The Grand Canyon has shuttle bus tours that travels around the South Rim with frequent stops at places of interest.
I don't recommend this as a way to see the Grand Canyon. If you are coming during the summer months, this bus tour is very crowded and you may have a long wait before you are able to get on the bus for the next stop. The Grand Canyon is noted for it's afternoon rains in the summer. You could find yourself getting really wet as you wait for the bus.
It would be better to choose a bus tour that suits your particular interests and your schedule. All of the in-park tours are narrated and led by knowledgeable guides. They are all approved by the Grand Canyon Park Service as well.
Let them do the driving and you can relax and take in the spectacular views.
Here are a few of the tours...
Hermits Rest Tour
The Hermits Rest Tour is a two-hour narrated bus tour that travels westward eight miles one way along the old wagon road built by the Santa Fe Railway.
There are stops along the West Rim at several spectacular overlooks, with a glimpse of the rapids of the Colorado River below. The tour stops at Hermits Rest, a unique building of native stone created by Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter in 1914. This tour returns via the same route.
$24 per person. Children 16 and under are free when accompanied by a paying adult.
Desert View Tour
The Desert View Tour covers some 52 miles in 3.75 hours. Traveling east along the Rim of the Grand Canyon, the Colorado River emerges from the depths of the inner gorge and many of its rapids can be viewed.
This tour stops at Lipan Point, often said to be the most spectacular viewpoint on the East Rim Drive.
The highlight of the tour is the stop at Desert View, an outpost some 25 miles from Grand Canyon Village. Here you will find the Watchtower, a re-creation of the unusual towers erected by the ancient native peoples of the Southwest. The view from atop the Watchtower is nothing short of breathtaking.
$42 per person. Children 16 and under are free when accompanied by a paying adult.
Enjoy this spectacular time of day as the sun rises over the ramparts of the Palisades of the Desert.
It's an inspirational way to begin a day of activities and to share this natural wonder with people from all over the world.
$19 per person, 1.5 hours. Children 16 and under are free when accompanied by a paying adult.
The 1.5 hour Sunset Tour includes an orientation to the Canyon while you enjoy the sunset at Yaki or Mojave Point, two of the most panoramic South Rim viewpoints.
This tour will introduce the historic village area, the rustic architecture of Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter, and the contemporary human history of Grand Canyon.
$19 per person. Children 16 and under are free when accompanied by a paying adult.
Enjoy the breathtaking Desert View tour along with any west rim tour (Hermits Rest, Sunset or Sunrise) at a special price combination. These tours can be taken in any order or even on different days to best suit your plans while staying at the Canyon.
$52 per person. Children 16 and under are free when accompanied by a paying adult.
Important be sure to make reservations well ahead of the time that you're planning to visit.
They do not offer the option to make reservations online for Grand Canyon bus tours; however, they will process your request online via a Reservation Request Form. Once you have reviewed the tours below a reservation agent will contact you in reference to your inquiry via telephone or e-mail. Note that this will not be a reservation, only a confirmation. You can reach these people through Grand Canyon Lodges.
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