How to spend half day in Grand Canyon South Rim? Is this possible? Maybe or Maybe not. Definitely it is possible. Doable, certainly, but mostly likely not all points.
Since we planned to visit South Rim the same day as Horseshoe Bend and Lower Antelope Canyon, we needed to research all the points that really interest us and which have great views.
Grand Canyon National Park is a huge park, that’s why the entrance ticket it valid for 7 days. That’s how huge it is. But how will you do it if you only have half day?
NPS (U.S. National Park Service) have a really good information on how to plan your visit. They even have maps and guide online so you can plan ahead of time.
They even have a short video on how to use their bus transportation to view each point. In this short video, they even said 3-4 hours! So I guess it is really doable 😃
So after paying our entrance fee, which is $35, we then looked for a parking space, which is another 30 minutes from the gate. Pretty far ha?
We got our park in one of the bus stop station (Shrine of the Ages), which is good, at least we don’t have to walk that much 😃. So we start our tour.
You only need to hop on and hop off the bus. They explained it clearly on how to use their buses in their site. They have colors for every directions. We went first to Red bus, which is going to Hermit’s Rest, We rode the Blue bus that will connect us to Red bus. But seeing the line in the red bus, we decided no to go to Hermit’s Rest point and just went to Mohave point first.
First stop, Mojave Point…
While studying the map, we found that the red bus will just have 4 stops going back. Which are the Pima Point, Mojave Point, Powell Point and the Village Route transfer.
So After Mojave point, we went to Powell point, and Hopi is not the far, you can always walk then just go back to Powell point for the ride back.
Second stop Hopi and Powell Point
We went back Village Route transfer to to ride the blue stop going to the visitor area where all the bus will meet. Good thing there are some water stations around the area. Don’t forget to bring tumbler, if you don’t want to get dehydrated during summer season.
So we wait for the yellow bus going to Mather’s point. I’ve heard that this point is really popular during sunset, but since the sunset during summer is kinda late, we can’t really wait for that one, as our energy is running low 🤣.
The last stop, Mather’s point.
There are some points that cars are allowed, but mostly you should ride the bus to visit a certain point. But don’t worry, their bus are on time and if I’m not mistaken it has a 5 mins interval each. Or maybe 10 mins sometimes.