Grand Canyon Lodging Overview

No matter if your perfect canyon vacation involves a luxury resort with championship golf or a rustic bed and breakfast; a wealth of resorts, hotels, motels and inns make it easy to find Grand Canyon lodging to suit every traveller’s needs.

North rim lodging Vs south rim?

The first question you will have ask is if you want to base yourself on the North or South rim. Head to the South rim and you can expect all the year round facilities that you could dream of. Head North for wildlife and wilderness.

Rating assignments

When searching for appropriate Grand Canyon lodging, it helps to consider and compare the AAA ratings. The American Automobile Association provides standards on accommodation across the country by measuring and rating every location on cleanliness, service and facilities available. A one star assignment means accommodation is the bare minimum while five stars equal supreme luxury.

Finding lodging in the National Park can be difficult around certain times of the year when tourism picks up and the area fills with visitors. The summer months bustle from June to September and traffic picks up again around the holidays. Be sure to reserve all accommodation, packages and tours well in advance.

Travel agents are a good resource for finding accommodation and online travel Web sites can be great for comparing prices. Keep your eyes open for discount rates in the ‘off season,’ these are typically the winter months when the North Rim is closed and the canyon receives snowfall.

Categories of accommodation

A number of towns and cities within easy driving distance as well as in park accommodation provide visitors with all types of Grand Canyon lodging:

Resorts are popular in the American West. Almost all include health spas, impeccable golf courses and celebrated dining rooms. The best place to look find resorts is around the cities of Phoenix, Scottsdale, Sedona and Tucson. The Arizona Trails Reservation Service arranges accommodation in everything from modern resorts to guest inns.

Chain lodging prevails in the towns around the Grand Canyon and is available with any major national brand. Chain lodging provides affordable and comfortable, though not particularly unique, accommodation. Contact your preferred brand of accommodation for location and reservations.

Inns and Bed Breakfasts are located in restored historical towns and provide an intimate setting for any Grand Canyon trip. Most are established in restored buildings and Victorian homes; inns are usually larger and more modern while bed and breakfasts are smaller and cozier. The Arizona Association of Bed Breakfast Inns approves and lists over 60 different member inns on their Web site at
www.arizona bed breakfast.comwww.arizona bed breakfast.com.

Ranches are available for anyone who wants to focus on a more active vacation; guests participate in horseback riding, cattle round ups and other ‘typical’ Western activities. Ranches are scattered through Arizona and make great family lodging. The Arizona Dude Ranch Association offers reservations at a number of member ranches than range from small and remote to large and modern. Visit www.azdra.comwww.azdra.com for information on finding and booking accommodation at a ranch.

Campgrounds are located in and out of Grand Canyon National Park and offer basic facilities for tent and RV camping. Visit the National Forest Service at www.reserveusa.comwww.reserveusa.com to find campgrounds and cabins across the U.S.