Powell Memorial, Grand Canyon South Rim

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Powell Memorial

Powell Memorial honors John Wesley Powell who first braved the Colorado River rapids in 1869 and is perfect for enjoying awesome views while learning some history of the park.

  • Visit Powell Memorial to see a historic spot in Grand Canyon National Park
  • Its location is at Powell Point, where you’ll find marvelous views of the canyon
  • Continue down Hermit Road to stop and enjoy other overlooks with great views
  • Walk from Maricopa Point for a short, scenic hike

What can I see and do at Powell Memorial?

  • Historic Site: This platform is a historic spot, commemorating John Wesley Powell, the man who navigated the white waters of the Colorado River. Grand Canyon National Park was also awarded its national park status on this spot in 1919.
  • Views: Powell Point is the location of the memorial, and offers some amazing views of the canyon, particularly at sunset. This area is less crowded than other points along Hermit Road, making it a wonderful place to bring the family to gaze out over the colorful formations of Grand Canyon.
  • Scenic Drive: Along Hermit Road, you can stop for some of the most awesome views of Grand Canyon. It’s eight miles of splendor from Grand Canyon Village to Hermits Rest.
  • Bicycling: Many prefer to ride a bicycle down Hermit Road, stopping at Powell Point and others for some scenic exercising. With less traffic than other roads in Grand Canyon National Park, you can enjoy a safe ride.

Where is the Powell Memorial?

To reach Powell Memorial, drive into Grand Canyon Village and get on the Village Loop. You will come to the intersection with Hermit Road and the memorial is about 3 miles west.

Powell Memorial is also only a 10-minute walk from Maricopa Point on Hermit Road, which is a fun way to get there rather than take the park shuttle or drive.

When is the Powell Memorial open?

This Grand Canyon landmark is open daily, all year round.

How much does the Powell Memorial cost?

Powell Memorial admission is free.

Who can I call if I have more questions?

You can call Grand Canyon Visitor Information at (928) 638-7888 if you have more questions regarding Powell Memorial.

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