Grand Canyon Village Historic District

Grand Canyon National Park South Rim

The South Rim's historic district is comprised of several early-20th-century national historic landmarks clustered along and around the rim between Hermit Rd and Yavapai Point. Most of the buildings here, including two of the park's oldest lodges, were commissioned by the NPS in collaboration with the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad and the Fred Harvey Company to service the park's rapidly growing tourist market. Pick up a walking tour brochure online ( or at any visitor center.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Grand Canyon National Park South Rim attractions

1. El Tovar

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Built in 1905 as a railroad hotel, El Tovar was designed by Charles Whittlesey as a blend of Swiss chalet and the more rustic style that would come to…

2. Hopi House

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A beautiful Mary Colter–designed stone building, Hopi House has been offering high-quality American Indian jewelry, basketwork, pottery and other crafts…

3. Grand Canyon Train Depot

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This train depot, designed by Francis Wilson and completed in 1910, was built nine years after the first train arrived in the Village from Williams. A…

4. Verkamp’s Visitor Center

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The arrival of the railroad in 1901 opened up the canyon to more and more tourists, and in 1905 John G Verkamp opened the Mission-style Verkamp’s Curios…

5. Bright Angel Lodge

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Commissioned by the Fred Harvey Company, designed by Mary Colter and completed in 1935, the log-and-stone Bright Angel Lodge offered canyon travelers…

6. Fred Harvey History Room

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Fred Harvey's Harvey Company opened the first Harvey House in 1876 in Topeka, Kansas. In the following decades Harvey, in collaboration with the Atchison,…

7. Lookout Studio

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Like Mary Colter's other canyon buildings, Lookout Studio was modeled after stone dwellings of the Southwest Pueblo American Indians. Made of rough-cut…

8. Kolb Studio

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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 a…