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Hermit's Rest

West Rim Drive, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ
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Sunnyvale, CA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

1. Hermit's Rest is the western most overlook on the South Rim trail. It was named after Louis Boucher, who made his home in the side canyons in the early 20th century. It was designed to be a place for travelers to rest, prior to descending down to Hermit's Camp. 2. Between March 1 and November 1, Hermit's rest is... More

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Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

We were blessed with a warm, very clear day on our late Feb visit. The park was relatively uncrowded and we were able to drive all the way to Hermit's Rest. We stopped at multiple overlooks, saw quite a few deer and elk(?), and eventually reached Hermit's Rest. We took pics from the overlook and beneath the stone arch. We... More

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Ellenton, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

If you like old homesteads, you'll love this little stop at the far western end of the South Rim. You can fill your water bottle with fresh H2O from the spring- what a treat!!! The view here is incomparable. If it's cold (it was freezing in February!) they've got hot chocolate too. It's a lovely place to plan your picnic... More

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New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

A great resting place with all the views. Coffee/tea/ water and a fireplace for warming up in the winter. Restroom facilities and a gift shop. Nice stop.

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Tomah, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2013

Visited in January 8 years ago,road was open to private vehicles.Very few people at the Hermits Rest on that sunnny but cold winters day.Sat inside for some time drinking hot cider and enjoying the blazing fireplace.There was a cat relaxing inside also,possibly owned by the staff.Totally amazed at the structure and stone,overall fit of the Rest.Will always be a standout... More

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

If you are on the south rim then take a journey to Hermits rest. Amazing views with toilet, cafe and gift shop.

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Katy, Texas
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6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

Good for a longer stop. The terminal stop on the Red Bus Route. Here you can refill your water bottle and have a rest room stop. Of course, you can also buy the t-shirts sold no where else on earth. You can get pictures of the huge fireplace that takes up one entire wall and read about the "hermit" who... More

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Newport News, Virginia, United States
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5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

There is a snack bar and a water fill up station! I was melting by the time I made it to this stop and to see the water fill up was a God send! There is a snack bar and gift shop that you can spend some time while you wait for a shuttle...Overall nice place to visit!

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Seattle
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71 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

If you are limited on time . .there is no need to come this far out . .it is great and if you have the time . .stop at all the points . .they are all awesome . .but if you are limited on time . .spend your time viewing the Grand Canyon . . Not in line nor on... More

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Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

It’s the architecture combined with its perch at the edge of the Grand Canyon that makes this an especially cool place. This is another iconic Grand Canyon design by architect Mary Colter, who also designed the Desert View Tower, and the Hopi House. Here it’s the big concave fireplace that dominates the building, which is a gift shop. Forget the... More

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