Where to Stay in Grand Canyon National Park
Every lodge in Grand Canyon has the rustic feel you’d expect in a place like this. Many are historic, including the imposing El Tovar Hotel, which is older than the park itself. Then there’s Bright Angel Lodge, with its stacked-stone fireplace that matches the arrangement of the rock layers in the canyon itself. Even if you don’t stay here I would advise you to stop in each of the lodges, walk around, and even grab an ice cream or glass of wine. Most lodges have scenic views out their back doors. All of the below properties have the advantage of being served by the park’s free shuttle bus system.
El Tovar Hotel
Considered the “crown jewel of the Grand Canyon hotels,” El Tovar features 78 rooms fashioned after European hunting lodges. Just a few steps from the Grand Canyon rim.
Bright Angel Lodge
Bright Angel Lodge’s 87 rooms and cabins are scattered around a central lodge building. From a purely practical perspective, its location near the Bright Angel trailhead also makes it a great place for hikers who want to get an early start. Some of its rooms are bargains. Plus it’s a registered national historic landmark and also a few steps from the rim.
The location of the 49-room Kachina Lodge on the paved Rim Trail, makes it an ideal place to stay when you want to be close to the walking trails. It sits between El Tovar and Bright Angel Lodges and also has beatufil views from the rim. Up-to-date design and a number of view rooms make Kachina Lodge on the top choices for Grand Canyon lodging.
The 55-room Thunderbird Lodge also dates back to the park’s late-sixties building boom, but don’t let that fool you. In addition to its central location on the Grand Canyon’s Rim Trail, the Thunderbird offers the modern ambiance and creature comforts you’d expect at any upscale hotel.
If you can’t bear to leave your pet at home, check out the pet-friendly 358-room Yavapai Lodge. As the largest hotel in the park, Yavapai also sets itself apart with its relatively affordable rates.
Open year-round. Offers tent and RV camping in shady campsites one mile from the rim of the Canyon.There are flush toilets and drinking water pumps throughout the campground. There is a free dump station but no hookups available
Desert View Campground
50 campsites. No hook-ups, First Come/ First Served. Campground fills by 1-2 pm each day. The restrooms have flushing toilets and sinks (with no hot water). No showers available.