free shuttle provided by the Park Service. The eastern portion to Desert View is 25 miles (40 km), and is open to private vehicles year-round.

Walking tours include the Rim Trail, which runs west from the Pipe Creek viewpoint for about 8 miles (13 km) of paved road, followed by 7 miles (11 km) unpaved to Hermit's Rest. Hikes can begin almost anywhere along this trail, and a shuttle can return hikers to their point of origin. Mather Point, the first view most people reach when entering from the South Entrance, is a popular place to begin.

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