Hermit Road and Hermits Rest
Hermit Road is the western-most scenic drive on the South Rim and here you will find the deepest views of the canyon, including glimpses of the Colorado River and historic Hermit’s Rest. Because the area is closed to private vehicles from March through September, the overlooks and trails are much quieter without the sounds of constant traffic in the background. The road itself closely parallels the canyon and you can get incredible views even from the park’s free shuttle buses along Hermit Road. If you do that, however, you will miss out on seeing some of the best views that the canyon has to offer from the overlooks themselves including Hopi Point, Mohave Point and Pima Point. On a quiet day you can hear the rapids of the Colorado River below you and, if you’re lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of an endangered California condor soaring overhead. Read the guide below to learn more.