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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.

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Grand Canyon South Rim Bus Tour with Optional Upgrades, Las Vegas, null
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Grand Canyon South Rim Bus Tour with Optional Upgrades

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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 $84.99
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Ultimate Grand Canyon Day Trip from Flagstaff or Sedona, Sedona, Day Trips
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Ultimate Grand Canyon Day Trip from Flagstaff or Sedona

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This Grand Canyon day trip from Flagstaff or Sedona blends ancient ruins, lava fields, majestic volcanoes and amazing views throughout Grand Canyon National ...  Read more

Location: Flagstaff or Sedona, Arizona
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $139.99
Grand Canyon South Rim Day Trip from Sedona, Sedona, Day Trips
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Grand Canyon South Rim Day Trip from Sedona

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You get to choose how you see the Grand Canyon South Rim on this breathtaking tour from Sedona. Perhaps you'd like to see the IMAX movie, maybe enjoy a bird's ...  Read more

Location: Sedona, Arizona
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $157.46
Small-Group Grand Canyon Day Tour from Flagstaff, Flagstaff, Day Trips
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Small-Group Grand Canyon Day Tour from Flagstaff

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Explore the Grand Canyon National Park on this day tour from Flagstaff. You'll tour in comfort as your guide teaches you about the geology and history of one ...  Read more

Location: Flagstaff, Arizona
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $138.99
Grand Canyon South Rim Day Trip from Las Vegas with Optional Helicopter Tour, Las Vegas, Full-day ... 
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Grand Canyon South Rim Day Trip from Las Vegas with Optional Helicopter Tour

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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 $236.49
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Grand Canyon South Rim Deluxe Tour from Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Day Trips
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Grand Canyon South Rim Deluxe Tour from Las Vegas

Sit back and relax as your driver takes you on a narrated journey from Las Vegas to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. See a number of different panoramic ...  Read more

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

From USD $189.99
Grand Canyon South Rim from Flagstaff with Optional Helicopter Flight, Flagstaff, Day Trips
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Grand Canyon South Rim from Flagstaff with Optional Helicopter Flight

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Visit the very attraction that gives Arizona it's nickname and enjoy a breathtaking exploration of the Grand Canyon on this day trip from Flagstaff. You'll ...  Read more

Location: Flagstaff, Arizona
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $139.99
Grand Canyon Ultimate Tour, Flagstaff, Day Trips
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Grand Canyon Ultimate Tour

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Embark on a full-day, 8-hour tour of the Grand Canyon's South Rim on this guided trip outside of Flagstaff.  Search for mule deer and California Condor as you ...  Read more

Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $149.00
Grand Canyon National Park VIP Tour, Las Vegas, Full-day Tours
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Grand Canyon National Park VIP Tour

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The 3-hour South Rim VIP Tour takes you to the most famous areas of the Grand Canyon National Park where, from the most picturesque viewpoints you can view the ...  Read more

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)

From USD $198.99
Grand Canyon Day Hike Tour from Sedona, Sedona, Day Trips
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Grand Canyon Day Hike Tour from Sedona

Experience the immensity of the Grand Canyon during a day hike tour from Sedona. Many people observe the Grand Canyon only from above, standing on the rim for ...  Read more

Location: Sedona, Arizona
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $178.99

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