Hermit Road and Hermits Rest
A nice option that Hermit Road offers is combining riding the shuttle buses with walking portions of the Rim Trail. The Rim Trail gives you can even better view of the canyon as you walk from scenic viewpoint to scenic viewpoint and the trail is considered easy, with some portions of it paved as well. A few vistas even offer some great views of the Colorado River at the bottom of the canyon. Bikers can also take advantage of the lack of traffic and the rolling nature of the road itself offers a fun but challenging 16-mile roundtrip bike ride that will surely be one of the most scenic bike rides of your life! If you didn’t bring your own bike to the park, you can seasonally rent them from Bright Angel Bicycles and then use their Hermit Road bike shuttle to see the highlights of what this area has to offer. Because Hermit Road is shuttle bus only most of the year, it is important to know that there are very limited services along the scenic drive so you much bring everything with you when you board the bus including food, water, sunscreen and battery power for your devices.
Sunset at Hopi Point has become a thing of legend and if you’d like to join the crowds to take in this iconic Grand Canyon sunset view, make sure you catch the bus plenty early so you can grab a good spot—getting in line for the Hermit Road shuttle bus 1.5-2 hours before sunset is usually the best bet during the busy summer season. If you would rather enjoy the sunset with relatively smaller crowds, Mohave Point and Pima Point are excellent options as well.
Hermits Rest is located at the end of Hermit Road and was built by architect Mary Jane Colter in 1914. The building was inspired by tales of the Grand Canyon “Hermit,” Louis Boucher, an early explorer who lived by himself for years inside the canyon. Colter’s building captures the rustic essence of what she imagined a miner’s cabin would look like and the size of the fireplace inside has to been seen to be believed. Today, the building houses a small gift shop and snack bar which are the only services available anywhere along Hermit Road. The nearby Hermit Trail descends down into the canyon and includes popular day hikes to Dripping Springs and Santa Maria Springs.
Guru Tips for Hermit Road and Hermits Rest
Located west of Grand Canyon Village on the South Rim, Hermit Road offers great access to viewpoints, a few trailheads and an awesome bike ride along the rim where the only vehicle traffic is the free park shuttle buses. Below you'll find a couple tips to help you explore this area.
Bring the essentials before you head out to Hermits Rest and other destinations
- Hermits Rest has a small snack bar and gift shop, but that's about it. Bring the right gear, camera, food and water so you don't have to leave early to go back to Grand Canyon Village.
- Check out our recommended gear for our favorite canyon-ready clothing, travel bags and outdoor gear as well as rental options to outfit your trip.
Book a tour or bike rental before you get to the canyon
- Hermit Road is an awesome place to go for a bike ride. Learn more about bike rentals and tours here.
More tips for Hermit Road
- It always a good idea to have travel insurance for your trip. Check out rates and get travel insurance before you head to the canyon.
- If you need more booking options for hotels, rental cars, flights, tours and tickets just check out our Grand Canyon reservations page.
- Take a look at our featured tour and activity below and check out our shuttles guide to help you navigate the canyon and find the best services and attractions.