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Bright Angel or Yavapai

Bay Area, California
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Bright Angel or Yavapai

This would be our first trip to the Grand Canyon, and would prefer to stay inside the park. In checking availablities for our time frame we are given 2 options, either Bright Angel Lodge & Cabins or Yavapai Lodge. Which is prefered? If Bright Angel...cabin or lodge? If Yavapai...east or west?

Greatly appreciate your suggestions.

Cheshire UK
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1. Re: Bright Angel or Yavapai

If you can get Bright Angel, book it asap.

I would probably say go for the cabins, but someone else might disagree and say stay in the lodge. Bright Angel is on the rim, next to El Tovar - great location.

Yavapai East is also very nice, but it is about a ten minute walk to the rim, in a different part of the park. Standard lodge type rooms - clean and comfortable. We stayed at Yavapai East for 2 nights in May and would definitely go back. Everywhere else inside the park was full when we booked.

Check out the TA user reviews for Bright Angel to see if they give you any more insight into whether to chose lodge or cabin rooms, but, I can't stress enough - book it before they fill up.

If you go for lodge rooms at either Yavapai or Bright Angel, ask for upper floor rooms - a little tip I picked up from TA for our trip - on the upper floor you won't get disturbed by noise from rooms above you (cos there aren't any!) :)

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2. Re: Bright Angel or Yavapai

The lodge rooms at Bright Angel are somewhat similar to the cabins. The lodge rooms are one story and adjoining in blocks, somewhat like the motor courts of old. They are simple and comfortable, with no frills. They don't have TVs, and some share a bathroom down the walkway. Cabins are separated from each other, although there are a couple that butt up against each other and all of them are in very close proximity to each other. Most of them only have one bed and no room for a rollaway.

You may or may not get a room with a Canyon view. They will not guarantee it. Also, because of the close proximity to the Rim, you will have quite a bit of foot traffic around you. In the summer, when you have your windows open to let in the cool air (there is no air conditioning in the cabins) you will have some noise.

Yavapai is set away from the Rim, and has one- and two- story buildings. They too are simple, comfortable and probably a bit quieter than BA, although you might get a church group or other youth group at Yavapai because they have a lot of rooms.

When making reservations, think about how much time you're actually going to spend in your room. Probably not much. Get what you can as soon as you can. You won't be disappointed in any of them.