Located along the Rim Trail just east of the main lodge areas and Grand Canyon Railway train station, this little store provides a number of books and maps that are useful for those wishing to tour the Grand Canyon area. The museum provides a number of historical items and a timeline of the development of the canyon.
At one time, this building was the home of a privately operating concessions shop, which had been doing business on the rim of the Canyon since 1898 (and continuously in this very building since 1906).
Grand Canyon Village is not just a location for tourists, but there are a fair number of people who live here as their place of employment is at the Grand Canyon. It takes quite a lot of people to support the various operations going on here.
Therefore, it should be no surprise that there are also various worship services that occur here, and a number of those services occur within the building known as "Shrine of the Ages".
There are also a number of evening ranger programs that occur in this building.
The bulletin board outside the Shrine of the Ages gives the timetable of events, including ranger presentations and worship services for those conducting worhsip in the building.
The building is actually fairly good sized, but it is proportioned well and hidden well within the trees, so that unlike many of the buildings in the park of equivalent size it would be very easy to walk right past it without noticing.
Running from the Pipe Creek Vista west all the way to Hermit's Rest (approximately 11.5 miles, or 19 km), the south rim trail leads to a number of viewpoints and other points of interest along the rim of the Canyon.
In areas near the Grand Canyon Village and other major points of interest, there are railings or fences to keep people away from the edge of the Canyon. However, further away from these major points of interest, you will find that there is nothing much preventing visitors from throwing themselves over the canyon edge, if they so desire. Keep in mind that the edge of the canyon is unstable in a number of locations, so you probably don't want to venture too far into areas where the trail isn't officially located. There's a reason they avoided putting the trail on certain rock outcroppings!
Restrooms are available along the length of the trail at major points, but this does not include the Pipe Creek Viewpoint at the eastern end of the trail.
Shuttle buses operate on routes that parallel the Rim Trail. While no one bus will take you the entire length of the trail, it is possible to travel its length by transferring at two transit centers where the bus routes intersect.
Much of the trail is paved and may be used by wheelchair users. However, in some locations the trail is only dirt (particularly on the west side of Grand Canyon Village, such as between the points named as "Maricopa Point" and "Monument Creek Vista". There are other places where the trail has a gravel section that is only suitable for walking, but there is a paved branch trail that is not as steep or narrow that can be traversed by wheelchairs.
There is no significant elevation gain over the length of the trail, but the altitude may have a huge effect on walking speed. Read the various cautions issued by the Park Service, as there are places here that don't give a lot of room for error.
The little village of Tusayan is about 6 miles south of the Grand Canyon Village and only 1 mile from the National Park entrance. It contains several private hotels, a few restaurants, grocery stores, souvernir shops and even a small airport.
The small airport is available to private aircrafts and has some commercial flights into the larger airports of Flagstaff, Phoenix or Las Vegas. But most of all it services by air tour companies, which was our purpose of visiting this airport.
We were supposed to leave at 16:00u for our scenic flight, but we had some delay. We were already checked-in and were waiting near the runway for our plane to arrive. Just to kill time we walked around and saw some nice old planes, it was like an open-air museum. I guess we had our own personal tour!
07:00 - 19:00u, every day.
At the Southern Rim, if you keep driving west from the Visitor's Center along Hermit Road, you will pass through many incredible look out points - Maricopa Point, Powell Point, Hopi Point, Mohave Point, The Abyss and Pima Point before finally reaching Hermit's Rest.
Hermit's Rest is the begiinning of the tough Hermit Trail. Did not have time to do the trail. But the stone structure is an interesting stop.
Note: The Hermit Road is closed to private vehicles from mid-March to mid-October due to the crowds. Use park shuttle instead.
If it is your first trip to Grand Canyon, choose Southern Rim. Though more crowded, it is more accessible from the Interstate Highway, have more available facilities and services and have greater range of vistas.
Besides the Visitor's Center, there are two museums Yavapai Museum and Tusayan Museum.
If you have time, you can go trekking the Bright Angle Trail, all the way or part of the way.
I don't know what this photo shows, except that I know it was taken from the South Rim, because it was so late in the season that we visited that the North Rim wasn't open.
If anyone knows what this is a picture of, I'd appreciate knowing.
Maybe it's true, maybe not...but we heared some people say that the world seems larger looking over The Grand Canyon. A fact is that looking from the South Rim over The Grand Canyon is a view never to forget.
After a little walk into the canyon over the Bright Angel trail we returned to the rim and witnessed a sunset which was very impessive and of course romantic.
Yes! The Grand Canyon is a land to humble the soul!
Here, at the Grand Canyon Village, one gets to stand right at the edge of the canyon. The South Rim is open all year while the North Rim is closed from mid-October to mid-May due to deep snows.
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