Tourist Camps Below the Rim

Meanwhile, the Santa Fe Railroad was facing difficulties in trying to expand tourism at the South Rim. The only trail to the river from the Grand Canyon Village area was the Bright Angel Trail which was built by a prospector along an old Indian route and operated as a private toll trail. To circumvent this roadblock, the railroad built a road along the rim to Hermits Rest and then built the Hermit Trail to the river. Hermit Camp, an elaborate tourist camp complete with tent cabins, running water, and an aerial tramway for resupply was built near Hermit Creek on the Tonto Platform. Hermit Camp served as the focus for trips into the canyon until 1930.