- By Kevin
- On May 24, 2017
- North America
- Travel Tips
Where to stay during your trip around the Grand Canyon? I'd like to introduce the hotels nearby South Rim Grand Canyon National Park for you.
El Tovar Hotel
With its signature cupola crowning the roofline, the El Tovar Hotel has delighted Grand Canyon tourists for over a century. Built in 1905 and renovated in 2005, the El Tovar features 78 elegant rooms and suites as well as a fine-dining restaurant, gift shop and full-service activities concierge. This Registered National Historic Landmark is perched on the edge of the Grand Canyon South Rim, with many of its guest rooms offering at least partial Grand Canyon views.
Bright Angel Lodge
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.
Kachina Lodge and Thunderbird Lodge
These two contemporary lodges are located between Bright Angel Lodge and El Tovar Hotel, within a short walk of the neighboring lodges. Situated on the edge of the South Rim, Kachina and Thunderbird Lodges are a perfect choice for families and groups. Half of the rooms at Kachina and Thunderbird have at least partial canyon views. These are the ideal accommodations for visitors who want to wake up to the sights of the Grand Canyon before numbers of other visitors descend upon the park.
Maswik Lodge is a contemporary, motel-style lodge located an easy quarter-mile walk from the Grand Canyon edge. Nestled in the Ponderosa Pine forest, Maswik Lodge features a cafeteria, sports bar, gift shop and tours and activities desk.
Located just east of Grand Canyon Village at the Market Plaza, Yavapai Lodge is comprised of two large facilities called Yavapai West and Yavapai East. Yavapai Lodge is the largest of the Grand Canyon National Park Lodges, with 358 rooms altogether. Atop the South Rim's juniper and pinon pine-covered plateau, Yavapai Lodge is located an easy half-mile walk north-south to the canyon's brink. Also within a half-mile east-west walking distance is the Grand Canyon National Park Visitors Center; the lodge's walkability is good because the Visitors Center is not accessible by car since it was built to be the Park's terminus for a mass-transit system that is not yet in operation. Yavapai Lodge is a good choice for families.
Phantom Ranch Cabins
Located a little over 9 miles down Bright Angel Trail or Kaibab Trail into the Inner Canyon - by mule or on foot - Phantom Ranch is just north of Bright Angel Campground on the north side of the Colorado River. This markedly in-demand destination is made up of just eleven cabins and is a favorite overnight spot for hikers, riverrafters and muleriders alike. Reservations are available year-round at Phantom Ranch and can be made up to 13 months in advance. There is a separate reservation process for Phantom Ranch; reservations must be made through Xanterra Parks and Resorts on their website or by phone. For more in depth information, please see Xanterra's website and check out NBC's Today Show article naming Phantom Ranch one of the nation's top National Park lodges.
If you are traveling by recreational vehicle, or RV, to the Grand Canyon, you too can stay inside the park at the National Park's Trailer Village. Located near Market Plaza and Yavapai Lodge, Trailer Village provides full hookups (electrical, cable, water and sewage) and pull-through, paved sites for vehicles up to 50 feet long. Just a half-mile walk to the Grand Canyon's edge, Trailer Village is well-located to all the sights and conveniences of the park and Market Plaza, and each site features a picnic table and barbecue grill to add to your camping fun.