The Shuttle Bus
Seasonal Road Closures
for private vehicles on the South Rim
From March 1 to November 30, Hermit Road and the road out to Yaki Point/South Kaibab are CLOSED to private vehicle traffic. You will need to ride a shuttle bus to access those destinations. Private vehicle access on these roads is permitted for vehicles with accessibility permits.
From December 1 to February 28, Hermit Road and the road out to Yaki Point/South Kaibab are open to private vehicles.
Free shuttle buses operate on four routes on the South Rim at Grand Canyon National Park: Hermits Rest Route, Village Route, Kaibab Trail Route, and Canyon View/Mather Point Route (for visitors needed mobility assistance). No tickets are required, and bus stops are clearly marked throughout the park by signs.
Buses may be white, white with a green stripe, or brown and tan. The route is indicated by a colored square near each door. Many buses also display the route name on the front of the bus. Pets are not permitted on shuttle buses. Service animals for visitors with disabilities are allowed.
The Hermits Rest Route is NOT in service between December 1 and February 28. During those three months ONLY, Hermit Road and the road out to Yaki Point/South Kaibab are open to private vehicles.
Because most park shuttle buses are not yet accessible for wheelchairs, an accessibility permit can be obtained in the park at entrance gates, the visitor center at Canyon View Information Plaza, Yavapai Observation Station, Kolb Studio, El Tovar registration desk, and the Bright Angel Lodge transportation desk. The permit allows access to some areas closed to the general public traffic. Accessible shuttle buses are available in response to requests made the day prior. Call (928) 638-0591.
Hermits Rest Route
This route operates from March 1 to November 30. - Buses provide transportation between the Village Route Transfer and Hermits Rest with stops at eight canyon overlooks. Hermit Road is open to private vehicles December through February only, but may be closed temporarily due to ice and snow.
Buses on the Hermit Rest Route run one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset.
Ballpark schedule: before sunrise and after sunset usually every 30 min, during the day every 15 min.
75-minute round trip (without getting off the bus).
Note that on the return trip from Hermits Rest, the bus stops ONLY at Mohave and Hopi Points, providing a semi-express return service. Water is not available on Hermit Road except at Hermits Rest. Take a canteen with you.
This route operates year-round.
Buses provide transportation between Canyon View Information Plaza, Yavapai Point, hotels, restaurants, campgrounds, parking lots, and other facilities in the Village area.
This is not a scenic route, but rim views are available a short walk from many stops.
Buses on the Village Route run one hour before sunrise to seasonal stop time, that can be checked out at the visitor center:
60-minute round trip (without getting off the bus).
Kaibab Trail Route
This route operates year-round.
Buses provide transportation between Canyon View Information Plaza, Pipe Creek Vista, South Kaibab Trailhead, and Yaki Point. This is the shortest scenic route and the only access to Yaki Point.
Buses on the Kaibab Trail Route operate on the following schedule: every 30 minutes from one hour before sunrise to 6:30 a.m.; every 15 minutes from 6:30 a.m. to one hour after sunset
30-minute round trip (without getting off the bus).
There is also a Hikers Express version of the Kaibab Trail Route. It leaves from the Bright Angel Lodge, goes to the Backcountry Information Center, and then on to South Kaibab Trailhead. There are 2-3 Hikers' Express trips each morning