Grand Canyon South & East Rim Self-Driving, Walking & Shuttling Tour


2 to 3 hours (Approx.)
Free cancellation
1 - 4
Mobile ticket

Overview

Witness one of the natural wonders of the world in all its glory. The Grand Canyon is so massive, so awe-inspiring, that you simply have to see it with your own two eyes to truly understand its scale. This self-guided tour takes you to all the best vistas and hiking trails on the canyon’s South Rim and fills you in on the fascinating history of the canyon and the Native people who once lived there. So get out there and see something incredible!

Hermit Road isn't accessible by private vehicle during the summer. The tour will instruct you to park at stop 15 and walk from stops 16-22, then take the shuttle for stops 23-31. The stops after 31, on the eastern side of the park, can once again be accessed via private vehicle.

Within 30 min, we'll send you two things: a unique password and an app. Download the app onto your phone, enter the password, and download the tour inside. When you arrive, head over to the first stop. Stick to our recommended route for the best experience.

Inclusions

  • Live GPS Map
  • Works Offline
  • Audios, Images, and Text
  • Family-friendly
  • Flexible Planning
  • Email, Chat, Call Support

What to expect

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Grand Canyon National Park, AZ

Welcome to Grand Canyon National Park! This awe-inspiring natural wonder is unlike any other place on earth, and your narrated driving tour will make sure you get the most out of your visit. Full of astonishing vistas, unbeatable hikes, and some surprising history, this national park is an absolute must-see for anyone in the USA.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: South Entrance Station, Grand Canyon Village, AZ 86023, USA

The tour begins near the South Entrance Station, where you'll be filled in on the different entrance fee options.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Grand Canyon Visitor Center South Rim, S Entrance Rd about 2 mi east of El Tovar Hotel, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ

You'll arrive first at the Visitor Center, where you can find maps and other park info, as well as restrooms and snacks.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Mather Point, 2 1/2 Miles North Of Park Entrance, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ

Your first overlook will be Mather Point, one of the park's most popular spots. The views here are simply incredible, offering clear line of sight up to 30 miles across the canyon!

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Yavapai Point, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ 86023

The next viewpoint is Yavapai Point, where you'll get more great views from the canyon's south rim and learn about the tribe for whom the point is named.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Yavapai Geology Museum, S Entrance Rd, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ 86023

Want to get hands on with the Grand Canyon's geological history? Just stop by the Yavapai Geology Museum for some educational exhibits!

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Hopi House, Adjacent to El Tovar, Grand Canyon South Rim, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ

The first stop within the village is the Hopi House, an incredibly accurate recreation of the ancient Hopi dwellings one might have found here while the tribe still occupied the area. This building is also the perfect place to pick up some handmade souvenirs from your visit!

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Kolb Studio, South Rim, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ 86023

As you continue on to Kolb Studio, the competitor to Lookouot Studio, you'll hear all about the bitter rivalry between the two which almost drove them both to ruin back in the 1900s.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Lookout Studio, Grand canyon Village, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ 86023

Up ahead are two buildings perched on the canyon’s edge. The one you can see right now is Lookout Studio, and you’ll find one just a little beyond it called Kolb Studio.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Hermit Road, Grand Canyon National Park, South Rim, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ 86023

For the next part of the tour, you'll hop on board the park's free shuttle. Don't worry, your audio tour guide will instruct you on exactly how to do this!

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Trailview Overlook, West Rim Drive, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ 86023

The first stop on Hermit Road is Trailview Overlook, which offers views of the famous Bright Angel Trail, the grueling path which leads all the way down to the bottom of the canyon. You'll probably even see some exhausted hikers climbing it!

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Maricopa Point, West Rim Drive 2 1/2 Miles North Of Park Entrance, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ 86023

Next up is Maricopa Point, which was once the site of a uranium mining operation. Get the unexpected history behind this while you appreciate the gorgeous views.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Powell Point, West Rim Drive, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ 86023

After that is Powell Point, which offers more canyon magic and honors the explorer who risked life and limb to chart the Colorado River.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Hopi Point, West Rim Drive, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ 86023

The shuttle route brings you next to Hopi Point, where you'll learn about bald eagles, their importance to the Hopi tribe, and how to spot them.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Mohave Point, West Rim Drive, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ 86023

If you've been hoping for a great view of the Colorado River, that's up next at Mohave Point. Here, you'll get a bird's eye view of this tremendously powerful river.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Monument Creek Vista, Grand Canyon Village, AZ 86023, USA

Monument Creek Vista, up next, offers a view of the most intense rapids in the park: Granite Rapids. You'll also hear about the first female river guide and how she got her start in the Grand Canyon!

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Pima Point, West Rim Drive, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ

The next stop on your right is Pima Point, which sports one of the best views of Colorado. When you’re there, stop and listen. If the vista’s quiet, you can hear the rushing sound of water moving along the river.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Hermit's Rest, West Rim Drive, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ

So where does all this stuff get its name? Well, back in the mining days, one particular miner had no interest in being around other people. He far preferred the rhythms of nature. He spent most of his life living near this spot, content to while away his days with only the rocks and birds and squirrels to keep him company.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Pipe Creek Vista, E Rim Dr Grand Canyon Village, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ 86023

After the shuttle, the tour continues east along Desert View Drive. The first stop along this road is Pipe Creek Vista, a favorite for birders hoping to spot the canyon's rarer specimens, including even the ultra-rare California condor!

