Hermit Road Shuttle Bus Route - Closed For Winter

Map showing Hermit Road, indicated by a red line, and 9 scenic overlooks along the 7.5 mile road.
Hermit Road can only be accessed by the free Hermit Road (Red Route) shuttle bus, on foot, or bicycle from March 1, through November 30, of each year.  The road is open to private vehicles only during the months of December, January and February. If you stay on the bus the entire round trip takes 80 minutes.

COVID-19 Safety Modifications to Shuttle Operations:

Due to current LOW CDC Community Level in Coconino County —Face masks are not required this week in either indoor or outdoor locations, or on public transportation. However physical distancing is encouraged. Updated every Thursday.

  • As community levels may change from week to week, it is a good idea to bring face masks with you for your family or group.
  • Visitors and employees are always welcome to wear a mask if it makes them more comfortable.
  • Sidewalk decals, tape, and signage has been installed at bus stops to promote physical distancing.
  • Buses undergo daily cleaning according to CDC and public health guidance.

Not in Service - Hermit Road (Red) Route CLOSED

Will be in service March 1 through November 30, 2023

  • This route will provide transportation between Grand Canyon Village and Hermits Rest along a 7 mile road along the rim of the canyon with bus stops at 9 exceptional scenic overlooks.
  • Hermit Road is open to private vehicles during the months of December, January and February.
  • Between March 1, and November 30, Hermit Road can only be accessed by the free shuttle bus, by foot, or by bicycle.
Shuttle bus passengers boarding at Hermits Rest. Grand Canyon beyond.
Last stop on the Hermit Road (Red) Route, historic Hermits Rest

80 Minutes Round Trip

(without getting off the bus)
Spring 2023 Schedule (SUBJECT TO CHANGE)

The Hermit Road (Red Route) is in operation from 5 am until one hour after sunset each day. Sunset Times >

  • Every 30 minutes 5–6 am
  • Every 10-15 minutes 6 am to sunset
  • Every 30 minutes sunset to an hour after sunset
  • Last bus: 30 minutes after sunset(To ride the last bus: be at a bus stop 30 minutes after sunset).

Hermit Road Route - Need to Know

  • Outbound buses stop at all nine overlooks.

  • Return trip buses stop only at these 4 stops:
    Hermits Rest, Pima, Mohave, and Powell Points (see loop map below).

  • The last outbound bus leaves the Village Transfer Station 1 hour before sunset.

  • The last return bus leaves Hermits Rest 30 Minutes after sunset. View sunset times >

  • The last return bus stops at all Hermit Road bus stops on the way back to the village.

  • During the busy seasons, the line can be long at the Hermit Road Transfer Station – you may have to wait for two to three buses.

  • If you don't want to wait in the shuttle line, and are up for a short, but strenuous hike on a paved footpath, walk 0.7 mi/1.1 km up to Trailview Overlook, where you can board one of the outbound shuttle buses.

    — or continue walking along the Canyon Rim Trail towards Hermits Rest. Beyond Trailview Overlook, the trail levels out and offers easy to moderate hiking for an additional 7.1 miles (11.4 km) to Hermits Rest.

Hermit Road Route (red) shuttle bus loop map

Points of Interest


Winter 2022/2023 — South Rim Shuttle Bus Route Map

Map showing South Rim Grand Canyon Village and Vicinity showing three shuttle bus routes that are in service during fall 2022.
The two shuttle bus routes in service this winter are shown with colored lines. The Kaibab Rim (Orange) Route, far right, transports visitors to the S. Kaibab Trailhead and outstanding views at Yaki Point. The Village (Blue) Route, center, connects the Visitor Center with lodges, campgrounds, the Backcountry Information Center, and Market Plaza (market, outdoor ATM, and US Post Office). Hermit Road, far left, is open to private vehicles only during the months of December, January and February.

Inclement Weather Operations on Hermit Road

  • During summer thunderstorms, or other inclement weather, shuttle bus service will be suspended on Hermit Road.
  • Visitors will not be transported via shuttle bus from the Village Route Transfer Station, westward to viewpoints along Hermit Road.
  • However, shuttle bus drivers along this route will do all they can to either shuttle visitors along Hermit Road east to the Transfer or become standing shelters out along the route.
  • When service is suspended due to inclement weather, shuttle buses with additional capacity will stop anywhere along the Hermit Road it is safe to do so, and pick up visitors.
  • More detailed information about Lightning Danger.

