List of South Rim Destinations
Grand Canyon Village
Grand Canyon Village is located near the parks south entrance a few miles from the town of Tusayan, AZ. The village is where all of the South Rim hotels are located, as well as Mather Campground, Market Plaza, the visitor center and backcountry office. Learn more about Grand Canyon Village.
Hermit's Rest Road
Hermit's Rest Road traverses the South Rim to the west of Grand Canyon Village. This scenic drive is only open to park shuttle buses and commercial tours from March 1st through November 30th. There are many scenic vistas along the road, which also make it a nice ride for road bikes. At the end of this 10-mile road is Hermit's Rest, which has a small gift and snack in a historic building that used to be a lodge, as well as trailhead for backcountry hikers heading into the canyon via the Hermit Trail. Learn more about Hermits Rest Road.
Desert View Drive and Watchtower
The other area of the South Rim is known as Desert View Drive. You can access this road by heading east from Grand Canyon Village, or by using the Desert View (East) entrance station. Desert View Drive is open to all vehicles and offers many scenic pullouts, and several trailheads. Tusayan Museum and Ruins is also located off this road and is the only major archeological site visitors can see on the Rim of the Canyon. Near the East Entrance, is a first come first serve campground, the Desert View Watchtower, and several small stores, snack shops, gift shops, and a gas station. Whichever area you choose to visit along the South Rim, you won't be disappointed. Learn more about Desert View.
Guru Tips for Exploring the South Rim
Since the South Rim is the most popular Grand Canyon destination there’s a lot of options for visitors for everything from tours and lodging to a delicious brunch or awesome sunset viewpoint. Here’s a couple tips for making the most of the South Rim.
Reserve your hotel or campground in advance
- Lodging in Grand Canyon National Park and the surrounding areas can book up more than a year in advance especially on the South Rim. Check out our South Rim Hotels guide to learn more or make reservations.
- For car camping reservations at the canyon and other nearby parks go to recreation.gov. If the campsites you want are booked, we love Campnab to help find reservations at sold-out campgrounds.
- Another great option to explore the canyon and other nearby attractions is to rent an RV. Outdoorsy has a ton of options from camper vans to larger RVs.
Book a tour or ticket before you get to the canyon
- A guided tour is a great way to really experience the Grand Canyon and having a reservation means you won't have to worry about finding activities when your on vacation.
- Learn more about tours with our complete list of Grand Canyon Guided Tours.
Get geared up
- Make sure you have the right gear for your trip before you travel since there’s not a ton of options at the park.
- We’re definitely gear junkies here at the Grand Canyon Guru. 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.
More resources for your South Rim trip
- 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 recommended South Rim hotel below and learn more about South Rim Visitor Centers, Shuttles and more!