Sightseeing & Day Hiking
Much pioneer period history of northern Arizona revolves around various schemes of development designed to
promote and capitalize on the indescribable but undeniable magic of the Grand Canyon. The Hermit Creek basin
was the scene of one of the most aggressive of these improvement efforts. Initiated by the Santa Fe Railroad in
1911, this program involved much development on the rim and also included the construction of what was, at the
time, a state of the art rim-to-river trail. The Hermit Trail was built to serve a luxury campsite near Hermit Creek.
Hermit Camp predated Phantom Ranch by 10 years, and in its heyday was complete with a tramway from the rim,
a functional automobile for transportation within the facility, and a Fred Harvey chef. Operations ceased in 1930,
but for two decades Hermit Camp was the last word in gracious tourism below the rim. As is always the case at
Grand Canyon, time and erosion have taken a heavy toll. The old Hermit Trail is today a mere shadow of its
former self, but for experienced, knowledgeable canyon backpackers the walk offers a direct link to the
excitement and romance of the early days at Grand Canyon.
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Starting at $900