Each year, more than five million people flock to Grand Canyon National Park. One of the seven natural wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon is 277 miles long, an average of 10 miles wide, and a mile deep. Gazing across its vastness, perfect layers of red, orange, purple, and pink reveal millions of years of geological history. A landmark that truly lives up to its name, the Grand Canyon is an essential inclusion in any Southwest National Parks Road Trip Itinerary.

This guide is meant to serve as the only resource you’ll need when planning your stay in Grand Canyon National Park. It includes every Grand Canyon lodging option above the rim, as well as top-rated accommodation on the park border. We’ve even included an interactive map that makes it easy to visualize where different areas are in relation to others and answered some common FAQs.

Here are the best lodging options in one of America’s most loved national parks.

Ultimate Grand Canyon Lodging Guide

A view of the Colorado River cutting through the Grand Canyon

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Where Is The Grand Canyon?

View of Grand Canyon from Indian Garden

The Grand Canyon is located in northwestern Arizona near the Utah border. Most choose to visit the South Rim, which is 60 minutes north of Williams and 90 minutes north of Flagstaff via Hwy 64. The South Rim can also be reached via train or bus, with regular service from Williams and Flagstaff.

Alternatively, the North Rim of the Grand Canyon is 30 miles south of Jacob Lake via Hwy 67. It’s 124 miles from Page, 270 miles from Las Vegas, and 392 miles from Salt Lake City.

North Rim vs South Rim?

View over the Grand Canyon

If it’s your first time visiting the Grand Canyon, you may not know that the park is made up of two sides – the South Rim and the North Rim. As the crow flies, the rims are just 10 miles apart. However, to drive from one side to the other one needs to circumvent the canyon and the journey is a whopping 215 miles (or about 5 hours). As such, unless you’re planning on hiking rim-to-rim, most opt to visit just one side of the park.

The South Rim receives the most visitors. Open year-round, you’ll find a variety of Grand Canyon lodging and activities on the South Rim, as well as numerous shops, curios, and restaurants. There are hikes catering to all ages and skill levels, and much of The Rim Trail is wheelchair accessible. If you’re planning a day hike into the canyon, the South Rim is a great place to do it, as Bright Angel Trail has numerous rest houses with toilets and water points.

Alternatively, the North Rim sees only 10% of all Grand Canyon visitors. Located at 8,000 feet, it closes during winter and is only accessible between mid-May and mid-October. Shadier and more forested, the North Rim has lovely summer weather and feels more quiet and relaxed. With only one lodge and one campground, accommodation is limited and trails are less developed and accessible. Still, many people prefer the North Rim for this very reason.

If time permits, we recommend visiting both rims, as they offer completely different experiences.

Best time to visit the grand canyon

View over the Grand Canyon in winter.

Most agree that the best time to visit the Grand Canyon is in May and June or September and October when the weather is most moderate.

Temperatures are highest in July and August, but given that both rims sit at elevation, the heat is by no means unbearable. However, during summer, temperatures at the bottom of the canyon can exceed 120°F (or 49°C), so if you plan on hiking or backpacking, July and August may not be ideal. The summer season is also prone to unexpected thunderstorms.

Winter is a lovely time to visit the South Rim, as the canyon is blanketed in snow. If you’ve never witnessed snow in the desert – it’s a magical sight to behold. You’ll also encounter the least crowds during winter but can expect that certain amenities and activities may be closed.

If you’re planning to see the North Rim, you’ll have to time your visit between mid-May and mid-October, given that the North Rim closes for the winter season.

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This guide is what we consider to be the most comprehensive Grand Canyon lodging resource on the internet. Lodging options are categorized by area. If you’re planning to visit the South Rim, focus on accommodation on the rim or in nearby Tusayan or Grand Canyon Junction. If you’re heading to the North Rim, snag a spot at Grand Canyon North Rim Lodge or North Rim Campground. Alternatively, stay in the bordering Kaibab National Forest.

