- By Kevin
- On May 24, 2017
- North America
- Travel Tips
For reservations and information about the Grand Canyon National Park lodges, please visit Xanterra Parks & Resorts website dedicated to South Rim lodges, and the Forever Resorts website for the North Rim lodge. But if you find you're not one of the lucky ones to get a room on the Rim, be sure to check out our recommendations for lodging in the nearby towns of Tusayan and Williams, Flagstaff and Sedona.
Of the estimated five million visitors who will travel to the Grand Canyon this year, about half plan to stay at one of the Grand Canyon National Park Lodges. With seven lodges and one trailer village within the National Park, one needs to apply advance planning and a little luck to secure such coveted reservations at the Grand Canyon Lodges.
The Grand Canyon Lodge and Cabins is the sole in-park accommodation on the North Rim. Only about ten percent of the Grand Canyon's five million annual visitors go to the North Rim, but lodging at the Grand Canyon Lodge is still in greater demand than supply. Make your reservations early, as much as 13 months in advance, to stay at the historic Grand Canyon Lodge's main motel-style facility or its many cabins.
The Grand Canyon Lodge offers 174 cabins in three different models: Frontier, Western and Pioneer cabins sleep 3, 4 and 5 adults respectively. In addition, 40 motel-style rooms are available. A comfortable, casual accommodation, this National Historic Landmark features timbered ceilings and limestone walls that harmonize with the landscape of the surrounding Kaibab Plateau.
As you can see on our map of the Grand Canyon South Rim lodges, there are five lodges atop the South Rim: Bright Angel Lodge, El Tovar Hotel, Kachina-Thunderbird Lodges, Maswik Lodge and Yavapai Lodge. Also accessible from the South Rim is the immensely popular Phantom Ranch Cabins, the only lodging nestled down in the Inner Canyon. Finally, services and hook-ups for your recreational vehicle (RV) are available at Trailer Village, located atop the South Rim inside Grand Canyon Village.
Bright Angel Lodge is located just steps from the edge of the South Rim; many of its rooms offer spectacular Grand Canyon views. Bright Angel is an ever-popular epicenter for South Rim overnights and daytime activity. With its rustic and historic charm, this early-20th century lodge is the hub for South Rim Grand Canyon mule rides and the check-in point for both the Thunderbird and Kachina lodges. Home to the famed Arizona Room, the Grand Canyon's fine dining destination, Bright Angel Lodge also features a casual restaurant, summertime ice-cream parlor and a tours and activities desk. Bright Angel Lodge is open year-round and can be booked on the Xanterra website.