Grand Canyon National Park
South Rim Lodging
The South Rim is open year round. Lodging inside of the park is operated by Xanterra South Rim, L.L.C, the official park service concessionaire. For more information and to book online, visit: http://www.grandcanyonlodges.com . You can also call for reservations toll-free inside of the U.S. at 1-888-297-2757 (outside of the U.S., 303-297-2757). Please note that when you book directly, they do not charge additional booking fees as some websites do. In addition, their rates are subject to NPS approval, based on comparisons to similar non-park lodging. This map of the Village area shows the location of the lodging options. The lodges are described below. Some photos are from the collection of the National Park Service and may be used publicly as long as they are attributed as the owner/copyright holder; others are from the personal collection of one of the authors of this article..
- El Tovar Hotel -- an historic, full service hotel on the rim--over 100 years old, but just renovated in 2005. Has a variety of rooms and suites, ranging from smaller one bedded downstairs rooms to large bedroom/sitting room suites (including the only view suites in the park; there are only 12 suites, and only 3 have canyon views). This is a multi-story hotel, but there is no elevator. Accessible rooms are available on the first floor; other lodges have accessible rooms as well. Link to Xanterra photos of El Tovar.
- Kachina Lodge -- also on the rim, next door to El Tovar. Has rim facing partial view rooms, and street facing rooms, renovated in 2004. Most rooms have 2 queen size beds, a few have 1 king bed. This is a 2-story building (no elevator) with interior corridors. Xanterra Kachina/Thunderbird photos.
- Thunderbird Lodge -- (very much the same style and layout as Kachina) also on the rim, between Kachina and the Bright Angel Lodge. Has rim facing partial view rooms, and street facing rooms, also renovated in 2004. Most rooms have 2 queen size beds, a few have 1 king bed. This is a 2-story building (no elevator) with interior corridors for the first floor rooms, an exterior corridor for the second floor rooms.
- Bright Angel Lodge -- an historic lodge on the rim with both lodge & cabin style rooms. Popular with hikers, accommodations range from lodge rooms with the bath down the hall, to a rim suite with a bedroom and living room with fireplace. Most of the lodge rooms have 1 double bed, and cabin rooms have 1 queen size bed.(Photo is just a few of the Bright angel Lodge cabins.) Xanterra Bright Angel Photos.
- Maswik Lodge -- about a 1/4 mile from the rim in a wooded area at the west end of the village has three main sections: North are large, modern motel style rooms just renovated in 2006 and now has air-conditioning. Most rooms have 2 queen beds, some have 1 king. Most buildings are 2-story (no elevators). South has somewhat smaller motel type rooms with 2 queen beds and room fans, in 2-story buildings (no elevators). Cabin rooms (bathrooms have stall showers, no tubs) have 2 queen or 2 double beds, and are only open seasonally. Xanterra Maswik Photos.
- Yavapai Lodge -- about 1/2 a mile from the rim, also in a wooded area, but at the east end of the village, is close to Market Plaza (housing a bank, US Post Office, and general store) and is near the new visitor center. Open seasonally, it has two sections, East has modern motel style rooms with air-conditioning in 2-story buildings with interior corridors (no elevators). Has rooms with 1 king or 2 queen beds, and West which is an older style of single story motel type buildings where you can park by your room. Rooms all have 2 queen beds. Xanterra Yavapai Photos.
- Trailer Village is our RV park with full-hookups and pull-through sites, open year round. Electric was upgraded to 50 amp and cable tv hookups were added in the summer of 2006. No online reservations for this.
- Phantom Ranch is the lodge at the bottom of the canyon. You can reach it by foot, raft, or mule trip. Accommodations are in dormitories (segregated by gender), and a few cabins (most of which are for the mule trips). There is also a dining hall serving set meals at set times. This also cannot be booked online.
There are also two park service campgrounds in the park, one near Market Plaza (Mather Campground), and another at Desert View, near the east entrance to the park. These are not operated by Xanterra. You'll find information on the NPS website listed above, and also information about other nearby camping in the national forest.
