Grand Canyon Village
Grand Canyon Village is the historic heart of development on the South Rim. Here you will find many, but not all, of the lodges, restaurants, gift shops, bookstores, and the Verkamp’s Visitor Center. Several of the buildings date from the early 1900s, including Mary Colter’s Lookout Studio and Hopi House. Enjoy the free art exhibits at Kolb Studio. Trains arrive at the Grand Canyon Depot at least once a day. Stop in Verkamp’s Visitor Center to learn more of the history of this community.
Across the street from the depot, above the Xanterra South Rim General Offices begins another segment of the Greenway Trail. This segment, away from the rim, takes walkers and bicyclists from Grand Canyon Village to Market Plaza. For bicyclists the Greenway provides a much safer route than the busy narrow roads. At Market Plaza a general store offers groceries and souvenirs. Some unexpected services are the post office and bank. The Greenway continues on to Canyon View Information Plaza. The Rim Trail follows the rim from Grand Canyon Village past Yavapai Point and on to Mather Point and Canyon View Information Plaza.
Interested in the geology of Grand Canyon— how the rock layers formed and the canyon carved? Stop at Yavapai Geology Museum. Displays inside explain the processes. A panoramic window looks out over the canyon; especially welcome if the weather is bad.
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