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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  • philip w
    178 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 August 2023
  • MeganMich13
    Dickinson, Texas45 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 August 2023
  • Torrance H
    1 contribution
    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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 August 2023
  • Sam
    Sarasota, Florida246 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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 17 August 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
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 September 2023
  • PhilG
    19 contributions
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    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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 September 2023
  • Darlene H
    Newnan, Georgia45 contributions
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    Amazing! Go if you've never been!!!
    My husband had never seen the Canyon so this was our anniversary trip for our 49th. We took "The Train" from Williams and stayed one night in the park, with most of two days to use the Park shuttles to go to different look-out points along the rim. It was great seeing the Canyon at different times of the day, since the varying sunlight changed the views constantly. We were even treated to a short rain followed by a rainbow within the Canyon. A memorable trip!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 September 2023
  • EricS7184
    Gonubie, South Africa30 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awe inspiring Grand Canyon.
    The sheer scale, majesty and depth is awe inspiring. A spiritual experience ill never forget. A camera can never capture this nateral wonder. You must see it to beleive it.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 September 2023
  • CarolLee J
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Would have loved to stay longer
    We loved it!! Would recommend anyone who really wants to experience the Grand Canyon, to plan to stay a few days and hike part of it. We just stopped at the different view points, and viewed. So next time I want it to be a multi-day adventure. They also have plenty of bathrooms about and shops too. Even a gas station. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 October 2023
  • Fuschia
    Miami, Florida11 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sep 27 2023 comedy on deck tour
    The tour by comedy on deck was good overall I would recommend. The tour started with pick up over 30 mins late however we did receive text communication that there was an emergency for the driver... the tour guide Ralph was good overall I would recommend he not share all the negative reviews as I actually read them prior to booking. Otherwise he was very personable, slightly cocky but not enough to annoy myself. Ralph shared he is a comedian, dog parent and bits of his life journey which was cool to his present career. Despite leaving late we returned between 5:45-6:30pm I believe. Ps. The young lady sitting by me from Australia was also on solo trip and sadly did not understand tipping so I explained however once we got to hotel she shared she gave Ralph $20, 10 for him and 10 for driver. I shared Ralph explained he don't share tip and to separate she said she didn't hear that. So for the international people I would say explain again before departing so the drivers aren't shorted or place all tips together and simply split since you all are a team anyway. Also the breakfast and lunch were decent.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 5 October 2023
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Sandra D
Ottawa, Canada73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We were staying with family in Sun City (near the Phoenix airport) and drove in our rental vehicle the approximate 3.5 hour drive to the south entrance of the Grand Canyon. The park entrance was easy to find. Parking this year was $35/vehicle. I was skeptical going in, as several friends had this excursion on their "bucket list" while others simply raved. I worried I would be disappointed. However, the views absolutely spectacular! We self-guided/toured. We both experienced some vertigo and were careful to hang on to the railings provided, or sit on available benches as needed. Also bring water. With the high elevation, it is easier to get winded, and water helps. We did have a hiker in front of us fall a few times from experiencing vertigo,and with assistance from others were able to help him get off the stairs and onto level ground to sit down. He was embarrassed but grateful. It could (and does) happen to anyone. There were some areas that were roped off due to ice and snow and I was amazed how many people stupidly ignored the warnings and bypassed the barriers to get closer to the edge of the Canyon for selfies! Check the weather in advance and dress appropriately. The temperature was 30 degrees cooler in the Canyon than in the Phoenix area. There were many families present and some pushing young ones in strollers. On Feb 10, it was a chilly, windy, 40 degrees F. There are lots of signs at various points educating you on the history of rocks, the Colorado river running through the Canyon, etc., and a small museum you can enter about 1.5 hours into the walk. After our hike, we were exhausted and wind blown, and caught a shuttle back to the parking lot. Kudos to those who can manage to walk the entire thing. We didn't see everything the south side had to offer. In our vehicle, we exited the park from the east side and for some 50+ miles, still saw the Grand Canyon from out the driver's side window. There were several spots along the way to stop and take more photos. All in all, it was a physically and mentally stimulating journey that I highly recommend.
Written 4 March 2020
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Sammysue
Mason, OH440 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Friends
I took off my bandana and suddenly my eyes adjusted and I was in awe! I took an 8 day escorted tour of the Southwest in September. I have never seen the Grand Canyon but that day, I really saw it! Our tour guide gave everyone a bandana and we were told to wear it as we formed a conga-line through the gift shop out and to the edge of canyon. I was speechless and I couldn’t move, I just stared. You can’t describe it, it’s like nothing that I could ever imagine! Totally breathtaking! And it was the best travel experience of my year!!
Written 2 January 2020
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Brian K
Schenectady, NY649 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Our second day in Sedona, we headed the 95 miles to the south rim of the Grand Canyon to check one more thing off our bucket list. The drive was about two hours as the first part had road construction and a section of 15 mph turns, but once you got thru that the roads were straight. My National Park Pass that I paid $10 for paid for itself as the car cost was $35. $20 if you had a 62 year old that has an American ID. Pictures do not do this place justice. We were told to visit Bryce Canyon and when I asked at the Visitor's Center, the man told me it was a 6 hour drive. The canyon is beyond believe. Made me nervous as you can actually stand on the edge to take pictures and selfies. We stayed with the railing areas. A family asked us to take their picture on the ledge and we did but there are too many crazy people that could push you off the ledge and kids have been known to break away from a parents hold and run. There are three stops by car. Grand Canyon Village, The Desert section and the main one. We went to all three. A train comes into Grand Canyon Village and you can get a shuttle to the other places. We drove our Jeep that we rented. Great day in a great place. We may plan a trip to the North Ridge in the future that includes Bryce. You can hike the ridge if you would like.
