Kaibab Rim (Orange) Route Shuttle Bus

a white and green bus at a marked stop on the edge of a vast canyon landscape, just before sunset.
Kaibab Rim (Orange) Route Bus at the Yaki Point stop, just a few steps from the canyon rim and outstanding views.

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Kaibab Rim (Orange) Route

The Kaibab Rim (Orange) Route is a figure 8 loop that provides transport between the Visitor Center Shuttle Bus Terminal and South Kaibab Trailhead, Yaki Point, Pipe Creek Overlook, Mather Point, and Yavapai Geology Museum.

The road to South Kaibab Trailhead and Yaki Point is closed to private vehicles. Access is by park shuttle, on foot, or by bicycle. Please park at Grand Canyon Visitor Center and take the Kaibab Rim (Orange) shuttle bus from the Visitor Center to the South Kaibab Trailhead. It is a 9 minute ride.

Passengers about to board a white and green bus in a forested area with converging footpaths. Bus marque reads, Orange Route.
Kaibab Rim (Orange) Shuttle Bus at the South Kaibab Trailhead stop.

50 Minutes Round-trip
(without getting off the bus)

Winter Bus Schedule

(December 1, 2023, through February 29, 2024)

First bus is at 8 am, and the last bus is at 6:30 pm.

  • Every 22 minutes 8 to 11 am
  • Every 15 minutes: 11 am to 3 pm
  • Every 22 minutes: 3 pm to 6:30 pm
  • Last bus 6:30 pm
  • Be at a bus stop no later then 6 pm
If trail users need access to or from the South Kaibab Trailhead when the shuttle buses are not running, please contact Xanterra Taxi Service at 928.638.2631.

Kaibab Rim (Orange) Route - Need to Know

The Eastbound bus provides direct service from the Visitor Center to South Kaibab Trailhead, then it continues on to Yaki Point and Pipe Creek Overlook, before returning to the Visitor Center.

  • The eastbound bus and the early morning Hikers' Express Shuttle offer the only motorized access to the South Kaibab Trailhead, since the road is closed to private vehicles.

The Westbound bus starts from the Visitor Center, travels to Mather Point and Yavapai Geology Museum, then it returns to the Visitor Center.

  • It is possible to begin a walk on the paved rim trail from Yavapai Geology Museum, Mather Point, Pipe Creek Vista, or the South Kaibab Trailhead, walk for a while, then catch the bus at any of these locations, for a ride back to your starting point.

graphic shows west and east portions of the Kaibab bus route with visitor center shuttle bus terminal in the middle
This diagram shows the Kaibab Rim (Orange Route) bus stops. Starting at the Visitor Center Shuttle Bus Terminal, then moving counter clockwise to the South Kaibab Trailhead, continuing to Yaki Point, then Pipe Creek Vista, and returning back to the Visitor Center terminal before heading to Mather Point and Yavapai Geology Museum - then back to the Visitor Center terminal.

Points of Interest

These points of interest are also shown below on the South Rim Pocket Map and Services Guide. When you enter the park, you will receive a paper copy of this map.


Winter 2023-2024 — Shuttle Bus Route Map

Map showing South Rim Grand Canyon Village and Vicinity showing four shuttle bus routes that are in service during summer 2023
Two shuttle bus routes operate from December 1, 2023, through February 29, 2024. Kaibab Rim (Orange) Route, right, transports visitors to S. Kaibab Trailhead and outstanding views at Yaki Point. Village (Blue) Route, center, connects Visitor Center with lodges, campgrounds, Backcountry Information Center, and Market Plaza (market, outdoor ATM, post office). Hermit Road (Red) Route resumes March 1. Tusayan (Purple) Route will resume service during summer 2024.

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.


Additional Shuttle Bus Routes

Shuttle Bus Home Page

Last updated: December 5, 2023

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