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South Rim of the Grand Canyon

The South Rim of the Grand Canyon is where the vast majority of visitors come. The rim lies at an elevation between 6,000-7,000 ft. and is covered with forests. It also has lodging, restaurants, and other amenities. Two museums are also located here. They are the Yavapai Museum and the Tusayan Museum. The Yavapai Museum is located close to the visitor's center at Yavapai Point. It features the Geological History of the Grand Canyon. The Tusayan Museum is located on the East Rim Drive and shows the archaeological history of the Grand Canyon. There is a small ruin nearby.

Viewpoints: The South Rim has a number of view points. Many of these are found along the East Rim Drive (23 miles) and the West Rim Drive (8 miles). Viewpoints include Hopi Point, Mather Point, Yaqui Point, and the Yavapai Observation Station.

The East Rim Drive has:
Yaqui Point: (7,268 ft)
Grandview Point (7,406 ft.)
Moran Point (7,141 ft)
Lipan Point (7,360 ft)
Navajo Point (7,461 ft)
Desert View (7,438 ft.)

The West Rim Drive has:
Hermits Rest (6,640 ft)
Hopi Point (7,065 ft.)
Maricopa Point (7000 ft.)
Mohave Point (6,995 ft.)
Pima Point (6,799 ft)
The Abase (6,884 ft.)

Other points of interest include the Kolb Studio, Hopi House, El Tovar Hotel and Restaurant, and the Desert View Watchtower was built in the 1930s as a recreation of ancestral Pueblan Towers.


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