Grand Canyon South Rim Lodging

Grand Canyon South Rim Lodges, Hotels, and Cabins Inside the Park

El Tovar Hotel

Rated 4.0 out of 5 on Tripadvisor

This iconic property first opened its doors in 1905 and has since been dubbed a national historic monument. Set right on the south rim of the Grand Canyon a short walk from Bright Angel Trailhead, El Tovar is the park’s signature property and has hosted guests ranging from Theodore Roosevelt to Albert Einstein and Oprah Winfrey. The lodge is open year-round and includes a restaurant, lounge, and gift shop. If you’re hoping to stay at El Tovar, plan as far in advance as possible – the hotel tends to book out months in advance during peak season.

Rates average $325 per night. Book Direct | Compare rates on Tripadvisor

Fine Print: No minimum stay requirement. Free cancellation up to 2 days before check-in. Pets are not allowed, but boarding kennels are available. Complimentary self-parking is available.

Bright Angel Lodge and Cabins

Rated 4.0 out of 5 on Tripadvisor

Bright Angel Lodge was built in 1935 to provide guests with a more moderate lodging option than neighboring El Tovar. Comprised of standard rooms with shared bathrooms, standard rooms with private bathrooms, and private stand-alone cabins, Bright Angel Lodge is steps from Bright Angel Trailhead and includes 2 restaurants (a steakhouse and a burger joint), a coffee house, a gift shop, and western-style saloon. As you might guess, the lodge is extremely popular and reservations are competitive during high season, especially for units with private bathrooms.

Rates average $131 per night. Book Direct | Compare rates on Tripadvisor

Fine Print: No minimum stay requirement. Free cancellation up to 2 days before check-in. Pets are not allowed, but boarding kennels are available. Complimentary self-parking is available.

Thunderbird Lodge

Rated 4.0 out of 5 on Tripadvisor

From the outside, Thunderbird Lodge looks like the ugly duckling of Grand Canyon lodging, but its interior proves you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover! If you’re unable to get a reservation at El Tovar or Bright Angel Lodge, this property is a great alternative in a superb location. Set along the Rim Trail within walking distance of Bright Angel Trailhead, many of the rooms include partial canyon views and all rooms feature private bathrooms, TVs, and coffeemakers.

Rates average $274 per night. Book Direct | Compare rates on Tripadvisor

Fine Print: No minimum stay requirement. Free cancellation up to 2 days before check-in. Pets are not allowed, but boarding kennels are available. Complimentary self-parking is available.

Kachina Lodge

Rated 4.0 out of 5 on Tripadvisor

Similar to Thunderbird Lodge, Kachina Lodge looks like a 1960’s office block, but its interior more than makes up for its rough exterior. Set directly on the rim, the lodge is within walking distance of Verkamp’s Visitor Center, Kolb Studio, and Bright Angel Trailhead. All rooms include one king or two queen beds and a private bathroom, mini-fridge, coffeemaker, and TV.

Rates average $274 per night. Book Direct | Compare rates on Tripadvisor

Fine Print: No minimum stay requirement. Free cancellation up to 2 days before check-in. Pets are not allowed, but boarding kennels are available. Complimentary self-parking is available.

Maswik Lodge

Rated 3.5 out of 5 on Tripadvisor

If you’re wanting to be close to all major sights and attractions, but still be able to escape the hustle and bustle of the south rim’s historic district, Maswik is a great Grand Canyon lodging option. Originally constructed by Fred Harvey Company and Santa Fe Railroad in 1927, the property is set in a forested area of Ponderosa pines just 0.25 miles from the south rim. The lodge features 280 rooms and a food court, pizza pub, and gift shop. All rooms include a mini-fridge, coffeemaker, and A/C.

Rates average $284 per night. Book Direct | Compare rates on Tripadvisor

Fine Print: No minimum stay requirement. Free cancellation up to 2 days before check-in. Pets are not allowed, but boarding kennels are available. Complimentary self-parking is available.

