Grand Canyon South Rim

Grand Canyon South Rim, Grand Canyon National Park: Address, Phone Number, Grand Canyon South Rim Reviews: 5/5

Grand Canyon South Rim
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The most developed area of Grand Canyon National Park, the South Rim offers amenities such as bus service, hotels and water stations, but is also more crowded than the North Rim. Scenic highlights include Pipe Creek Vista and Yavapai Point.
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mizzougalfromtx
Texas133 contributions
Loved the light changes
Sep 2021
visited mid-September as part of Grand Canyon Journeys tour, and loved the various overlooks and stops. Two, short "monsoons" came in and out quickly, so it was neat to see the rain coming in from far away over the canyons with different light and cloud formations. We mostly did the East Rim, which was not terribly crowded, despite it being a weekend.
Written October 24, 2021
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craig1086
Atlanta, GA654 contributions
Majestic As Ever.
Oct 2021 • Couples
A must see for everyone. First, know the weather there, as it is usually colder than surrounding cities like Phoenix, Sedona, Vegas, etc. At the park entrance, get the park maps and plan out what you want to see. You don't need a tour guide as you can drive yourself around and self-tour. Good for hikers and non-hikers. If you're a serious hiker, plan to spend 2-3 days. The beauty of the canyon is indescribable. We started at Bright Angel Lodge and walked the trail west for 1.5 miles. Then we went back east on the trail and toured the Trail of Time, Colter Lookout Studio, El Tovar Lodge, and the Hopi House. We finished our self-tour with Yavapai Point & the Geology Museum. Please wear comfortable shoes or hiking boots with good grip, as it can be slippery in spots during the fall/winter months. Food is expensive at the Canyon, and the lines get very long around lunchtime hours. You might be better off getting your lunch on the road up to the canyon closer to the bigger cities. Otherwise have plenty of snacks, as it's a long day. ENJOY!
Written October 20, 2021
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Robert P
Annapolis, MD562 contributions
Wow! Unbelievable!
Oct 2021
I knew the Grand Canyon was big, but you have to see it to belive it. My wife and I were blown away by it's size and granduer. All of the photos we previously saw did not do justice to what we had the good fortune to witness.
Written October 19, 2021
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Tom F
Sylvania, OH303 contributions
Bucket List Item
Oct 2021
A must see for everyone. The rangers and staff are extremely helpful. Get the maps and plan out what it is you want to see. If you are not into hiking you can do the the south rim in one day. If you are into hiking, come prepared and spend 2 days plus. Come early and use the shuttle. If you are in a wheel chair like myself you can get a pass and code to the gates and go where only the shuttles can go in your personal car.
Written October 19, 2021
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LovemyAcura🌵
Phoenix11,711 contributions
One of the 7 natural wonders of the world
Oct 2021
As an Arizona resident, have been coming here all my life. People either love it or not. This is one of the 7 natural wonders of the world. Many opportunities await you here. My favorite views are at the overlooks on Desert Drive near the east gate entrance and the second favorite views are along Hermit Rest Drive. Time of day and weather influence the colors of the canyon which permit the views to given different vistas during the day, sunset, and sunrise. Hikers and non hikers alike find beauty and appreciation of the canyon. You do not need a tour guide as it is easy to drive yourself and self guide this national park. Ideally you will spend at least one night - preferably two - and enjoy a sunset, sunrise, and many of the things the park has to offer. Your first lodging choice should be a lodge within the national park.
Written October 14, 2021
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robertmbb
Pantego, TX818 contributions
El Valle Grande
Sep 2021
Seeing all the different layers of colorful rock is inspiring. What a wonderful world that has been made for us. It is quite steep and sometimes you are on the edge of a precipice. Please wear comfortable shoes, as you may desire to do some walking.

Food is expensive at the Canyon so if it is convenient you may want to have a meal at Williams or have some snackies with you.
Written October 11, 2021
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David H
Cape Girardeau, MO6 contributions
Lives up to the hype. I suggest the North Rim if you want less crowds.
Oct 2021 • Couples
Not much to add to what hasn’t been said a thousand times already. What a majestic place. Thankfully we went in a bit of an off peak season so the crowds weren’t as crazy as they can be.
Written October 2, 2021
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kell82
Whitehall, PA200 contributions
Grand Canyon Desert View Drive
Sep 2021 • Family
I would first like to thank the National Park Service. Our car entered the Grand Canyon free. My husband only had to show his drivers license which indicated he is a veteran. We were issued an America The Beautiful Pass which gives us free admission to The National Parks . (We then used it again in Page to access Lake Powell) We rented our car at PHX airport and drove to the South Rim entrance. I can’t comment on the drive really , it was pouring rain so I didn’t see much of anything and I’m sure it slowed us down . However upon our arrival the sky at the Grand Canyon was clearing and the sun was starting to peek out. We arrived at 4pm and started our drive along Desert View Drive . First stop Mather Point…there is a walkway there and you could spent a bit of time there. We made several more stops along Desert View Drive … Duck on a Rock , Grandview Point, Moran Point to name a few before arriving at Lipan Point for sunset ….it was perfect weather and perfect timing for sunset. The drive along Desert View took us 2 hours with several stops/path walking before reaching Lipan Point. There is so much to do and see if you want to hike, raft, mule ride etc but our drive along Desert View left me with drop dead gorgeous pictures, a feeling of awe and peacefulness and an experience that I recommend everyone have. There were no crowds and the weather was perfect which aided my experience . My experience was exactly what I wanted however I realize some desire more. Exiting Lipan Point we headed to Page AZ to continue our adventuring! Page was another 2 -2.5 hours from Lipan Point in total darkness. If you make the trip onward to Page know that there is only one place to stop for gas / food along the way and that is about an hour down the road.
Written October 2, 2021
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LongabergerLady
Oconto Falls, WI220 contributions
Vacation in Arizona
Oct 2021 • Couples
This is one of the most breathtaking sites I have ever seen. Words cannot describe the experience of being there in the magnificent surroundings. I could just sit there for hours taking in the view.
Written October 1, 2021
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lcatawhite
Knoxville, TN33 contributions
Grand Canyon bucket list
Sep 2021 • Couples
I spent a great amount of time reading reviews and blogs of the Grand Canyon South Rim. Here is my simple tips that worked for us as we stayed in Sedona and did a day trip to the Grand Canyon. We left early ~6am to avoid the busy parking lot times. It’s an easy drive to the park. We used the South Rim visitors center as our GPS destination and it was perfect.
It’s also fairly simple to walk around and visit the south rim. We walked to Mather Point which is right by the visitors center. We then used the shuttle system to tour the easily accessible areas of the park as we are not big hikers. The park rangers and bus drivers are friendly and helpful so don’t worry about getting lost or confused.
Recommend bringing extra clothes such as jackets, sweatshirt, hat etc just in case as we were so surprised it was chilly. It may have been just the time of year we visited. There is a nice shop where we were able to buy long sleeve shirts/sweatshirts. There also a nice coffee/snack shop at the visitors center.
The Grand Canyon is spectacular even on the overcast day we visited. Must see in Arizona!
Written October 1, 2021
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