The National Park Service at Grand Canyon has expanded its free in-park shuttle bus service to include regular service from Grand Canyon Village to the nearby community of Tusayan (a few miles south of the South Rim Entrance Station on Highway 64), and along Desert View Drive to historic Desert View Watchtower. Both initiatives are part of a longstanding effort to encourage visitors to take advantage of public transportation to relieve traffic congestion and air pollution.
The Desert View Drive shuttle also represents a wonderful way to visit a number of the most breathtaking scenic overlooks the South Rim has to offer. The addition of this route was is in response to the limited access to popular Hermit Road due to ongoing road closures for repaving and other improvements.
Both the Tusayan shuttle and Desert View Drive shuttle will be in operation through September 1st. I recommend that you park your car, leave the driving to the park’s skilled bus drivers (they’ll also be sharing some interesting information along the way via microphone), and spend more of your time focused on the wonders of your Grand Canyon National Park.