Grand Canyon South Rim
Grand Canyon South Rim
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The most developed area of Grand Canyon National Park, the South Rim offers amenities such as bus service, hotels and water stations, but is also more crowded than the North Rim. Scenic highlights include Pipe Creek Vista and Yavapai Point.
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  • ryantoshed1995
    Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must visit
    Love this place. Feel scared a bit at the first look but it’s a beautiful scenic view, worthy to visit. The pictures doesn’t show the actual feel as it’s must visit at least once in a life time.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 3, 2023
  • Cliff B
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great day at the Grand Canyon and on the Colorado River.
    Grand Canyon Scenic Airlines: Day trip flew from Grand Canyon Airport to Page Arizona ( near Lake Powell and Glen Canyon Dam). Our Pilot was Captain Jack. He was excellent. His explanation of the beauty and views of the Grand Canyon and the Colorado River were enlightening and riveting. I would fly with him again. Subsequent part of the trip included walking through Antelope Canyon. This unique and extraordinary part of day was beyond words. The power and beauty of nature must be seen here to be appreciated. The next part of the trip involved a four hour raft trip down the Colorado River. Also exceptional.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 11, 2023
  • GezenBey
    London, United Kingdom245 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning views
    If it’s the last thing you do make sure you visit GC south. Words are not enough to describe how stunning it truly is . It’s also very educational, healthy and interactive.it was too hot to clime down the rim so we decide to walk the rim. We walked and walked and walked and…….. optional you can take a bus and miss a lot
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 18, 2023
  • Kristian M
    Copenhagen, Denmark469 contributions
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    Impressive
    Beautiful and aweinspiring views. Incredible Valley with an interesting geology trail where you learn about the millions/billions of years. The area is very Well functioning with bus shuttles, good campground, groveres and restaurants. Also if you stay a few days There are different Education and ranger activities to participate in. I suggest that you walk along the South rim - take the entire 5 k walk to get a bit away from the crowds.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 19, 2023
  • philip w
    163 contributions
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    Grand Canyon south rim august 2023
    Hi we went there for a visit.the first thing is get an annual pass when you get there. We initially were told to buy a pass for each of us totalling $80 for 4 people. If you arrive at the gate you can buy an annual pass for all parks in the US costing $80 which last a year so we were misled when booking originally. The canyon is fantastic, the best for us was the red bus to the end hermits rest. We got off at Mohave and walked back, you are right on the edge in places the views are great the path is genera well kept a must do walk. It was about 3 to 4 miles. There was even some wildlife the horned sheep. You can go down into the canyon however I was told it is arduous. We saw the path and there are a lot of switchbacks. We drove into the park from Cameron and from tusayam there was plenty of parking. Generally the food outlets are expensive and poor so if possible take food, water and have the car fuelled prior to entering the park.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 11, 2023
  • MeganMich13
    Dickinson, Texas45 contributions
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    The Squirrels are Granola Bar Thieves!!
    Pictures do NOT do the Grand Canyon justice!! I loved the suspense of driving and not being able to see anything until you walked to the lookout point. It was so neat seeing just how huge the Ravens actually are. Speaking of wildlife, the squirrels are so adorable and they are not scared of people! I ate my granola bar and shoved the wrapper in my backpack side pocket... next thing I know, there is a squirrel grabbing onto my backpack!!! There were a few times I would get a little anxious with tourists getting too close to the edge, so I think next time we will try the North Rim because I've heard it's a lot less populated! Overall, one of the most amazing experiences of my life!!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 15, 2023
  • Torrance H
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Grand Canyon South Rim
    What more can I say about our driver Paul Cunningham. Paul was so knowledgeable about Vegas, Route 66, The Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Red Rock Mountain and everything on our journey. He made my trip to the Grand Canyon the best birthday ever! Paul is a great asset to your company! He has a great narrative tone to his voice and he also kept us laughing throughout the trip. Keep doing what you do Paul, you're a professional!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 15, 2023
  • Sam
    Sarasota, Florida246 contributions
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    Must do once in your lifetime, but honestly once is enough!
    My mom and I visited the Grand Canyon during a 10 day trip from Washington to Florida and are glad that we did! This is a must-do for obvious reasons, but truly did live up to all of the hype and high expectations! The canyon is beautiful and we loved that the main scenic road was closed to all cars except the shuttle system. Tom G was our absolute favorite driver of the buses and we LOVED him and all of the little facts he gave along the way. The red route is the best way to see all of the scenic spots of the canyon and there is a (mostly) paved trail called the "Rim Trail" that actually goes from stop to stop as well, is a really easy walk, and a beautiful way to see the canyon. Hermit's Rest was underwhelming, however, as we thought the best view was from Mojave Point! Mather Point is the most photographed, but we think this is honestly just because it is right behind the visitor's center. All in all, the red route is the best way to get multiple views, but honestly you could park at the visitor's center, walk to Mather Point, take a picture, and leave if you were in a time crunch. The view really/honestly does not change from point to point! We did not do any hiking, so I cannot comment on that, but we did see elk scattered throughout the lower parts of the park. Overall, worth to do once in your lifetime, but for me honestly, not somewhere I feel like I need to go again!
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 17, 2023
  • Monabhi29
    Florida234 contributions
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    Amazing views
    Amazing views on a beautiful partly cloudy day. First stop was the visitor center then just 3-4 minutes walk to nearest view point . It was a bit crowded but the view was stunning. Other than taking pictures just few minutes looking at all around makes you feel so good.Than we took the orange bus to other view points.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 11, 2023
  • PhilG
    19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    There's a reason why they call it GRAND!
    The Grand Canyon is named "GRAND" for a good reason. It is simply put, Grand!!! 277 miles long and 18 miles wide. Make sure you wander around and use the tour buses to see the various viewpoints. Also, we suggest the Desert View Road to the East entrance.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 22, 2023
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Los Angeles, CA3,530 contributions
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Jul 2023 • Solo
Amazing place. Definitely you would want to do some hike along the rim trail. If you are fit, consider going down to the canyon by taking bright angel trail. Use shuttles to your advantage. Go on a sunrise tour.
Written June 15, 2024
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Jun 2024 • Couples
What an experience great well worth booking nothing negative area beautiful.kept clean tidy views are amazing drive in l9vely everything you need
Written June 11, 2024
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Written June 5, 2024
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Cher
Oakland, CA18 contributions
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Jun 2024 • Family
I try to reserve 5 stars so they stand out but the Grand Canyon south rim is truly a 5 star experience with rich (literally) history, amazing natural beauty with awe inspiring views, and fully supported adventure for the young and old of all capabilities.

