South Rim Lodging

Following is a list of places to sleep....

El Tovar Hotel
This hotel is located on the rim of the Grand Canyon. It has 78 rooms. It opened it's doors in 1905 but has recently been renovated. Expensive. Make reservations well in advance.

Bright Angel Lodge
Bright Angel, designed in 1935, has a natural, rustic character, and is a Registered National Historic Landmark. It is more rustic than the El Tovar Hotel. It is the check in point for the Mule Rides.

Phantom Ranch
It is nestled at the bottom of the Grand Canyon.It is tucked in beside Bright Angel Creek on the north side of the Colorado River and is the only lodge below the Canyon rim.

The Ranch can only be reached by mule, by foot, or by rafting the Colorado River and is a popular stop-over point for hikers and mule riders traveling to the bottom of the Canyon via the famous Bright Angel or Kaibab trails.

Open year-round.Over night accommodations consists of cabins and a dormitories. Both are heated and have evaporated cooling for the summer months. Dormitories are separate for men and women with separate bunk beds, showers and restrooms.

Cabin accommodations at Phantom Ranch are included with the overnight mule trips, while dormitory-style lodging is available to backpackers.

A National Park Service campground is also located nearby and requires a backcountry permit. A backcountry permit is NOT required for people staying in Phantom Ranch dorms or cabins.

Meals should be reserved at the same time that you make a reservation for the Ranch. Phantom Ranch is extremely popular so reservations should be made a year in advance. The mule trips do include lunch, dinner and breakfast. Hikers must make reservations for eating.

If you have a party of 10 to 20 people ask for group reservations.

Remember that there is a 20 degree difference in temperature between the top and Phantom Ranch.

Katchina Lodge
It is located between El Tovar and Bright Angel Lodge. It is a contemporary lodge. Some of the rooms have canyon views.

Thunderbird Lodge
It is located between El Tovar and Bright Angel Lodge and is comparable to the Katchina. Both of these lodges are within walking distance to Bright Angel and El Tovar.

Maswik Lodge
This lodge is located ¼ mile from the rim. It is in a ponderosa pine forest and is rustic. The north section has TV and phone service. It does have a cafeteria and a sports bar.

Yavapai Lodge
This is the largest facility in the Grand Canyon. It is located ½ mile from the rim. It is surrounded by pinon and ponderosa forests. It has 198 rooms and is located next to the Market Plaza which has a general store, bank and post office. Some of the rooms are not air conditioned.

Trailer Village
Trailer Village, is 1/2 mile from the rim of the Canyon and located inside the National Park. It offers pull-through, paved sites with full hookups for Recreational Vehicles up to 50 feet in length. It has all the hook ups that you find in any campground. Each space has a picnic table and BBQ grill. It is open year round.

Mather Campground
This campground is located in the Grand Canyon Village and is open year round. There are no hook ups. Recommeded that reservations be made at least 6 months in advance. They also have group sites for up to 50 people. Pets are allowed but must be leashed at all times. Laundry and showers are located near the campground for a fee. Reservations are made through the National Recreation Reservation Service by calling 1 877-444-6777 or by visiting their website at

is a little town located a few miles from the Grand Canyon Village. It is close to the Grand Canyon Airport.Listed below are some accommodations in Tusayan....

Red Feather Lodge
This lodge is located 1 mile from the south entrance of the Grand Canyon. It has an outdoor pool, hot tub and fitness center.

Best Western Grand Canyon Squire Inn
Children under 12 stay free. It also offers senior discount packages. It has resort style rooms and a bowling center with 6 lanes. It is 7 miles from the south entrance to the Grand Canyon. Recommended.

Seven Mile Lodge
This is the cheapest option however they don't take reservations. It's a first come first served. They have TVs and has air conditioning. Pay phone in office.

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