There are so many exciting things to do in Grand Canyon, and with an extremely huge area to cover, just visiting the Grand Canyon National Park for only 1 or two days won’t be enough. But when visiting the Grand Canyon for multiple days, you would have to consider where you are going to stay.
Many visitors choose to go camping in the Grand Canyon to feel really close to the nature, but there are also many other who prefer to have more comfort by staying in hotels or resorts.
When choosing places to stay near Grand Canyon, the main consideration is obviously the area where you will be spending most of your time enjoying Grand Canyon tourist attractions. The Grand Canyon National Park is a huge destination that has three main areas: South Rim, West Rim and North Rim. Each of these areas has its own uniqueness and each has various accommodations available for its visitors.
This is the most popular area in the Grand Canyon that’s accessible all year round, thus receives most visitors. That’s also why you can find more Grand Canyon hotels around the South Rim than in the other two areas. However, even though there are many options for accommodations in the South Rim, you need to make a reservation far before your vacation, in some places you even need to make a reservation a year in advance, especially for hotels and resorts within the rim.
There are many great camping grounds in the South Rim, however if you don’t really like camping but still want to feel really close to the nature, then there are so many great lodges and cabins available, like El Tovar, Maswik Lodge, Yavapai Lodge, Thunderbird Lodge, Kachina Lodge, Bright Angel Lodge, Phantom Ranch, and many others.
If you cannot get a reservation in one of the hotels within the South Rim, then there are many other alternatives in nearby areas. The nearest town would be Tusayan, which is about 6 miles away from the entrance of the canyon. In Tusayan you will find many nice hotels and resorts, however if you want to gain better access to explore more areas and Grand Canyon attractions, then it’s better if you stay in Sedona, Flagstaff or Williams. These are other areas close to the South Rim that could be a better starting point for you to explore the great southwest.
Recently, the West Rim of the Grand Canyon is gaining more and more popularity due to the Grand Canyon Skywalk built in this area that provides a fantastic viewpoint of the canyon. Within the West Rim and areas just outside the rim, you can find some great accommodations, like the Hualapai Ranch & Cabins and the Grand Canyon Ranch Resort in Meadview. However, there are not so many options for lodging. That’s why most visitors of the West Rim usually choose to stay in nearby areas, like Lake Havasu, Laughlin, Kingman and Las Vegas. All these areas offer so many options for hotels and resorts.
The most popular place to stay for West Rims’s visitors is the Hualapai Lodge, which provides a great starting point for the Grand Canyon rafting trip, jeep tour and Havasupai hiking adventure. However, the location itself is actually about 3 hours away from the West Rim in Peach Springs.
This is the most remote area of the Grand Canyon, but with its remarkable natural features and various great attractions, it still gets so many visitors every year. Unfortunately it still has limited options for lodging and services, also the area is only open in summer, making it quite difficult to book the available lodges and cabins within the North Rim area.
The main attraction of the North Rim is the Kaibab Plateau, which offers a fantastic view. This is also the place where the most popular lodge in the area is situated, called the Kaibab Lodge. The lodge is located about 5 miles outside of the park providing its guests with the magnificent view of the plateau.
Not far from the plateau in the beautiful Jacob Lake about 44 miles from the rim, you can find the Jacob Lake Inn. Here, you can also find some nice RV camp sites and many campgrounds. However, there is only one campground located inside the park, while the others are located just beyond.
The rates for the accommodation in the West Rim area ranges averagely from $124-$173 per night, so it’s quite affordable for everyone. You can even get a better price if you stay at least two nights.