Hermit's Rest, Grand Canyon National Park

Recuperate from your long Grand Canyon hike with a break at Hermit's Rest. Built in 1914, the structure sits on the westernmost point of Grand Canyon's south rim, near the end of an eponymous hiking trail. The structure can be accessed by paved road, and it remains a popular tourist stop for coach bus tours. Built to appear as a natural stone formation, the structure looks as if it could topple over at any second. Inside, you'll find a snack bar, gift shop with handmade jewelry, and ice cream stand. An old-timey fireplace gives a nod to pioneer times. A small stone archway, decorated with a historic broken bell, marks the entrance. Use our Grand Canyon National Park itinerary planner to add Hermit's Rest and other attractions to your Grand Canyon National Park vacation plans.
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  • We pictured this as more of a cafe/restaurant, so were surprised to see it was more of a tourist center gift shop. Nonetheless, we partook of the hot chocolate and cookies and did a bit of browsing. W...  more »
  • There are no easy hikes into the Canyon. Well, not for this older gal, but we (friend and hubby) wanted to go into the Canyon one more time before our trip ended. Unlike Kaibab, we saw very few hikers...  more »
  • Another interesting Jane Coulter design. This unique building keeps a roaring fire going in the stone fireplace. Old photos show that many of the items inside have been there since it was built. The s...  more »
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  • Worth stopping in just to see the tremendous fireplace in the gift shop and the beautiful sunset view. Only problem is it closes before sunset in the summer (6 pm), but restrooms are available outside. This is the last stop on the free shuttle bus purple route. Take the bus out, walk about (well worth it),and catch another back after sunset.
  • We took the hike down part of the way towards Hermit's Rest and it had some cool views back towards the Canyon. There are better viewpoints between the village and Hermit's Rest, but the views from anywhere in the park are incredible.
  • It was nice to be able to grab a quick bite here at the end of the red route. There were a lot of good souvenir options as well.
  • A superb surprise as part of the national park - definitely consider staying additional nights to add to your itinerary
  • A building as art integrated with it's environment. The view from any window is like a framed piece of art. The views from the exterior vantage points are sweeping and gorgeous.

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Where to stay in Grand Canyon National Park

You'll find plenty of options if you want to stay inside Grand Canyon National Park. Most campgrounds and lodges sit around the South Rim area, and they tend to fill up quickly for summer visits, so book as far in advance as possible. The price range for lodge accommodations varies greatly, so there's something for nearly every budget. The less-visited North Rim features one lodge. For those who hike to the bottom of the canyon, dormitories and cabins are available at Phantom Ranch. If you can't secure a place in the park or find something there to your liking, the small village near the south entrance offers inns and economy motels. You’ll have the convenience of nearby restaurants if you stay there.
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