Parking - South Rim Visitor Center and Village

Looking down on a large curved parking lot with 4 rows for cars and a row of large pull-through spaces that are filled with RVs.
Parking Lot 1, at the South Rim Visitor Center Plaza has pull-through spaces for large RVs and vehicles with trailers. Parking Lot 1 is also the closest to the views of Grand Canyon at Mather Point and the Canyon Rim Trail.
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Parking at the South Rim Visitor Center Plaza (Lots 1, 2, 3, 4)

As you drive into the Village area from the South Entrance Station, or from Desert View Drive, (State Route 64) signs will direct you to the Visitor Center Plaza Parking Complex.

As you approach, the 4 Visitor Center Plaza parking lots are numbered, 1 to 4, starting with Lot 1. (The lots are shown visually in the detailed map below.) The parking areas are represented by numbers, colors, and animal symbols to help you remember where you left your car.

Restrooms are located in separate buildings on either end of the Visitor Center Building.

  • Lot 1 is the closest to Mather Point and Grand Canyon views, and has Pull-through Spaces for RVs and Vehicles with Trailers.

  • Lot 2 is closer to the Visitor Center Plaza. No RV spaces.

  • Lot 3 often acts as the overflow lot is a short walk to the Visitor Center Plaza. No RV spaces.

  • Lot 4 is close to the Bicycle Rental/Café, GCC Park Store and the Visitor Center/ Plaza. No RV spaces.


Important: there are No Parking Spaces for RVs and/or Vehicles with Trailers in Lots 2, 3, 4.

Large vehicles should NOT pull across multiple regular parking spaces.

During the busy season, if you arrive by 9 am, you can usually find parking in one of the four lots around the Visitor Center Plaza.

What to do next:

  • Visitor Center Plaza, The Visitor Center building itselt is closed at this time. However, an Information table outside the building is staffed by park rangers from 8 am - 5 pm daily

    You can also shop in the park store, rent a bicycle, or have a coffee.

  • From the Visitor Center Shuttle Bus Terminal, you can take a free shuttle around Grand Canyon Village (Blue Route)
    You can also take the Blue Route to connect with the scenic Hermit Road shuttle (Red Route)
  • From the Visitor Center Shuttle Bus Terminal, another option is to take the Kaibab Rim Route (Orange Route) eastbound to Yaki Point scenic overlook, and the South Kaibab Trailhead, or board the westbound Orange Shuttle to Mather Point and Yavapai Geology Museum.
  • If you would rather walk, than ride a bus, walk ( .2 mile ) to Mather Point for your first view of Grand Canyon.
  • From Mather Point, you can continue walking along the Canyon Rim Trail - or return to the Visitor Center.

Overview Map of South Rim Village Parking Lots

While lots 1-4 near the Visitor Center Plaza provide for convenient parking, these lots fill by late morning during busy periods, including spring break, summer and holidays during the fall and winter.

Additional parking is available in lots A-B at Market Plaza and C-D in the Village Historic District. The 3 lots that can accommodate RVs (1, B, and D) are indicated by green arrows.

Grand Canyon village parking map shows parking lots 1-4 and A-D

Parking at Market Plaza and in the Village Historic District (Lots A-D)

Parking is available in lots throughout Grand Canyon Village. Please avoid parking along the roadside except where signs or lines on the road indicate that it is permissible. RVs and vehicles with trailers should only park in designated areas. Large vehicles should NOT pull across multiple regular parking spaces. Lots A-D are described in more detail here and shown in the map above.

  • Lot A: Near Park Headquarters, is a long parking lot, across the street from Market Plaza. It tends fill in the early afternoon. Lot A does NOT have space for RVs or vehicles with trailers
  • Lot B: Near the businesses in Market Plaza. This is the largest lot and has space for RVs and vehicles with trailers. This lot tends to fill in early afternoon. The Post Office, Chase Bank, General Store and Yavapai Lodge are located here
  • Lot C: This small lot in the village, near the intersection of Center and Village Loop Roads may have parking spots when others lots are filled. Lot C does NOT have space for RVs or vehicles with trailers
  • Lot D: A large lot near the Backcountry Information Center (BIC) in the Village. May have parking spots when others lots are filled. The southern portion of this lot, just beyond the BIC building, has large, pull-through spaces for RVs and vehicles with trailers.

    When it is busy in the village, Lot D is the best lot to park in to access the Hermit Road (Red Route) Shuttle, Bright Angel Trailhead, and the Village itself.

The South Rim Pocket Map and Services Guide

Contains a map of the bus stops, parking areas, lodges, campgrounds and trails with distances. Download >

Map showing South Rim Grand Canyon Village and Vicinity showing the three shuttle bus routes indicated by red, blue and orange lines, that are in service as of July 17, 2021.
This map shows the three main shuttle bus routes that are in operation as of July 17, 2021 in the village developed area. The Kaibab Rim (Orange) Route, on the right, and the Hermit Road (Red) Route, on the left, transport visitors to outstanding views. The Village (Blue) Route, in the center, connects the Visitor Center Plaza with lodges, campgrounds, the Backcountry Information Center, and Market Plaza (market, bank, and post office).
a parking lot filled to capacity with 4 rows of cars.
Parking Lot 2 on a busy day - Grand Canyon Visitor Center (S. Rim)

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Last updated: July 25, 2021

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