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On our last day in Grand Canyon National Park, we hopped the Hermit Road shuttle to the Western edge of the park and Hermit’s Rest. Hermit Road follows the rim trail for 7 miles, with several stops along the way at scenic overlooks. Mary Colter, one of the few female architects of her time, designed Hermit’s Rest in 1914. It served as a rest stop on a stage coach line.
Colter’s buildings throughout the park are designed to blend in with the natural surroundings. Hermit’s Rest was made to look like something a hermit would build with boulders from the canyon. Now a visitors center, it is part of the Mary Jane Colter Buildings National Historic Landmark.
Brush and trees largely obstruct the views of the canyon from here. Ravens, which are common in Grand Canyon National Park, love Hermit’s Rest. There were a lot of them here and they were friendly enough to pose for photos with us (though once they figured out we weren’t going to feed them, they moved on to the next tourist.)
We decided to walk the rim trail part of the way back to Grand Canyon Village. Along the way we found stunning views of the canyon from Yuma and Pima Points. We were the only people on the trail and at the lookouts…this was the peaceful and awesome Grand Canyon experience we’d been longing for! At Pima Point, about a mile and a half East of Hermit’s Rest, the sun was getting low and we were able to hop on the last shuttle back to the village.
Designation: National Park
Date designated/established: January 11, 1908
Date of my visit: August 21, 2014