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Hermit's Rest, Grand Canyon National Park
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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. Work out when and for how long to visit Hermit's Rest and other Grand Canyon National Park attractions using our handy Grand Canyon National Park holiday planner.
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  • Really neat building. One senses the story immediately. The scenery here might not be the best over the grand Canyon but still worth taking with the trip up here for the story at last. Tag.
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  • Best views are had by walking the rim up to Hermits Rest and riding the bus back. There is a snack bar and store at Hermits Rest. A couple of restrooms along the way. 
  • Terminus of the classic South Rim, appears a bit disappointing, because the view is less grandiose than other Viewpoint, and also there is across a building used primarily to "tourist trap" with souvenirs etc. ultimately, nothing great, to have known I believe the visit will be safely neglected, also save time with the shuttles.
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  • Found this to be a perfect spot just after sunrise. Quiet, gentle and lonely. Get up early, catch the Hermit rest shuttle early, stop at Hopi point to watch the sunrise over the north rim and then catch the next shuttle to here. The buildings are not open yet, but since no one else is around, you get to enjoy the solitude and the beauty alone. Gives you a feel for what it must have been like a hundred years ago. No modern disturbances. Just natural beauty as it awakes for another day! As you wander around, you will see where some of the more famous postcard shots came from. Here!
  • It's a good rest point with some amenities like a snack and souvenir shop, restrooms, and water station. I feel like it could have offered more amenities. The views are good but honestly the views of the canyon start looking the same after you see a few. If you plan on biking your way to this place, brace yourself for a tiring journey and bring water.
  • Take the Hermit trail to walk down to the canyon or even just halfway. On a busy day in July, we only met one group hiking down the trail. You can spot some fossils too on the way.
  • Snack bar is very run down and always full. Ran out of water midway through the afternoon. Not impressed, given this is such a busy touristic location.
  • We hiked most of the trail but didn't make it all the way to the rest. This trail was the most challenging of the three south rim trails, and we enjoyed the rugged feel of the trek.