Lodging Near GCNP Outside the Park
Additionally, there are a number of chain and independent motels outside of the park:
Outside the south entrance is the town of Tusayan. Many of these hotels have swimming pools, unlike accomodations in the park. So if your kids must have a pool, these might be more suitable. All are members of the chamber of commerce, and you can find a list of them, along with contact information at http://www.grandcanyonchamber.org or http://www.tusayanhotels.com. The park service operates a free shuttle service between Tusayan and Grand Canyon Village from Memorial Day through Labor Day weekends.
Next closest would be in Valle (30 miles south), which is the junction of US Hwy 180 and State Rt 64. Another 30 miles south is the town of Williams, home of the Grand Canyon Railway and its hotel and RV park, along with many other chain and independent motels. 30 miles east of Williams is the city of Flagstaff, a larger town with a university, hospital, small airport, etc.
Outside of the park directly to the east, approx. 50 miles from the south rim village is Cameron, which has accommodations at the Cameron Trading Post.
North Rim Lodging
Grand Canyon Lodge, operated by Forever Resorts®, is the only lodging inside of the park at the North Rim. They have an assortment of cabin style and motel style rooms. The lodge is only open when the park is open, generally mid-May to mid-October. You can make reservations online at their website http://www.grandcanyonlodgenorth.com, or you can call for reservations toll-free in the U.S. at 877-386-4383 (877-Fun-4-Ever) or 480-337-1320 outside of the U.S.
There is also a park service campground, and information available on the NPS website listed above.
Outside of the park is the Kaibab Lodge in the national forest (18 miles/ 29 km north of the park boundary, www.kaibablodge.com 928-638-2389). A little further out is Jacob Lake Inn (formerly known as Jacob Lake Lodge) (45 miles/ 72 km north, http://www.jacoblake.com/ 928 643-7232). The next closest communities are Fredonia, AZ and Kanab, UT.
Other Lodging Locations Outside of the National Park Boundaries
There are a number of locations that are near or within the canyons of the Colorado River, but are not within the boundaries of the National Park. None of these is particularly convenient to the National Park itself. These are (in no particular order):
- Grand Canyon West -- sometimes refered to as the West Rim (not to be confused with the scenic view road inside of the park at the south rim, which runs from the village area to Hermit's Rest) is a private commercial enterprise on private Hualapai tribal lands at the south side/west end of the canyon. This is where the "Skywalk" glass bottom building has been built. Information is at http://www.destinationgrandcanyon.com. Grand Canyon West is about 250 miles by road from the South Rim in GCNP. Be aware that there are entry fees to this area and other charges for attractions. Roads are not fully paved into the area; the last 15 miles to the attraction is a rough dirt road not suitable for rental vehicles (most rental car companies prohibit using their vehicles on unpaved and/or unmaintained roads). GCW has some lodging; you would need to contact them to determine what is available
- Supai Village is located on private Havasupai tribal lands and is the home of the famous Havasu Falls. Complete information, direction, options to travel down the canyon can be seen at http://www.havasupaitribe.com (unofficial site but accurate). The only available lodging is a lodge in the Native American village of Supai; will need to call ahead at 1-928-448-2111 or 1-928-448-2201 to make a reservation. A campground is available near the falls by reservation. This area can only be reached by hiking in 8 miles from the canyon rim where there is a large parking lot at Hualapai Hilltop, horseback or helicopter; see the tribe website above for details. The area is also very remote from the Grand Canyon South Rim area being 190 miles by road from the South Rim. "Back country" roads which may be seen on some maps between the two areas are not suitable for travel and are not maintained. There are no tours to Havasupai lands or the falls, though there are groups which sponsor hiking in a group. Permits and entry fees are required to be on Havasupai lands; see their website for details.
- Bar10 Ranch, a private dude ranch, is outside of the park boundaries on the north side of the west end of the canyon. It is completely isolated from GCNP facilities. Information available at http://www.bar10.com