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Duck on a Rock Viewpoint, Grand Canyon Village, AZ 86023, USA

The next landmark is the appropriately-named Duck on a Rock Viewpoint, which offers a good look at an oddly-shaped rock formation many claim looks exactly like a duck.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Grandview Point, South Rim, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ

After that is Grandview Point, and the view seriously is grand. This is also the trailhead for a hiking trail which leads below the canyon's rim and features some truly remarkable sights.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Moran Point, Desert View Dr., Grand Canyon National Park, AZ

Continuing on your drive, you'll arrive at Moran Point, which boasts a great look at the Colorado River from an entirely new angle.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Lipan Point, East Rim Drive, a few miles west of Desert View, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ

After that you'll come to Lipan Point, offering another great river view along with some fascinating facts about the park's geology.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Navajo Point, Desert View Dr, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ 86023

The final viewpoint along this drive is Navajo Point, and last certainly isn't least in this case. Navajo Point is actually the highest viewpoint on the entire southern rim, standing at a staggering 7, 500 feet above sea level!

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Grand Canyon Desert View Watchtower, Desert View Dr. Grand Canyon, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ 86023

At last, you'll arrive at the iconic Desert View Watchtower, a truly impressive stone structure perched on the canyon's edge. Depending on the season, you can even climb to the top for a view unlike any other. The tour concludes here.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Yaki Point, Near East Rim Drive, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ 86023

A popular place for viewing sunrise & sunset, this remote lookout & shuttle stop offers restrooms.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: South Kaibab Trail, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ

The South Kaibab Trail is a hiking trail in Grand Canyon National Park, located in the U.S. state of Arizona. Unlike the Bright Angel Trail which also begins at the south rim of the Grand Canyon and leads to the Colorado River, the South Kaibab Trail follows a ridge out to Skeleton Point allowing for 360-degree views of the canyon.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Tusayan Ruins and Museum, 3 Miles West of Desert View Visitor Center Desert View Drive, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ

Tusayan Ruins and Museum is a great stop for learning more about ancient cultures. We particularly enjoyed the walk through the ruins with the signage.

Duration: 5 minutes

Time of tour


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Grand Canyon South & East Rim Self-Driving, Walking & Shuttling Tour
7/22/2020 - 10/18/2023
Monday - Sunday : 06:00 AM - 11:30 PM

Meeting point

1: 450 AZ-64, Grand Canyon Village, AZ 86023, USA
2: Grand Canyon East Entrance, Grand Canyon Village, AZ 86023, USA

Additional information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No expiration — The tour comes with lifetime validity!
  • After booking the tour, please make sure that you have downloaded the app and the tour in advance. For the best experience, we advise doing this while you have a strong internet connection.
  • Purchase only one tour per vehicle, not per person. Everyone listens together!
  • This is not an entry ticket.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas

Exclusions

  • Entrance Ticket
  • Vehicle Rental
  • Food, Drinks & Parking
  • Entry/Admission - Grand Canyon National Park
  • Entry/Admission - Grand Canyon Visitor Center South Rim
  • Entry/Admission - Mather Point
  • Entry/Admission - Yavapai Point
  • Entry/Admission - Yavapai Geology Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Hopi House
  • Entry/Admission - Kolb Studio
  • Entry/Admission - Lookout Studio
  • Entry/Admission - Hermit Road
  • Entry/Admission - Trailview Overlook
  • Entry/Admission - Maricopa Point
  • Entry/Admission - Powell Point
  • Entry/Admission - Hopi Point
  • Entry/Admission - Mohave Point
  • Entry/Admission - Monument Creek Vista
  • Entry/Admission - Pima Point
  • Entry/Admission - Hermit's Rest
  • Entry/Admission - Pipe Creek Vista
  • Entry/Admission - Duck on a Rock Viewpoint
  • Entry/Admission - Grandview Point
  • Entry/Admission - Moran Point
  • Entry/Admission - Lipan Point
  • Entry/Admission - Navajo Point
  • Entry/Admission - Grand Canyon Desert View Watchtower
  • Entry/Admission - Yaki Point
  • Entry/Admission - South Kaibab Trail
  • Entry/Admission - Tusayan Ruins and Museum

Ticket delivery

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.
Tau
August 2021

My family and I really enjoyed this self guided tour. It allowed us to experience the Grand Canyon on our time and terms, and provided us with interesting information about the what were seeing/experiencing along the way.

Joy_M
April 2022

It was nice to walk up a shprt path amd be blown away by absolute beauty. The Grand Canyon was so amazing. Seeing it from the different angles was nice. We did the car tour it was about 4hrs including lunch at El Tovar? A good time indeed

Shari M
April 2022

The self guided tour definitely helped us enjoy more of the south rim than we would have on our own. We enjoyed the narrative as well - very informative.

Mary_L
March 2022

Seeing the views. Learning the history. Very helpful tool. Would be helpful to be able to adjust or reverse the tour sequence if you're arriving from the east or south as we were.

Patricia_H
March 2022

Very informative tour. Once you got yourself centered, it was easy to use Liked being able to go at your own pace.

Heather_W
January 2022

Great job on the narration. I liked being able to put my phone in my pocket and not be messed with constantly.

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