East Rim Drive
East Rim Drive
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Scenic drive on the East Rim of the Grand Canyon.
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Lisamarie L
Madison, WI869 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
This is also called the Desert View Drive, but we did this after spending the morning on the red line to Hermit's Rest. There are no shuttles here (aside from a few orange line stops) but it's a nice, quieter and less crowded part of the park.

We stopped at several lookouts and sites; the Duck on a Rock, Grandview Point and Trailhead, the Desert View Watchtower and then swung back to watch the sunset at Lipan Point...it was nice to find a quiet place to watch it as there were just a few other groups of people there. It was a gorgeous place in the late afternoon and sunset time as the light began to change and stain the rocks.
Written September 26, 2021
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cagatravel
Shellharbour, Australia560 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
Most of the view points are free except for a small fee to view the small Colarado river.
From the East rim it seems like you see the start of the grand Canyon. This section is the only way to drive a car to the view points.
Written September 14, 2022
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mizzougalfromtx
Texas136 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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TrailTrekker15
Tallahassee, FL5,096 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Solo
I drove East Rim Drive from Grand Canyon Village to Desert View. The East Entrance was closed due to Covid restrictions; however, that made the drive even more secluded and relaxed. Just east of the Village, a herd of elk leisurely crossed the road and grazed along the edge. It was incredible being so close to those magnificent and massive creatures! Further down the road, the forest opens up into beautiful vistas with frequent pull off locations. I particularly enjoyed Desert View and Watchtower at the east end. I highly recommend this drive! It was very rewarding!
Written January 10, 2021
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TravelingSoccerLoon
Saint Paul, MN5,221 contributions
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Oct 2020
Driving the East Rim Drive is spectacular. You should stop at all the observation points along the drive although I found Moran Point to be the most stunning. Spotted wildlife along the road including Elk. It takes 25-30 min to reach Navajo Point but you will want to give yourself time to stop at all the observation points along the way. Keep in mind that the road beyond Navajo Point including the East Entrance and Desert View Watchtower are currently closed as these areas are Navajo land and they are imposing tight restrictions on visiting as COVID is taking a heavy toll on Native American communities.
Written November 11, 2020
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TravelerCentralFLA
Clermont, FL1,699 contributions
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May 2022
We took the East Trim Drive after we visited the more developed areas of the South Rim in the National Park. There were some really beautiful views of the Grand Canyon on the Drive. We did it in the late afternoon and evening and the colors were really nice. I am glad we did the drive and we were able to enjoy the Canyon from the east side.
Written May 22, 2022
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kay-cee-1138
Houston, TX487 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
This reviewer is assuming that "East Rim Drive" means Desert View Drive, which is Route 64 east of the Park Service's visitors center all the way over to the park's East Entrance.
The drive is well worth the time for visitors who may not have one or two entire days to visit the Grand Canyon. The road is in very good condition and winds along the canyon's south rim; often it is through the trees, but there are a half dozen or more pullouts or parking areas with viewpoints, and one can stop at as many or as few as one's time allows. Then after leaving via the east entrance, it's about 25 miles to route 89 and from there one can go south to I-40.
Watch for elk grazing among the trees, especially south of the road.
Written December 21, 2022
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classic1903
Ventura County Coast, CA172 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
This scenic drive is well worth the time in your own vehicle. The woods are lovely and the various scenic overlooks along the way are great. Watch out for the deer, though. A car about 1/10 mile in front of us hit a deer. Everyone was alright, and the deer seemed just stunned. The car was damaged and needed to be towed. Word to the wise, drive slowly and watch out for animals!
Written April 23, 2021
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Sandra D
Ottawa, Canada73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Entered and toured the South Rim but exited by the East Rim Drive. Travelled 50+miles and was still viewing the Grand Canyon from the driver's side window. Several lookout points where you could stop and take more photos. Absolutely stunning!
Written March 4, 2020
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kellycharlie s
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We have been to the Grand Canyon multiple times, but this was one of the best experiences we have had! I highly recommend it. Come in on hwy 64 and it is like you are getting to see the Grand Canyon's beginnings. Numerous pullouts, both paved and unpaved. Short hikes to the rim if you want your own private trail and experience. I cannot recommend it enough!
Written April 28, 2024
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