Written 24 February 2020
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DeannaHCT
Connecticut55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Unbelievable! EVERYONE MUST GO! As i approached my first cliff edge just before sunset, all i can say was this is un freakin believable! i was in aww. The sunset brought such a beautiful array of colors out of the canyon!
I applaud the accessibility for my mom in a wheelchair, so she can experience this land wonder too!
I highly recommend the Orange Route on the bus. It kept us busy for the day, getting off and on, with plenty of different viewpoints of the canyon. Views that never get old or tiring, never losing its aww, never disappoints. Every stop, i would look, take 3 steps and look again and every 3 steps the view changes, and seems better than 3 steps ago.
Dont deprive yourself of this great experience in the Great USA!
Written 8 March 2020
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kell82
Whitehall, PA256 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021 • Family
I would first like to thank the National Park Service. Our car entered the Grand Canyon free. My husband only had to show his drivers license which indicated he is a veteran. We were issued an America The Beautiful Pass which gives us free admission to The National Parks . (We then used it again in Page to access Lake Powell) We rented our car at PHX airport and drove to the South Rim entrance. I can’t comment on the drive really , it was pouring rain so I didn’t see much of anything and I’m sure it slowed us down . However upon our arrival the sky at the Grand Canyon was clearing and the sun was starting to peek out. We arrived at 4pm and started our drive along Desert View Drive . First stop Mather Point…there is a walkway there and you could spent a bit of time there. We made several more stops along Desert View Drive … Duck on a Rock , Grandview Point, Moran Point to name a few before arriving at Lipan Point for sunset ….it was perfect weather and perfect timing for sunset. The drive along Desert View took us 2 hours with several stops/path walking before reaching Lipan Point. There is so much to do and see if you want to hike, raft, mule ride etc but our drive along Desert View left me with drop dead gorgeous pictures, a feeling of awe and peacefulness and an experience that I recommend everyone have. There were no crowds and the weather was perfect which aided my experience . My experience was exactly what I wanted however I realize some desire more. Exiting Lipan Point we headed to Page AZ to continue our adventuring! Page was another 2 -2.5 hours from Lipan Point in total darkness. If you make the trip onward to Page know that there is only one place to stop for gas / food along the way and that is about an hour down the road.
Written 2 October 2021
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SCHoosier53
Simpsonville, SC135 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2021 • Family
My family took our first trip together to the Grand Canyon. We really enjoyed it. We stayed just outside the park so we got in early. We tried to beat the heat with an early morning hike and an evening hike. Both down into the canyon. We went 1.5 miles on each hike. Down and back was pretty easy for my two teens and I. To go 3 miles down you should be in pretty good shape because even 1.5 miles down was 1100 feet of elevation change. The views on the canyon trails are amazing.

Take camel packs full of water and the further you go the better your footwear needs to be. We also took the shuttles and they were very clean and convenient.

To miss the lines you have to arrive before 9:30 am which means you pay more to stay close by. If you can, it’s worth it.
Written 11 July 2021
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RecreationV
New York City, NY417 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Although I could recognize the majesty and beauty of the Grand Canyon, we ended up there on a wet, cold, foggy, rainy afternoon. (It wasn't supposed to rain until much later in the day, but that's Mother Nature) This certainly detracted from our views. However, as we were there we were determined to see something, although we couldn't see very deep into the canyon. First stop was the visitor center for some ranger suggestions and orientation maps to the Grand Canyon, which was celebrating it 100th anniversary year. Then a wet walk to Mather's Point for viewing whatever we could. We road the free shuttle bus over to Yavapai Geology Museum, which was interesting and informative about geological history of the area. And could have given us some great view points if it weren't for the rain. Will have to plan to try again on a better weather day.
Written 18 February 2020
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bosoxbevy
United States49 contributions
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Jan 2021 • Friends
I can’t imagine the canyon not looking beautiful. The colors are constantly changing due to the sun. This is definitely something one should see at least once in their lifetime. A few tips. Right now masks are required within the park, though I did see some without. It’s best to go early in the morning (by 9am) to avoid long lines at the main entrance, assure a parking spot, and avoid lots of people huddled at the viewpoints. Also, due to COVID the entrance fee is online only. If you haven’t purchased a pass online before you arrive the park employee will give you what you need to pay on their website after you enter the park. But be warned... internet is not going to happen while you’re in the park. I can only imagine how many are not paying the fee and not once was I ever asked to show proof of payment.
Written 3 January 2021
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Rubiosworld
8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Friends
Pictures don’t do it justice. We went to visit the south rim and walked along the trail. Many people show up earlier in the day, but I recommend going a couple of hours before the sunset. It’s a sight you wont want to miss.
Written 13 October 2020
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Safartriptravel
Saint Paul, MN4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
I think I will need several visits to really enjoy this nature's master piece. I am not going to go in detail of the majesty of this wonder, people have been writing about it forever. simply put a must see before you go away.
for those who wants to visit it in a budget, here is what we spent 2 families of 3 each, $1500/family (Total $3000 Approx.). That included
Airfare MSP to LAS for 6 (spirit), Minivan for 8 days, 2 nights in LA, 4 Nights in Williams, AZ, 1 night in LV, gas, all meals and Hover dam.
On the way back to LV we took the longer route and made a stop to see Horse shoe band and Glen canyon Dam.
Let me know if we spent too much!
Written 11 February 2020
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