Yavapai Lodge

Rated 3.5 out of 5 on Tripadvisor

Pet owners rejoice! Yavapai Lodge is the only formal Grand Canyon lodging option that’s pet friendly. Located near Mather Campground steps from a market, bank, and post office, the lodge features a restaurant, coffee shop, and tavern. The south rim is a short 1 mile walk away, but the trail leading to it is scenic and shady. Alternatively, you can drive or take the complimentary shuttle. All rooms at Yavapai Lodge are equipped with a private bathroom, mini-fridge, coffeemaker, TV, and A/C.

Rates average $244 per night. Book Direct | Compare rates on Tripadvisor

Fine Print: No minimum stay requirement. Free cancellation up to 2 days before check-in. Pet friendly at an additional fee. Complimentary self-parking is available near your room.

Grand Canyon South Rim Campgrounds

South Rim Campgrounds and Glamping Inside the National Park

Trees and campsites in Mather Campground, Grand Canyon South Rim

Mather Campground (Tent & RV)

#1 Traveler-Ranked Grand Canyon Campground Above the Rim

The largest and most central campground on the south rim, Mather Campground is located 1 mile from the rim near Yavapai Lodge. Campground facilities include a camp store, laundromat, shared toilets, and coin-operated hot showers, and there’s a market, bank, and post office nearby. Each campsite comes with a fire ring, cooking grate, and picnic table, and there are plenty of shaded sites to choose from. For those in search of solitude, Pine Loop has been designated a tent-only area where generators are not allowed.

Reservations: Between March and November, most sites are reservable aside from 10 walk-in sites. Reservations operate on a 6-month rolling basis (i.e. on March 1st bookings are available through September 1st). Between December and February, camping is first-come, first-served.

Rates: $18+ per site per night. Make a reservation now.

Download: Mather Campground Map

Sign with turn off to Trailer Village RV Park in Grand Canyon National Park

Trailer Village RV Park (Full HookUps)

Rated 4.0 out of 5 on Tripadvisor

Traveling with an RV or trailer? Trailer Village RV Park is where it’s at. The only campground with hookups in Grand Canyon National Park, Trailer Village offers paved pull-through sites that are suited to vehicles up to 50 feet long. The South Rim is a short 1-mile walk via the Greenway Trail, or guests can opt to take the free shuttle. Pets are welcome but must be leashed when outside.

As you can imagine, Trailer Village is exceptionally popular and reservations are competitive. If visiting during peak season, it’s recommended that you book up to a year in advance.

Rates average $70 per night. Check availability and book.

Fine Print: Free cancellation up to 2 days before check-in. Pet friendly. Open year-round.

Download: Trailer Village RV Park Map

Open canvas glamping text with bed and nightstand inside. Arizona Luxury Expeditions Grand Canyon Glamping.

Grand Canyon Luxury Glamping

Rated 5 out of 5 on Tripadvisor

If you’re after the adventure of a lifetime, look no further than Arizona Luxury Expeditions. Seriously – just check out the reviews. Specializing in authentic Arizona glamping experiences facilitated by professional guides, rates are all-inclusive and include a spacious tent, gourmet meals, and excursions tailored to your personal interests. The guides are excellent at choosing the top locations, times, and trails to avoid the crowds the South Rim is known for.

Rates start at $1150 per tent per night. Book direct on Tripadvisor.

Fine Print: All-inclusive. 2-night minimum stay. Family-friendly. Pets are not allowed.

Campsite with tent, picnic table and fire ring at Desert View Campground, Grand Canyon South Rim

Desert View Campground (Tent & RV)

Rated 4.5 out of 5 on Tripadvisor

Located far from the buzz of the South Rim’s historic district, Desert View Campground is set near the east entrance of the park about 26 miles from Grand Canyon Village. While it may be a bit of a drive to reach the park’s major attractions, this campground offers a much quieter experience and is located near Desert View Watchtower, Desert View Point, and Tusayan Museum and Ruin. There’s also a market, gas station, and trading post nearby.

Reservations: Required for all 49 sites between mid-April and mid-October. Closed the remainder of the year for the winter season. Reservations can be made up to six months in advance.

Rates: $18 per site per night. Make a reservation now.

