Hermit's Rest, Grand Canyon National Park

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Historic Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
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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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  • We did a bus tour to Hermit’s Rest. It has beautiful scenery (obviously) and feels like a cozy oasis. Beautiful warm fireplace and a quaint little shop. Be sure to get the warm cookies! 
    We did a bus tour to Hermit’s Rest. It has beautiful scenery (obviously) and feels like a cozy oasis. Beautiful warm fireplace and a quaint little shop. Be sure to get the warm cookies!  more »
  • Take your time here. Walk past the cabin and see the start of the trail! Then get fresh baked cookies in the gift shop! 
    Take your time here. Walk past the cabin and see the start of the trail! Then get fresh baked cookies in the gift shop!  more »
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  • We walked the ridge trail all the way to Hermits rest. The sun was setting by the time we got there. We caught one of the last buses back to the grand canyon village. It was really pretty. The rim train is an easier hike because the elevation doesn't change as much. Parts are paved and a little stretch of it is unpaved.
  • This place is truly a gem! Drove out here on a whim while waiting for Desert View drive to reopen (closed due to weather). I was invited in by the smell of freshly baked cookies and hot coffee. But what kept me there longer than I had intended to stay was the OUTSTANDING customer service I received from Greg. He was very knowledgeable about the park. But more importantly, he was friendly, personable, and just seemed like a genuinely good guy. We chatted about the South Kaibab trail (a hike I did the day prior). He gave me some amazing tips for my next trip. And even tried to find out for me if Desert View drive had reopened by then on not. All while starting up the grand old fireplace. Bonus: I got a freshly baked chocolate chip cookie. Yum! This is my first time at the Grand Canyon while on a solo trip and hands down, it’s the best experience I’ve had with another individual so far! Greg, if you see this, keep being as amazing as you were today!

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