The Abyss is a popular spot on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, and one of the designated viewpoints from where visitors get to enjoy wonderful views of the Grand Canyon National Park. This viewpoint is part of the Hermit Road, which is a scenic route that runs west of the Grand Canyon Village and leads to Hermits Rest.
This route is popular as it is easily accessed by the complimentary shuttle bus, bicycle, hiking, and commercial buses.
The Abyss, Lookout View Point & Overlook, Grand Canyon National Park
As a result, visitors who stop at the Abyss enjoy a bird’s eye view of the canyon. This almost vertical view allows you to appreciate the views of The Monument, which is the biggest sandstone column across the canyon. So it’s not difficult to see why this stop along Hermit’s Road is a must-see.
Monument Creek near the sandstone column and the Granite Rapids on the Colorado River are also visible from The Abyss. It is not unusual to spot campers setting up at the camping site near the creek or thrill-seekers enjoying whitewater rafting at the rapids.
The Abyss is located about a mile from the Monument Creek Vista to the east, and 1.1 miles from Mohave Point to the west. Taking the route and making a stop at these points provides visitors with unique perspectives of the Grand Canyon below. Mohave Point, for instance, offers gorgeous views of the Colorado River below and is great for watching sunrises and sunsets.
On the other hand, Monument Creek Vista is a popular resting point as it marks the start of the Greenway Trail. Ideal for hikers, cyclists, and visitors with limited mobility, this viewpoint offers excellent views of the Grand Canyon’s Eastern region.
Other attractions near The Abyss include the Pima, Powell, and Hopi Points – all found along Hermit Road. Visitors must note that private vehicles can only access the road between December and February.