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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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  • You can't drive here in the summer. The shuttle makes numerous stops to view the canyon. There's a general store at Hermit's Rest. There are also bathrooms. The Rest itself features interesting archit...  more »
  • There are no ugly place in the Grand Canyon, however Hermit Rest is rather closed and rich in vegetation and therefore the canyon remains obscured. The lodge is unique but offers little, just some souvenirs.
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  • Took the shuttle bus up to hermits rest and then hiked back down. Lots of good views from the trail. Well worth the time. Bring water.  more »
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  • Rented bikes from the concession stand (great place by the way) and rode them down to here. It was an amazing day and loved it! Went with our 2 kids and my mother in law. Definitely memorable trip. Shuttle will pick you up at the bottom and most of the ridding is all downhill unless you want to ride it back up.
  • Unless you are handicapped the only way here is via the free shuttle. The last sure towards hermits rest leaves half an hour after sunset. The rest itself is an amazing view but the shop is way overpriced.
  • What can I say, it's a Grand canyon view point! I think they're all amazing. Last stop, but still worth it.
  • Really cool and really pretty! Nice to get away from all the crowds of the popular spots. Next time we're back we're going to take the Hermit's Rest Trail for an adventure!
  • Make sure you catch this. Wonderful historic structure. Amazing arch on fireplace.

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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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