Once you're in the park, there are many scenic drives and fabulous views. Some recommendations:
Mather Point: Elevation: 7,120 feet (2,170 meters). Located three miles from South Entrance Station, this is where most visitors stop for their first view of the Canyon. It's also close to the visitors' services at Canyon View Information Plaza, a short walk back across the main road. About a quarter of the entire Grand Canyon, including the 10-mile distant North Rim. Mather Point is named for Stephen T. Mather who, in 1916, became the first director of the newly-formed National Park Service.
Yavapai Point: Elevation: 7,040 feet (2,145 meters). Just a little further along is Yavapai Point, which includes Yavapai Observation Station, built in 1928. It houses restrooms and a bookstore operated by the Grand Canyon Association.
East of the Village
By following State Route 64 east toward Desert View, tourists can find a number of stopping points and usually fewer people. Highlights include:
Yaki Point: Elevation: 7,260 feet (2,212 meters). Yaki Point and the South Kaibab trailhead are also closed to vehicles. .
Grandview Point: Elevation: 7,406 feet (2,257 meters). Formerly a mining outpost, Grandview became the site of the Canyon's first hotel, which closed in 1908. The original mining trail still exists and is open to hikers.
Lipan Point: Elevation: 7,360 feet (2,243 meters). From this point, visitors can see Seventy-five Mile Creek, Escalante Butte, the Colorado River and Unkar Rapid.
Desert View: From this vista, visitors can see the Navajo Reservation. The Watchtower was designed by Mary Jane Colter, whose architectural design embodied the western and Native American cultures. Also visible from Desert View is the merging of the Little Colorado and Colorado rivers, and the Kaibab Plateau.