Grand Canyon National Park Visitor’s Guide
Grand Canyon Village Shuttle Bus Routes, Points of Interest, and Parking
Free Shuttle Buses
Free shuttle buses operate on three routes at Grand Canyon National Park: Hermits Rest Route , Village Route, and Kaibab Trail Route. No tickets are required, and bus stops are clearly marked throughout the park by signs with the above symbol.
Buses may be white, white with a green stripe, or brown and tan. The route is indicated by a colored
square near each door. Many buses also display the route name on the front of the bus.
Pets are not permitted on buses. Shuttle service may be suspended during inclement weather.
Hermits Rest Route
The Hermits Rest Route does not operate during the winter. Hermit Road is open to all vehicles during December, January, and February.
This narrow road winds eight miles past numerous overlooks to Hermits Rest. It may be closed during
inclement weather. Watch for hikers and bicyclists along the road.
No shuttle bus service on the Hermit Rest Route in winter.
Buses provide transportation between Canyon View Information Plaza, Yavapai Point, hotels, restaurants, campgrounds, parking lots, and other facilities in the Village area.
This is not a scenic route, but rim views are available a short walk from many stops.
60 Minutes Round Trip (without getting off bus)
• 6:15 a.m.–6:00 p.m. buses run about every 15 minutes.
• 6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. buses run about every 30 minutes.
Kaibab Trail Route
Buses provide transportation between Canyon View Information Plaza, South Kaibab Trailhead, and
Yaki Point. This is the shortest scenic route.
30 Minutes Round Trip (without getting off bus)
• 6:15 a.m.–5:00 p.m. buses run about every 15 minutes.
• 5:00 p.m.–7:15 p.m. buses run about every 30 minutes
Yaki Point Road is open to all vehicles from December 1 through February 29.
An early morning Hikers’ Express leaves from Bright Angel Lodge and the Backcountry
Information Center and goes directly to the South Kaibab Trailhead daily at 8:00 and 9:00 a.m.
Rules of the Road
Motorist Warning - Pedestrians have the right of way. Vehicles must stop for pedestrians in crosswalks. It is the LAW.
Pedestrian Warning - Avoid walking on narrow park roads. Use trails that parallel most park roads. Always face traffic.
Bicyclist Warning - Bicycles are permitted on all paved and unpaved park roads and the new Greenway Trail. They are prohibited on all other trails, including the Rim Trail. Bicyclists must obey all traffic regulations. Always ride single file with the flow of the traffic.
See and be seen: wear bright colors and a helmet.
On the narrow Hermit Road bicyclists should pull to the right shoulder of the road and dismount when large vehicles are attempting to pass. Never hang onto a shuttle bus while riding.
Parking is available in lots throughout Grand Canyon Village. Please avoid parking along the roadside except where signs or lines on the road indicate that it is permissible. Locations of the parking lots are indicated on the map above.
Lot A: Near Park Headquarters (administrative offices). Large lot that frequently has available spots.
Lot B: Near the businesses in Market Plaza. This is the largest lot, but tends to fill early.
Lot C: This small lot near the intersection of Center and Village Loop Roads may have sites when others do not. Construction nearby—please use caution.
Lot D: Unpaved lot along the railroad tracks in the middle of the Grand Canyon Village Historic District.
Lot E: Near the Backcountry Information Center. The southern portion of this lot has large, pullthrough spaces for RVs and vehicles with trailers. Construction may hamper access to some spaces.
Easily accessible shuttle bus stops are located in or near all parking areas.
An accessibility permit, allowing access to some areas closed to public traffic, is available at entrance gates, the Visitor Center at Canyon View Information Plaza, Yavapai Observation Station, Kolb Studio, El Tovar concierge desk, and the Bright Angel Lodge, Yavapai Lodge, and Maswik Lodge transportation desks.
Accessible shuttle buses are available in response to requests made the day prior. Call (928) 638-0591.
Visitors with accessibility considerations may use the shuttle that operates between Mather Point and Canyon View Information Plaza 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Shuttle service may be suspended during inclement weather.
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