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

Bright Angel Lodge

Commissioned by the Fred Harvey Company, designed by Mary Colter, and completed in 1935, the log-and-stone Bright Angel Lodge offered canyon travelers alternative accommodation to the luxurious El Tovar. Just off th…
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

Hermits Rest

Commissioned by the Fred Harvey Company and designed by Mary Colter in 1913, this low-flung stone building is the South Rim's western-most scenic overlook. It houses a small gift shop and a walk-up window, with sand…
Historic Building in Grand Canyon National Park South Rim

El Tovar

Built in 1905 as a railroad hotel, El Tovar was designed by architect Charles Whittlesey as a blend between a Swiss chalet and the more rustic style that would come to define national park lodges in the 1920s. With …
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…
Viewpoint in Grand Canyon National Park South Rim

Maricopa Point

Look carefully and you may be able to see hikers winding their way down the canyon along the Bright Angel Trail. Maricopa, an easy walk along the paved section of the Rim Trail, makes a lovely sunrise spot.
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 …