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Published on October 2nd, 2012 | by AZHG

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Where to Stay at Grand Canyon Arizona

Arizona Home and Garden visits the Grand Canyon and provides overnight travel recommendations.

The trick to seeing the Grand Canyon is to make a reservation months in advance at one of the hotels inside the National Park. A fun option is to spend one night at the Cameron Trading Post and another night at one of the hotels inside the Park. If you start planning in mid-February for a visit in mid-May, you will be lucky to get a hotel room at the Grand Canyon.  Some hotels located on the rim of the Grand Canyon get booked a year or two in advance.

Lodging for your Stay at Grand Canyon

Cameron Trading Post
This is a delightful place.  If you are entering or exiting the Grand Canyon from the Lake Powell or Northern New Mexico areas, spend one night at the Cameron Trading Post located on the edge of the Little Colorado River Gorge just 30 minutes from the East entrance to the Grand Canyon. The native stone architecture is charming and the rooms at the Cameron Trading Post are about the best deal in the area — specious, clean, with beautifully tiled bathrooms and many have kitchenettes.  You must try their fry bread — the best you’ll find anywhere in their huge restaurant lined with Navajo rugs and beautiful showcases of native artwork. Shop for Native American jewelry, rugs, and art at their gallery and gift store. The prices are reasonable, and the views — including an old suspension bridge over the gorge — are incredible.

The Cameron Trading Post gardens are lovely, fine examples of xeriscape gardening. Here, you will see the best picks of drought-tolerant, low water plants suitable for Southwestern landscapes.

Rest, picnic, wander the gardens, gallery, and gift shop at the Cameron Trading Post — this is a popular, international spot. 54 Miles North of Flagstaff on Hwy. 89. Call 1-800-338-7385 for reservations. Google Map

From Cameron, enter the Grand Canyon at the East Entrance Station and stop at the Desert View for a spectacular overlook of the Grand Canyon and Colorado River.  Park and walk to a wonderful stone watchtower designed by architect Mary Colter.  Browse the gift shop inside for many beautiful native crafts, books, and curios.  Drive towards the Grand Canyon Visitor Center at the South Entrance and take the time to stop at each point for a unique, special view.  Head towards Mather Point, located at the Grand Canyon Visitor Center.  From the Bright Angel Trailhead, the walk to Hermits Rest offers an incredible, expansive view of the Grand Canyon. Wear comfortable shoes, hat, and sunscreen during spring/summer as this area can get very hot.

Grand Canyon Hotels

Book a hotel at the Grand Canyon for your second night. All hotels at the Grand Canyon are handled by Xanterra Parks & Resorts. The most spectacular lodges right on the Grand Canyon rim are El Tovar and Bright Angel. A Registered National Historic Landmark, El Tovar features a fine dining room  that is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, a concierge, and room service. Bright Angel Lodge has a family-style restaurant, which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Plan to make reservations a year in advance for these lodges.

Less expensive and located 1/2 mile from the rim is  Yavapai Lodge with basic accommodations and a cafeteria-style dining room.  The Lodge is located next to the Market Plaza, which includes a general store, bank, and U.S. Post Office.  If you plan to spend most of your day walking along the rim of the Grand Canyon and driving to scenic overlooks, the Yavapai Lodge might suit your needs, and is less expensive than the hotels on the Grand Canyon rim.

The South Rim is open all year, but temperatures vary at this 7,000 ft. elevation.  Be prepared for cold weather from mid-September through April.  It is too hot to hike from 10am to 4pm during the summer. Be very careful during these times. Check temperatures ahead of time, and learn how to plan your visit so that your are protected from the sun and dehydration.

The North Rim is closed from mid-October to Mid-May.  The North Rim is 215 miles by road from the South Rim, even though they are only 10 miles apart.

Camping

Mather Campground in the Grand Canyon Village is open all year.

NEVER TRY TO HIKE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE GRAND CANYON

It is an illusion that you can hike to the bottom of the Grand Canyon in a few hours.  Never attempt this hike without advance preparation.  Around 250 people are rescued every year at the Grand Canyon and there have been many tragic deaths.  Extreme temperatures, altitude changes and lack of water or shelter contribute to fatalities.  Several people have collapsed, died of exposure, fallen, and died of dehydration while hiking into the Grand Canyon.  Do not venture off of established trails.  Do not ever attempt to hike in the Grand Canon without professional preparation, guide and proper gear. Visit the National Park Service Guided Hikes site.

For information, call 928-638-7888 or visit www.nps.gov/grca

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