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Grand Canyon National Park: Hermit Rd First Trail View 0174

(8000 x 4421) View to the northeast from First Trail View along the Hermit Road (West Rim Drive) on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. Several sets of stairs access two main viewing areas. This viewpoint offers a spectacular view of the Bright Angel Trail switchbacking through the canyon below. Also visible, along the rim, is the Historic District of Grand Canyon Village, including the prominent El Tovar Hotel. This is the first overlook on the Hermit Road, 0.7 miles, 1.1 km from Grand Canyon Village via the paved footpath. NPS Photo by Michael Quinn.


Hermit Road is a scenic route along the west end of Grand Canyon Village on the South Rim which follows the rim for 7 miles (11 km) out to Hermits Rest. This extremely popular route is accessed by free park shuttle bus, foot, bicycle, or commercial bus tour most of the year, with private vehicles allowed only during winter months.


Along the rim are nine designated viewpoints where the free Hermits Rest Route shuttle bus stops. The Rim Trail also follows the rim of the canyon for 7.8 miles (12.6 km) along Hermit Road and offers the opportunity for short or long walks between viewpoints on both paved and dirt trails.


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Taken on October 12, 2009