On September 17, 1901, the First Steam-Powered Train, a spur line of the Santa Fe Railway, arrived to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. With the arrival of the train, the quiet area of the South Rim rapidly expanded into the bustling Grand Canyon Village. The first decade of the Santa Fe Railway’s arrival saw the construction of the luxurious, El Tovar, and shops, such as Hopi House and Verkamp’s Curios (today’s Verkamp’s Visitor Center). Over the next three decades, the Grand Canyon Village expanded to accommodate its growing visitation. Today visitors can take a step back in time and wander through this historically preserved village dating back to the early 1900s.
Explore A Park Map
Explore all the sites that make up Grand Canyon's Historic Village on the interactive map below. To learn more information about a site click on the images below the map or a number on the map. Zoom in to see a site or area more clearly.
Last updated: September 10, 2021