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.
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.
50 Minutes Round-trip (without getting off the bus)
Winter Bus Schedule
(December 1, 2022, through February 28, 2023)
First bus: 6 am
Every 30 minutes 6 to 8 am
Every 15 minutes: 8 am to 1 hour after sunset
(Last bus 30 minutes after sunset)
Be at a bus stop no later then 30 minutes after sunset
The Eastbound Kaibab Rim (Orange) Route 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 Kaibab Rim (Orange) 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.
Leave the car in one of the parking areas at Grand Canyon Visitor Center, follow the canyon rim signs to Mather Point, and walk east along the paved Canyon Rim and Greenway trails taking in spectacular canyon views.
In approximately 1.4 miles (2.3 km), you will come to Pipe Creek Vista, where you can take the Kaibab/Rim Route back to the visitor center or continue walking another 1.0 mile (1.6 km) to the South Kaibab Trailhead, where you can get on a Kaibab/Rim Route shuttle bus, which will then stop at Yaki Point and Pipe Creek Vista before returning to the visitor center.
Discover the Canyon's Geologic Story
Leave the car in one of the parking areas around the Visitor Center Plaza, follow the shuttle bus signs, and get on the Kaibab/Rim Route westbound bus. Take the bus to Yavapai Geology Museum, where you can learn about the Grand Canyon's geologic history, then walk back along the Rim Trail to the visitor center taking in spectacular canyon views (approximately 0.9 miles or 1.4 km).
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.