Additional Shuttle Bus Routes

Shuttle Bus Home Page

Hermit Road shuttle at Monument Creek Overlook stop. Canyon on left, bus on right.
Hermit Road shuttle at Monument Creek Overlook stop, the Hermit Road Greenway begins here (east entrance to the Greenway)

Suggested Itineraries Along Hermit Road

Hermit Road Route shuttle buses are great when you use them in conjunction with the Canyon Rim Trail. You can get off at one stop, enjoy a scenic walk along the rim, and then get back on the bus at the next stop.

Those wanting a longer walk can carry a daypack with food and water, ride the shuttle bus out to Hermits Rest, then dayhike the Canyon Rim Trail the 8 miles (11 km) back to Grand Canyon Village.

two people climbing stone steps of Powell Memorial monument (a masonry structure that is about 20 ft square and 20 feet tall, with an observation desk and a large bronze commemorative plaque on top. Silhouetted ridgelines in the background.
Powell Memorial at Powell Point commemorates the Powell Expedition that explored Grand Canyon via the Colorado River in 1869.

Panoramic Views and River History

Park in Lot D by the Backcountry Information Center and walk to the Village Route Transfer Station, get on a Hermits Road Route bus, ride to Mohave Point, then walk east along the unpaved Rim Trail, taking in spectacular canyon views — to Powell Point (1.1 mi/1.8 km).

You can continue walking east past Powell Point along the paved Canyon Rim Trail back to the Village (another 1.9 mi/3.1 km) or get on a shuttle bus at Powell - westbound buses (toward Hermits Rest) or eastbound buses (returning to Grand Canyon Village).

a map showing the Hermit Road Greenway trail alongside Hermit Road. At the bottom of the graphic is a Trail Profile with the elevation ranging between 6668 feet / 2032 meters to 6,813 feet / 2077 meters.
Hermit Road Greenway Trail is shown by the green line. The greenway was constructed along a route that has once been an historic carriage road.

River Views with a Quiet Forest Walk

Starting at the Hermit Road Route Transfer Station, get on a Hermits Road Route bus, ride to Monument Creek Vista. This shuttle stop marks the start of the three-mile, multi-use Greenway Trail for bicyclists and pedestrians. Most of the Greenway Trail follows the alignment of the 1913 Hermit Rim Carraige Road.

Walk west along the paved Greenway Trail taking in spectacular canyon views, then passing through a quiet forested area on the way to Pima Point (1.7 mi/2.7 km) or Hermits Rest (2.8 mi/ 4.5 km)

The Greenway Trail is fully accessible from Monument Creek Vista to Pima Point. Westbound buses (toward Hermits Rest) will pick you up at each bus stop. Eastbound buses (toward Grand Canyon Village) only stop at Pima Point.

Smiling woman riding a red bicycle along a paved road with colorful canyon walls beyond.
Touring Hermit Road

Beautiful Views and a Glorious Ride

If you are more interested in cycling than walking, ride your own bicycle, or rent one from Bright Angel Bicycles (in the Visitor Center Plaza).

Bicycling from the village along Hermit Road and the Greenway Trail — to Hermits Rest is 8.0 mi/12.9 km (one-way). You will get some great views of the canyon while feeling the wind on your face.

There are some steep sections along this route, so be prepared for an workout. If you tire and do not want to continue — go to one of the designated shuttle stops along Hermit Road. When the bus arrives, you can load your bike onto the rack in front of the bus and have it brought back to the Village.

When riding on Hermit Road, as shuttles approach, you must find a safe place to pull to the right shoulder and dismount until the bus passes by.


When walking or cycling at the Grand Canyon, make sure to take your time and carry food and water with you. The South Rim of Grand Canyon averages 7,000 feet / 2,134 meters above sea level. Visitors with respiratory or heart problems may experience difficulties. Exercising at this elevation can be strenuous.


Last updated: January 12, 2023

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