Attractions

Top Choice Historic Building in Grand Canyon National Park South Rim

Desert View Watchtower

The marvelously worn winding staircase of Mary Colter's 70ft stone tower, built in 1932, leads to the highest spot on the rim (7522ft). From here, unparalleled views take in not only the canyon and the Colorado Rive…
Top Choice Museum in Grand Canyon National Park South Rim

Trail of Time

This interpretative display traces the history of the canyon's formation, and each meter equals one million years of geologic history. From the trail's start at the Yavapai Geology Museum just over a mile to Verkamp…
Top Choice Viewpoint in Grand Canyon National Park South Rim

Shoshone Point

Walk 1 mile along the mostly level dirt road to marvelously uncrowded Shoshone Point, a rocky promontory and some of the canyon’s best views. This viewpoint is unmarked; look for the small parking lot about 1.2 mile…
Historic Building in Grand Canyon National Park South Rim

Kolb Studio

In 1905 Ellsworth and Emery Kolb built a small photography studio on the edge of the rim, which has since been expanded and now holds a bookstore and museum.
Historic Building in Grand Canyon National Park South Rim

Verkamp’s Visitor Center

In 1898 John G Verkamp sold souvenirs from a tent outside Bright Angel Lodge to persevering travelers arriving after long, arduous stagecoach rides. He was a little before his time, however, as there weren’t yet eno…
Museum in Grand Canyon National Park South Rim

Tusayan Museum & Ruin

Just west of Desert View and 22 miles east of Grand Canyon Village, these small ruins and museum examine the culture and lives of the Ancestral Puebloan people who lived here 800 years ago. Only partially excavated …
Historic Building in Grand Canyon National Park South Rim

Lookout Studio

Like Mary Colter's other canyon buildings, Lookout Studio was modeled after stone dwellings of the Southwest Pueblo Native Americans. Made of rough-cut Kaibab limestone, with a roof that mirrors the lines of the rim…
Historic Building in Grand Canyon National Park South Rim

Hopi House

A beautiful Mary Colter–designed stone building, Hopi House has been offering high-quality Native American jewelry, basketwork, pottery and other crafts since its 1904 opening. The structure was built by the Hopi fr…
Museum in Grand Canyon National Park South Rim

Yavapai Geology Museum

Views don't get much better than those unfolding behind the plate-glass windows of this little stone building at Yavapai Point. Handy panels identify and explain the various formations before you, and displays highl…
Viewpoint in Grand Canyon National Park South Rim

Mather Point

The busiest and most popular overlook, due in part to its proximity to the visitor center. It's named after Stephen Mather, the first director of the National Park Service.