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Hermit's Rest

West Rim Drive, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ
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los angeles, ca
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20 reviews 20 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Nice view and had the chance to go down the gift shop for a little souvenir shopping! Place is complete with benches and restrooms so you can sit and freshen up and go to the gift shop afterwards!

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Witney, United Kingdom
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114 reviews 114 reviews
74 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

This is one of the scenic viewpoints on the West Rim of the Grand Canyon. There is a building here designed by Mary Colter. This building houses many things including a shop that sells trinkets and the like. The Shuttle bus serves this route, so if you are not up to hiking you can jump on the bus and you... More

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Port Matilda, Pennsylvania
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90 reviews 90 reviews
36 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

I expected Hermits Rest to be a really neat spot. But the views there are minimized compared to any other we saw. We walked down the Trail at Hermits Rest, and you have to take a pretty good hike to start getting into the scenery. On the other hand, it's one of the more peaceful areas of the Canyon, and... More

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California
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72 reviews 72 reviews
28 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We decided to hike the 8 miles from Hermit's Rest to Bright Angel Lodge. Take the Red Shuttle from the Bright Angel terminus to the end of the line which is Hermit's Rest. Pack plenty of water and snacks if hiking during the hot, monsoon summers. It's best to start early in the morning while the weather is still cool.... More

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Dallas, Texas
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38 reviews 38 reviews
10 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Wonderful Architecture with a Nice View of the Grand Canyon, indeed. It was designed by Mary Jane Colter and built exactly 100 years ago. If you take the Red Shuttle from the Visitor Center it is the last stop. This location has restrooms but in the form of port a potty. As you're walking along the side to get to... More

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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79 reviews 79 reviews
56 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

While Hermit's Rest does not have the sweeping views of the rest of the Rim Trail, I found it to be the most peaceful and something very special. Hermit's Rest was originally meant to be refuge for travellers before they headed down to Hermit's Keep (I believe that is the name) down into the canyon. It is now accessible via... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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13 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Even if it's the summer time, the Hot Chocolate is out of this world good. Sit inside if there is room around the fireplace, which won't be lit and the Air Conditioning will keep you cooled off. You can buy the hot chocolate inside the gift shoppe area at the checkout. The shuttle bus driver recommended it and I thought... More

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

I really loved doing this hike. It was a little rogue at times with a medium width path on the edge of the cliff and a path full of rocks at times. Definitely for those with a little more experience since the path is not smooth & maintained like the others and lots of exposure for the most part of... More

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Los Angeles, California
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50 attraction reviews
130 helpful votes 130 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

The only way you can do the West Rim drive is with a motor coach tour booked through Zanterra. Zanterra is the booking company for all the hotels and attractions in the Grand Canyon. You cannot drive the West Rim from April through October. You must take the tour., or the park shuttle which supposedly comes by every 10-15 minutes,... More

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Springfield, IL
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72 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

We go to Hermit's Rest because we like Mary Jane Coulter's architecture. It's still there but sometimes it is a challenge to see through all the people and souvenirs. If you do your homework before hand you can still appreciate the building. It is at the end of the shuttle system so it's a good beginning or ending spot for... More

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