Guest column: Tusayan to Grand Canyon shuttle running
During the busy summer season, lines are long at the entrance station and parking is difficult to find on the South Rim. Why wait in lines and drive in circles looking for parking when you can park in the gateway community of Tusayan and ride a shuttle bus into the park. No lines, no hassles, no fuss.
The Tusayan Route (Purple Route) provides shuttle bus service between Tusayan and the park. It operates every day from May 7 through Oct. 9. Buses run every 20 minutes between 8 a.m. and 9:45 p.m. Visitors can park anywhere in Tusayan to take the bus, including the Best Western Squire Inn, Grand Hotel, Big E Steakhouse, IMAX/R.P.'s Stage Stop, and the park and ride lot on the north end of town. The park and ride lot is especially good for RVs and vehicle with trailers, which have limited parking options in the park. Visitors entering the park from Tusayan must present a valid park entrance pass when boarding the shuttle bus. These passes can be purchased at park entrance stations or at various businesses around Tusayan, including the IMAX, RP's Stage Stop, Red Feather Lodge, Canyon Plaza Resort, and The Best Western Squire Inn.
After making four stops in Tusayan, the shuttle bus heads straight to the Grand Canyon Visitor Center, where you can begin your Grand Canyon experience. More information about the Tusayan Route and Grand Canyon's transit system is available at www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/shuttle-buses.
Concessions Analyst, Grand Canyon National Park