Rim Trail: Rock Wall – Grand Canyon Village AZ

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Description

The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) conducted extensive development work at Grand Canyon Village, including reconstruction of an approximately 0.4-mile stretch of wall along the central portion of the Rim Trail, roughly between Bright Angel Lodge and El Tovar Hotel.

The National Park Service’s CCC Walking Tour says this: “Civilian Conservation Corps crews completely rebuilt the rock wall along the rim from Verkamps Curios to Lookout Studio in 1934–35, replacing a deteriorated, poorly constructed dry-laid wall and a section of wooden fence. Project planners standardized dimensions at 27 inches (69 cm) high and 18 inches (46 cm) wide.”

The most famous feature of the wall is a heart-shaped rock,  located between Kachina Lodge and El Tovar, popularly known as Matrimony Rock. It is unclear to this day whether there is a particular meaning associated with its shape and placement, though it attracts visitors and selfie-takers to this day.

Source notes

CCC Walking Tour:
"The Civilian Conservation Corps: A Legacy Preserved at Grand Canyon Village," by the National Park Service. https://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/upload/CCC-Walking-Tour-GRCA.pdf

Project originally submitted by Evan Kalish on April 28, 2022.

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Location Info


Rim Trail
Grand Canyon Village, AZ 86023

Location notes: Location of the "Heart Rock"

Coordinates: 36.057544, -112.138364

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