Download: Desert View Campground Map

South Rim Lodging Outside the Park

Lodging Near the South Rim Entrance in Tusayan and Grand Canyon Junction

Best Western Grand Canyon Squire Inn

Rated 8.3 out of 10 on Booking.com

Situated just outside the park 7 miles from the South Rim, Best Western Grand Canyon Squire Inn is the perfect option for families traveling with children. The hotel features 2 on-site restaurants, a pool, indoor and outdoor hot tubs, a billiards lounge, a bowling alley, and an arcade. If that’s not enough, there are plenty more dining options within walking distance and the hotel is more than happy to assist with Grand Canyon tours and excursions.

Rates average $319 per night.

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Fine Print: No minimum stay requirement. Most reservations allow free cancellation up to 2 days before check-in. Pets are not allowed. Complimentary self-parking.

Holiday Inn Express Grand Canyon

Rated 8.2 out of 10 on Booking.com

Highly rated by guests, Holiday Inn Express Grand Canyon is set just a mile from the entrance of the park and 6 miles from Grand Canyon Village. Featuring a restaurant (with a complimentary breakfast buffet), heated indoor pool and hot tub, and free high-speed WiFi, it’s perfect for those in search of guaranteed value. Given that cribs are available on request free of charge, it’s also a great option for those traveling with young children.

Rates average $319 per night.

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Fine Print: No minimum stay requirement. Most reservations allow free cancellation up to 3 days before check-in. Pets are not allowed. Complimentary self-parking.

The Grand Hotel at the Grand Canyon

Rated 8.3 out of 10 on Booking.com

The only 3-diamond property near the Grand Canyon, this chalet-style hotel is located just 7 miles from Grand Canyon Village and features a restaurant, saloon, heated indoor pool and hot tub, fitness center, and gift shop. Rooms come standard with a microwave, bar fridge, and high-speed WiFi, and the hotel is available to assist guests with Grand Canyon tours departing from the hotel daily.

Rates average $340 per night.

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Fine Print: No minimum stay requirement. Most reservations allow free cancellation up to 3 days before check-in. Pets are not allowed. Complimentary self-parking.

Under Canvas Grand Canyon

Rated 8.9 out of 10 on Booking.com

Open between mid-April and late October, Under Canvas Grand Canyon has been recognized as one of the top 15 resorts in the U.S. southwest by Condé Nast and is situated just 25 minutes from the park entrance. Each luxury glamping tent comes with a king bed or 2 twins, a private bathroom, an outdoor deck, and a wood-burning stove. There are even family units available with separate adjacent “kid tents”. Certain tents include stargazing windows, and the property features on-site dining, nightly fires with s’mores, and a host of complementary activities.

Rates average $354 per night.

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Fine Print: No minimum night stay. Most reservations are non-refundable, but check policy across different booking sites. Pet friendly at an additional fee.

Clear Sky Resorts Grand Canyon

Rated 9.3 out of 10 on Booking.com

Looking for a way to launch yourself to superhero status with your kids? Or just wanting to relish the inner kid in yourself? Look no further. Clear Sky Luxury Sky Domes bring imagination to life in a way we’ve never seen before. Each skydome is uniquely styled according to a different theme, with ‘British Secret Agent’, ’80s Video Games’ and ‘Space Galaxy’ being just a few. On-site dining is available for breakfast and dinner, and the property is set just 20 minutes from the park entrance.

Rates average $370 per night.

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Fine Print: No minimum night stay. Free cancellation up to 30 days before check-in. Pets not allowed.

Grand Canyon North Rim Lodging

Grand Canyon North Rim Lodges, Cabins, and Campgrounds Inside the Park

Grand Canyon North Rim Lodge

Rated 4.0 out of 5 on Trip Advisor

Set on the edge of the North Rim with expansive canyon views and a dining room that rivals the Ahwahnee’s, Grand Canyon North Rim Lodge is everything a national park lodge should be. Open seasonally between mid-May and mid-October, the property features motel rooms and traditional wood cabin rentals, and is the only formal lodging option inside the park on the North Rim. Reservations open a year in advance and it’s recommended to book as early as possible.

