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Grand Canyon National Park: View from Hermits Rest 4235

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. NPS photo by Kristen M. Caldon.


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.

Learn more about the scenic and historic Hermit Road:


The Hermits Rest building was originally constructed in 1914 by architect Mary Colter, as a rest stop for the short stage line that ran from El Tovar Hotel to this location, is a stone building placed several feet back from the rim edge, and is tucked into a small man-made earthen mound, built around and atop the building to blend it in with its setting. Hermit's Rest was designed to resemble a dwelling constructed by an untrained mountain man using the natural timber and boulders of the area.


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Taken on December 6, 2012