Hermit's Rest, Grand Canyon National Park

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Recuperate from your long Grand Canyon hike with a break at Hermit's Rest. Built in 1914, the structure sits on the westernmost point of Grand Canyon's south rim, near the end of an eponymous hiking trail. The structure can be accessed by paved road, and it remains a popular tourist stop for coach bus tours. Built to appear as a natural stone formation, the structure looks as if it could topple over at any second. Inside, you'll find a snack bar, gift shop with handmade jewelry, and ice cream stand. An old-timey fireplace gives a nod to pioneer times. A small stone archway, decorated with a historic broken bell, marks the entrance. Use our Grand Canyon National Park itinerary planner to add Hermit's Rest and other attractions to your Grand Canyon National Park vacation plans.
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  • This is the end of the Red Route. Hermit's Rest is at the West end of the eastern edge of Desert View Watchtower. Seen from the desert View Watchtower Hermit's Rest has walked the Grand Canyon. Sell souvenirs.
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  • This was a welcome break from walking along the rim. We replenished with sodas and had a chance to sit down. Bathroom facilities are also available.  more »
  • There is a bus that will take you up to Hermit's rest and it stops on the way up and back so you can stop and admire the views until the next bus or walk along the rim to the next stop if you wish. He...  more »
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  • Another beautiful area to view the canyon from. The bus ride was about 35 minutes and it makes several stops along the way. If you are short on time, get down at the stop where you can see the Colorado River. It was the best one. You can also access it via bike or private tour. If you want to drive yourself check their calendar. You can do so from November thru February. They have a small souvenir store and cafe. If you are short on time..you can skip this.
  • This is the last stop for grand canyon red shuttle and also the hike along the south rim. There is a small shop to get some snacks and drinks also a gift shop. The views here are also good. May not be as great as other points. Also a good place to take some rest and go back to visitor center.
  • Hermits Rest is one of the Mary Jane Colter buildings you can visit in the Grand Canyon area. Built in 1914, this National Historic landmark is located 8 miles from the Grand Canyon Village by way of the Hermit Road. As you approach, you will find a natural rock-like structure, constructed of large stone and logs, giving a rustic yet charming exterior. Inside there is a nice fireplace that is quite inviting on a cold winter day and a gift shop area. There is a small snack bar as well. However, it was closed during our winter visit. Overall, this is a neat place for a hiking break and an interesting place to seek out if you are staying in the Grand Canyon Village for a couple days. Note: You can reach Hermits Rest by car (8 mile drive along Hermit Road), Free shuttle bus (red route) from the village or by way of the Rim Trail if you prefer to walk.
  • Great place to get away from the crowds. Spectacular picnic spot. Go past the sandwich stand. Up a small rise, past some workers seasonal cabins, there are picnic tables. After you pass the berry trees.
  • Well worth the time. There are several points along the way and you can get on a bus every 10 minutes or so. I'd highly recommend but make sure to have a lot of time to enjoy all of the stops.

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