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The most developed area of Grand Canyon National Park, the South Rim offers amenities such as bus service, hotels and water stations, but is also more crowded than the North Rim. Scenic highlights include Pipe Creek Vista and Yavapai Point.
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Highway 64, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ 86023
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Reviewed today

This is so hard to describe. It was so beautiful almost as if it wasn't real. There is no indication from the landscape that it is there. But you walk behind the visitor's center and there it is overwhelming.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank angelbP8076TP
Reviewed today

The south rim was definitely crowded in mid October. There are lots of trails and different vista points along the rim itself. We stayed several days at El Tovar. We hiked Bright Angel Trail to Plateau Point. Once you get into the canyon a bit...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank LBMM77
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Have been few times now yet it still blows you away with the scale of it. Advice is drive and park not at the visitor centre but deeper down at El Tovar area. The main visitor area has half of China there shouting and talking...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank davebY4305WK
Reviewed yesterday

Try to spend time away from the main lodges and visitor center. There are some turnoffs along Highway 64 east of the main visitor area where you can get a better feel for the canyon without all the crowds. Or if you can afford the...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Kirk H
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

It was breathtaking, overwhelming, almost hard to process all the beauty God created. It was crowded, but the trails were nice and quiet. We drove through, did not take shuttle. Lunch was reasonable. It’s definitely a family bucket list trip.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank SoccerChickOKC
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This was a part of our road trip Vegas-Page-Grand Canyon-Sedona-LA. The Grand Canyon National Park is Arizona’s most popular natural wonders with landscapes that will simply take your breath away. The Grand Canyon carved out by the Colorado river is 277 miles long, up to...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank OMGtrips
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We had a nice trip but were surprised by how crowded it was in mid-October. Some of the bus rides were insanely crowded (busiest when returning from Hermits Rest), which made parts of our time there less than pleasant. However, the views along the Rim...More

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Saw the South Rim for the first time since '91. It is a great place to see and hard to take in the scale and beauty. I think a few more staff would be useful especially to curtail the stupid antics of some visitors. After...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank mikeA5579VA
Reviewed 3 days ago

There are too many good things to do here than will fit in one day. Stay longer, and, if you can, attend more than one ranger walk or talk. The schedules for them--daytime and in the evening--are posted in various places. Walk a trail or...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank A_Saunterer
Reviewed 3 days ago

This is just one of those places you absolutely have to go to once in your life. There is absolutely nothing like it in the world.

Date of experience: November 2018
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18 October 2019|
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Response from SAK205 | Reviewed this property |
We just returned from our visit and it was windy and chilly, but warmed up after we left. I would say Christmas time would be on the brisk side.
Hello! I am trying to plan a trip to GC with my family in April. We have a 12 night trip planned but have to fly into Salt Lake City as that’s the only flight we can afford! We are aiming to hike to Phantom Ranch and stay down at the Ranch on night 9 of our trip, to tie in with a reservation we have there. We were also hoping to stay 3 other nights at the south rim, 2 nights before our hike and 1 night after. Do you have any suggestions for the rest of our trip? We really need to stay at SLC on night 1 and 12, which makes the route back from GCSR to SLC a little arduous. I’m not sure this trip is viable and I’m starting to contemplate changing to June and hiking to Phantom in June instead .... possibly not the smartest idea given the combination of heat and two pre-teen children, but perhaps viable so long as we start the hike down and hike out before sunrise?! Any tips helpful! Thank you
14 October 2019|
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Response from cliffandjo | Reviewed this property |
Our trip was very different. We were travelling by car. You can get a train into the centre of the south rim and there are plenty of camping places you can use and then use the bus and walking to do what you want. Not... More
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10 October 2019|
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Response from PAUL L | Reviewed this property |
Hi, The Grand Canyon Railway runs between the Canyon and Williams, Arizona - not Winslow. Williams is 160 miles from Phoenix and 220 miles from Las Vegas. So the drive from Phoenix, via Flagstaff would be shorter and I... More