Grand Canyon Tours: What You Need to Know

If you are planning a visit to the Grand Canyon it is likely that you are wondering if there are alternative ways to simply use your rental car to reach the main vantage points in the area. As this is one of the most famous and visited American national parks, you will find many free options that will allow you to organize a Grand Canyon itinerary without necessarily using the car, thus also allowing you to avoid the traffic that is formed during the peak tourist months. You can make a visit to and come up with the best choices.

Let’s go then to see what the free shuttles of the Grand Canyon are

This is the shuttle service that moves only and exclusively within the Grand Canyon Village. It is mainly used to join the Visitor Center to hotels, campsites and restaurants located in what can be defined as a real town within the national park.

The service is active throughout the year. The frequency of the races is very good but varies depending on the season. You can check all the updated time’s thanks to the dedicated page on the official website.

To give you an idea of ​​travel times, be aware that it will take about 50 minutes to make a complete tour of the route without ever getting off the shuttle.

Grand Canyon shuttles

This is a very useful shuttle for those who have decided to visit the Grand Canyon without using their own car. From the Visitor Center car park, thanks to this service, you can reach nine panoramic points along the South Rim.

The line is active throughout the year with a variable frequency depending on the period (you can check the updated one on the official website). These are the steps:

Grand Canyon Visitor Center

You can also use this shuttle to help you take a few short strolls along the edge of the Grand Canyon. For example, you can follow the section of the Rim Trail that connects the Yavapai Geology Museum to Yaki Point, passing through the attack of the South Kaibab Trailhead, taking up the shuttle at the point that you consider most appropriate.

To get an idea of ​​travel times, even in this case you can consider about 50 minutes to complete the entire journey without ever getting off the shuttle.

Hermit Road Route (Red Line)

This is perhaps the most famous and used shuttle service of the whole Grand Canyon because it will allow you to reach an area otherwise not accessible to cars at certain times of the year.


Generally from March 1 to the end of November (ie during the peak tourist months) the panoramic Hermit Road, which from the Grand Canyon Village leads to the scenic Hermits Rest, is closed to private vehicle traffic. You can enjoy the views of this area so only using the shuttle service. During the remaining months (December, January and February) the shuttle service will not be active and you can travel the road with your own car.

To reach the departure point of the shuttle you can use the Village Route which, as seen in the specific paragraph, has a dedicated stop to access this service (Hermits Rest Route Transfer).

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