Grand Canyon Village
Enjoy a tour of historic Grand Canyon Village and be awestruck by the magnificent views of the Grand Canyon.
Find everything you need for a Grand Canyon adventure in Grand Canyon Village. This historic village has excellent shopping for all the hiking and camping gear you need, as well as authentic American Indian crafts and plenty of canyon souvenirs. The village also has stellar lodging options and a top-rated walking tour.
Grand Canyon Village, located on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park in Northern Arizona, holds some of the best scenic overlooks in the park, including Yavapai Point. Begin your Grand Canyon tour at the visitor center. Here you can pick up a copy of the self-guided walking tour brochure for in-depth information on the canyon and its history. Highlights of the tour include Bright Angel Lodge, El Tovar Hotel Buckey O’Neill Cabin, Hopi House, Lookout Studio, and Kolb Studio. You’ll also learn how Grand Canyon Village grew up around the Santa Fe Railroad starting in 1901. Stop by the rustic Grand Canyon Railway Depot, which welcomes Grand Canyon Railway passengers to the village.
There are many activities in the area, including helicopter tours, horseback rides, a scenic train ride, and mule trips. And, of course, the hiking can’t be beat. Some of the best hikes include Bright Angel Trail, South Kaibab Trail, Rim Trail, and Hermit Trail. Backcountry permits are not required for day hikes, but – with the exception of Phantom Ranch – they are if you plan to spend the night.
For visitors who aren’t up for a hike into the canyon, a shuttle transports visitors along the rim of the canyon, stopping at many breathtaking vantage points. You can also enjoy the views directly from Grand Canyon Village, then refuel at one of the village’s restaurants: Bright Angel Lodge, El Tovar, or Maswik Lodge.
UPDATE: During 2018, ongoing road improvement projects are scheduled to take place within Grand Canyon South Rim Village. Parking will be limited, and visitors are encouraged to arrive early.
Park Services strongly recommendeds all visitors traveling north on Highway 64, especially those in RVs and larger vehicles, park in the FREE Park & Ride lots located in Tusayan (about one mile south of the Park entrance). You can purchase your Grand Canyon National Park pass at several locations in Tusayan and then take the FREE shuttle to the visitor center within the Park.
The free shuttle service in Tusayan is seasonal, and runs only from March through September.