Grand Canyon Village
Grand Canyon Village is the most-visited part of Grand Canyon, not only because of its incredible views and historic buildings, but also because most of the park’s visitor services are offered here. In Grand Canyon Village you can talk to a park ranger at one of the Village’s many Visitor Centers, grab a bite to eat at anything from a grab-n-go deli to a fine dining restaurant overlooking Grand Canyon, and stay in style at one of the area’s many hotels. The South Rim’s two most famous trails (also called “corridor trails”) are here as well: Bright Angel Trail and South Kaibab Trail. Located an hour north of Interstate 40, this is the place that most visitors come to grab a few quick photos of the canyon or to take in a sunset before continuing on their road trips. Because of Grand Canyon Village’s popularity, it is almost always crowded and parking is difficult; to avoid the frustration of circling around crowded parking lots, use the park’s two free shuttle bus routes to explore the area instead (the Village/Blue Route and Kaibab Rim/Orange Route).
The historic portion of Grand Canyon Village extends along the South Rim from Verkamp’s Visitor Center to the east to the Bright Angel Trailhead to the west. In between, some of the park’s most famous Mary Jane Colter buildings can be visited including El Tovar Hotel (Colter did the interior design but not the architecture), Hopi House, Bright Angel Lodge and Lookout Studio. Each building is unique in its design and style but highlights include the rustic western feel of the El Tovar Hotel Dining Room and the grand fireplace in the Bright Angel Lodge History Room that features an accurate depiction of the canyon's layers, using actual rocks from each layer. Read the guide below to learn more.