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Grand Canyon National Park South Rim

Easily accessible, well developed and open year-round, the South Rim offers iconic canyon views, almost two dozen official overlooks, historic buildings, multiple trails, museums and ranger talks. Though its accessibility means sharing your experience with many others, particularly in summer, there are all kinds of ways to commune with the canyon and its wildlife, and enjoy its sublime beauty, one on one. Escaping the crowds can be as easy as tramping a hundred yards from an official scenic overlook. And in the evening, when day-trippers have left, you don't have to wander far at all to feel completely alone on the canyon edge.

Infrastructure is abundant: you'll find several lodgings, restaurants, cafeterias, bookstores, libraries and a supermarket. Shuttles ply one of the park's two scenic drives, and the flat and often paved 13-mile Rim Trail allows the mobility-impaired and stroller-pushers to take in the dramatic, sweeping canyon views.