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Grand Canyon South Rim Tours

Ride to the South Rim in the comfort of a luxury sightseeing motorcoach or arrive in style in an executive A-Star Jet helicopter complete with forward-facing windows and 180-degree visibility. Be sure to read our South Rim Visitor’s Guide to learn all about what you can see and experience on your South Rim adventure.

Why Visit the South Rim?

The South Rim is owned and operated by the National Park Service and is the most developed region of the Grand Canyon, with nearly two dozen viewpoints to explore, including iconic views like Mather Point, Mohave Point, and Desert View.

Visitors to the South Rim can explore the Grand Canyon Village and visit historic landmarks like the Kolb Studio and Bright Angel Lodge or participate in guided Ranger programs. The South Rim also offers the widest selection of amenities, including numerous restaurants, hiking trails, gift shops, hotels, and more.

With over 5 million visitors per year, the South Rim is the most popular region of the Grand Canyon. If you’ve never visited the Grand Canyon before, the South Rim is often considered the best place to start. Choose from a variety of South Rim tours, including bus, helicopter, and airplane tours. Some guided tours include narrated airplane or helicopter flights over the Grand Canyon, complete with breathtaking aerial views of the Grand Canyon's North and East Rims.

The Grand Canyon's South Rim is located about 5 hours east of Las Vegas. Day trips to the South Rim can take up to 18 hours door to door. For a shorter tour that's closer to Las Vegas (with views that are just as impressive), consider visiting the West Rim.

What You'll See at the South Rim

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Grand Canyon Village

This National Historic Landmark District is home to Hopi House, Bright Angel Lodge, and more.

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Mather Point

A short walk from the Visitor Center, this viewpoint has two railed overlooks offering sweeping views.

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Desert View

Located just inside the National Park's east entrance. Climb the watchtower for 360° views.

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Mohave Point

A favorite spot to watch the sun set over the Grand Canyon, with fewer visitors than nearby Hopi Point.

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Hopi Point

Unobstructed views make Hopi Point the most popular place at the South Rim to watch the sunset.

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Bright Angel Trail

Considered the park's premier hiking trail, descending 4,000+ feet from the Rim to the Colorado River.

South Rim Travel Guides