The shuttles make it easy to get to the pints of interest. Bright Angel trail is iconic.

Don’t miss the Watchtower (which is NOT accessible by the shuttle), the Visitors Center/Mather Point view, and the El Tovar historic hotel.
Kids age 4-12 can earn their young ranger badge with the National Park booklet, ask for one with any ranger station.

So much to do, learn and see! Can’t wait to go back.
Written June 3, 2024
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Grafham, UK380 contributions
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May 2024 • Couples
38 years since we last came - and it is still magnificent and the great thing is the shuttle which allows you to walk so much further and get the bus back! We stayed in the campground near the marketplace and the scenery just gets better and better. Mather Point is delightful but going all the way along the trail tracking time from 1 year intervals to millions to Hermit’s Rest is outstanding. I was worried it would be crowded - it wasn’t! The bus back from the Village to the. Campground seemed to have a huge huge queue and then they introduced a few extra buses - the express one taking us direct to our area was heaven sent and the crowds just disappeared. Well managed and lovely to see so much of this incredible natural phenomenon was amazing. Thank you
Written June 2, 2024
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Manny R
Los Angeles, CA125 contributions
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May 2024 • Solo
When you hear the name grand canyon, I wasn't sure what to expect But once I finally visited for the first time. It is beyond imagination It really puts the grand canyon into perspective as to why they call it the grand canyon I absolutely breath taking I stood there and looked at it for about 5 minutes And just could not believe how enormous the grand canyon actually is wow
Written May 27, 2024
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Kathy L
Prior Lake, MN490 contributions
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May 2024 • Couples
We have always wanted to visit the Grand Canyon and this was our opportunity. We planned two and a half days for the visit which was perfect. We visited the week prior to Memorial Day weekend and felt like the crowds weren't bad. The best tip we got was from the hotel clerk telling us to check the South Rim webcam prior to heading to the park. You can see how long the line is at the entrance. We entered at 2:30 our first day and there wasn't anyone in line. Since we have a Senior Parks Pass, we used our time to check out the Visitor Center and get our bearings.

We arrived at the park at 9:00 on the second day and rode the blue shuttle (Shuttles are free) to the popular red shuttle pick up spot. A quick note about the blue shuttle. It serves a number of camping sites and is useful for those staying onsite or looking for food or refreshments. It isn't a scenic ride, but is a way to get to the red line.

The red shuttle is an 80 minute round trip if you don't get on and off, with 9 stops going out, and four on the return. You don't see a lot of the view from the shuttle, but the best views areon the passenger side (right side as you face the front of the bus). Better views are seen as you exit the bus and walk to the guardrails. Note: some passengers with disabilities commented that this was more difficult than they expected. Most walks to the rim are paved, but some are on uneven ground and have a couple of steps. Busses stop every 10-15 minutes to pick up passengers, and there are several "two way" stops that you can catch a bus in either direction. The rim walks were just a little too close to the rim for our comfort, so I can't comment on difficulty or upkeep.

Or second full day we decided to take the Desert View Drive. It is 22 miles long with quite a few pull outs to take photos, and some fabulous View Points with parking lots. My personal favorite is Lipan Point where we had the most beautiful views and photos. We enjoyed the Tusayan Ruin (Museum was closed) and would skip the Desert View Watchtower if we had it to do again. Feels very touristy. We spent half a day on the Desert View Drive.
Written May 23, 2024
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Susan D
Huntington Beach, CA1,701 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
Of course the canyon is spectacular and there is nothing like it, however, the south rim is so crowded. They do an excellent job with the shuttles but finding parking is a challenge. Not much they can do about it though. Glad we went to enjoy the scenery and the El Tovar.
Written May 18, 2024
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Smiles and Miles
Katy, TX26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
"WOW" - that was our reaction....we were stunned with the beauty - majesty and scale of the Grand Canyon.
Photos, movies and videos do not do justice to Nature's wonder.

Put this on your bucket list if not.
Written May 14, 2024
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Dianna P
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
The Grand Canyon was as beautiful and majestic as I had imagined. The South Rim is well organized and in April it was not crowded at all.
Written May 7, 2024
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