Grand Canyon South Rim Accomodation

Grand Canyon – South Rim


The big decision here is whether to stay in one of the Park Lodges or nearby. The Park Lodges are run by Xanterra and can be booked via their website. It is important to note that only some of the accommodation is situated on the rim of the canyon. The benefit of being to stroll to the edge of the canyon after dark to enjoy the spectacular night sky is not to be underestimated.

On the Rim

Accommodation on the rim is clustered together with only a short walk between locations. There is limited parking in dedicated parking lots but you may find that you have to drive to find an on street parking place, at least initially. There are usually some to be found in the vicinity of the railroad depot.

The best place to stay is the El Tovar Hotel which was built in 1905 and was originally run by the Fred Hervey company. This is explored in more detail here


Bright Angel lodge – Another historic location. Accommodation is either in the main lodge building or in rustic cabins clustered close to the rim. There is a restaurant and bar here.

Kachina and Thuderbird Lodges – These are modern 2 storey blocks situated close to El Tovar and Bright Angel. Neither have eating or drinking facilities but the facilities in Tovar and Bright Angel are available for use.

Away from the Rim

Although set back from the rim these lodges are situated in the Grand Canyon Village area and are within reasonable walking distance of the Rim. The National Park shuttle bus service can also be used.

Maswik Lodge – Situated in the pine forest to the West of the main village. Accomodation is in two story blocks and is of basic motel standard. There is a cafeteria style restaurant on site and a pizza pub.

Yavapai Lodge – Situated to the East of the main village. This is close to the park headquarters and visitor centre. Mather viewpoint is also within walking distance. A cafeteria style restaurant is on site.