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Grand Canyon South Rim

Of the two major rims of the Grand Canyon, many visitors choose the South Rim, which boasts easy access, the bulk of services, and the panoramic vistas for which the park is famous. Every summer, visitors throng the park's most popular rim, mainly to ogle its easily accessible dramatic, sweeping canyon views.

But the Grand Canyon South Rim is more then those spectacular canyon views. The first stop for many is Grand Canyon Village, which is filled with many historic buildings. Other historic highlights in the South Rim is Desert View Watchtower, which has one of the few views of the bottom of the Canyon and the Colorado River; Grand Canyon Railway Depot, built in 1909; and Bright Angel Lodge, a rustic lodge built of logs and stones.

For hikers, the Grand Canyon South Rim is where you'll find Bright Angel Trail, Rim Trail, and South Kaibab Trail - all of which offer the most dazzling views of the Grand Canyon. You might even spot one of the regal California condors, which have recently returned to the area. At night, head back to the Grand Canyon Village to enjoy Native American dancing.

Natural highlights of the South Rim include Navajo Point, Hermit Road, and the Abyss. Navajo Point has spectacular views of the Colorado River, canyons, and the San Francisco peaks. Hermit Road is also a popular destination, as it is 8 miles (12 km) of impressive vistas with easy hikes and accessible viewpoints. And of course, there’s the Abyss, made up of walls of red sandstone and featuring a 3,000 foot (914 m) straight-down view into the canyon.

To better understand the region’s history and culture, visit the Desert View Watchtower. It was built in 1932 and incorporates Native American art and design and featuring the images of Fred Geary and work by Hopi artists. The Kolb Studio is an incredible photography studio located inside of the rim, and the Hopi House Gift Store and Art Gallery features art and crafts from the local tribes.

Practical Info

The South Rim of the Grand Canyon averages 7,000 feet (2,134 m) above sea level. It's located inside Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, a three-hour drive from Las Vegas or a short plane ride via Grand Canyon Airport. Numerous Viator tours (by bus, air and helicopter) as well as self-drive tours make the South Rim easily accessible from Las Vegas (click the Tours & Tickets tab for suggestions).

From Flagstaff, take U.S. 180 directly to the South Rim or U.S. 89 to Arizona 64 and the east entrance to the park. Be sure you have plenty of gas in your car before setting out for the canyon; there are few service stations in this remote part of the state.

Your first stop in the Grand Canyon South Rim should be the Canyon View Visitor Center, near the south entrance. The visitor center stocks maps, books, and videos. The Cameron Trading Post, outside the east entrance to the park, is another spot to stop for gifts and supplies.

Tours & Tickets

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Grand Canyon South Rim Bus Tour with Optional Upgrades

4 star rating: Recommended 866 Reviews

Sit back and relax as your coach driver takes you on a narrated journey from Las Vegas to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. You can upgrade your tour to ...  Read more

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Duration: 15 hours (approx.)

From USD $74.99
$164.99 Save $90.00

Grand Canyon South Rim Jeep Tour with Transport from Tusayan

4 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

Leave Tusayan and travel to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon for a scenic jeep tour! Boasting some of the most dramatic views of the UNESCO-listed Grand ...  Read more

Location: Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $73.99

Grand Canyon Helicopter and Jeep Tour

See the pristine beauty of the Grand Canyon's North Rim by helicopter, and travel through the Kaibab National Forest and along the popular South Rim by jeep on ...  Read more

Location: Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $322.99

Grand Canyon South Rim Tour by Airplane

4.5 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Grand Canyon Aerial Tour Experience the sweeping panorama of Arizona from the air on this scenic tour over some of the Southwest's most awe-inspiring ...  Read more

Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Duration: 3 - 7 hours

From USD $398.99

Grand Canyon Landmarks Tour by Airplane

See some of the most striking scenery the Grand Canyon has to offer on this morning or afternoon fixed-wing airplane flight. Soar over the eastern part of the ...  Read more

Location: Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
Duration: 40 minutes (approx.)

From USD $158.99

Deluxe Grand Canyon South Rim Airplane Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 165 Reviews

Your multi-perspective adventure from Las Vegas begins with a deluxe flight to the Grand Canyon South Rim on an executive-style airplane. At the Grand Canyon ...  Read more

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $309.99
$343.99 Save $34.00

Viator Exclusive: Grand Canyon South Rim Overnight Trip with Mule Ride from Flagstaff

Marvel at the majesty of the Grand Canyon on this overnight trip from Flagstaff, Arizona, a Viator Exclusive that can't be booked elsewhere. See the popular ...  Read more

Location: Flagstaff, Arizona
Duration: 2 days/1 night

From USD $669.99

Viator Exclusive: Grand Canyon South Rim Overnight Trip with Mule Ride from Phoenix

Revel in the transcendent beauty of the Grand Canyon on this overnight tour from Phoenix, a Viator Exclusive. During this trip that can't be booked anywhere ...  Read more

Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Duration: 2 days/1 night

From USD $669.99

7-Day National Parks Camping Tour: Zion, Bryce Canyon, Monument Valley and Grand Canyon South Rim

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

Spend seven days and six nights on a camping tour to some of the most popular national parks in the United States! On this week-long adventure, you will see ...  Read more

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Duration: 7 days/6 nights

From USD $898.99

Grand Canyon South Rim Day Trip from Las Vegas with Optional Helicopter Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

Explore the wildest and deepest part of the Grand Canyon on this day trip from Las Vegas. Travel through the Mojave Desert, across the Colorado River and along ...  Read more

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Duration: 12 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $188.99

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