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. 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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  • This is the end of the Red Route. Hermit's Rest is at the West end of the eastern edge of Desert View Watchtower. Seen from the desert View Watchtower Hermit's Rest has walked the Grand Canyon. Sell souvenirs.
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  • This was a welcome break from walking along the rim. We replenished with sodas and had a chance to sit down. Bathroom facilities are also available.  more »
  • There is a bus that will take you up to Hermit's rest and it stops on the way up and back so you can stop and admire the views until the next bus or walk along the rim to the next stop if you wish. He...  more »
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  • Beautiful place. Love the view. It is NOT HCA but the do have a portable ramp the staff will bring out and set up so wheelchairs can go inside. The staff was excellent and took very good care of my wife.
  • 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.
  • It was a great walk from the South Rim Village to Hermit's Rest. The last part we did jump on the bus to get to Hermit's Rest as the trail was unpaved and very wet and slippy. At the end you can get food and drinks and there's a gift shop.
  • Love it !! Has a great hiking path . I’d recommend to ride the (free) bus up to Hermits rest then walking back down to the village . It’s a good 4-5 hr walk but well worth it
  • Great view... great historical building ....didnt have much time to see it all but want to go back
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