Insider Tip: If you’re lucky enough to snag a booking, make an advance reservation for dinner in the Dining Room around sunset. It’s bound to be a highlight of your trip.

Rates start at $153 per night. Book Direct | Compare rates on Tripadvisor

Fine Print: No minimum stay requirement. Free cancellation up to 72 hours before check-in. Pets are not allowed. Complimentary self-parking is available.

Shaded campsite at Grand Canyon North Rim Campground with tent, picnic table and fire ring.

North Rim Campground (Tent & RV)

Rated 4.5 out of 5 on Tripadvisor

The only North Rim campground inside the park, North Rim Campground sits at 8,200 feet and is set about one mile from the Visitor Center. Open seasonally between mid-May and mid-October, there may still be snow on the ground in May and possibly again in October. Campers should arrive prepared for all weather conditions. During winter, North Rim Campground can only be accessed by hikers with backcountry permits or those skiing or snowshoeing the 45 miles from Jacobs Lake.

Campground facilities include a seasonal camp store, dump station, and flush toilets. Coin-operated showers and laundry facilities can be found between North Rim Service Station and North Rim General Store, though these facilities were closed in 2020 and 2021 due to Covid-19.

Reservations: Required for all 87 sites between mid-May and October. Closed the remainder of the year for the winter season. Reservations operate on a 6-month rolling basis.

Rates: $18+ per site per night. Make a reservation now.

Download: North Rim Campground

North Rim Lodging Outside the Park

Lodging Near the North Rim Entrance in Kaibab National Forest and Jacob Lake

Kaibab Lodge

Rated 3.0 out of 5 on Tripadvisor

Located 5 miles from the North Rim entrance to Grand Canyon National Park, Kaibab Lodge is a great option for those unable to secure a booking at Grand Canyon North Rim Lodge. The property is comprised of numerous rustic cabins sleeping 2 to 8 with the main lodge featuring a restaurant, lounge, fireplace, and gift shop. The lodge is open seasonally between mid-May and October and is set in the heart of Kaibab National Forest on the edge of a large meadow.

Rates average $129 per night. Book Direct

Fine Print: No minimum night stay. Partially refundable cancellation up to 7 days before check-in. Pet friendly at an additional fee.

Jacob Lake Inn

Rated 3.5 out of 5 on Tripadvisor

Jacob Lake Inn first opened its doors in 1926 and has been serving as a gateway to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon since its inception. The property aspires to be an “inn” in the traditional sense of the word – offering guests a home away from home during their travels. Comprised of hotel rooms, motel rooms, and historic cabins, the inn has a restaurant, lunch counter, gift shop, and service station. Even if you don’t stay overnight, it’s worth a stop to grab a drink and stretch your legs.

Rates average $130 per night. Book Direct

Fine Print: No minimum stay requirement. Free cancellation up to 48 hours before check-in less a $10 service fee. Pet friendly at an additional fee.

Campsite at Kaibab Camper Village with fire ring, camping chairs and a picnic table with trailers in the background.

Kaibab Camper Village (Full Hookups)

Rated 3.5 out of 5 on Tripadvisor

Open seasonally between mid-May and mid-October, Kaibab Camper Village is the only campground near the north rim with full hook-ups. With sites accommodating RVs and trailers of over 40 feet, the Village is located in Kaibab National Forest near Jacob Lake (about 45 miles from the North Rim). Amenities include a camp store, toilets, and coin-operated showers. Campers can choose between pull-through sites, back-in sites, dry sites (no hookups), and tent-only sites.

Tent sites start at $20 per night; RV sites start at $40 per night. Book Direct

Fine Print: No minimum night stay. Cancellations forfeit the cost of the first night’s stay. Pet friendly.

Download: Kaibab Camper Village Map

Campsite at De Motte Campground with picnic table and fire ring near Grand Canyon North Rim entrance

De Motte Campground (Tent & RV)

Rated 4.5 out of 5 on Recreation.gov

Located just 7 miles from the north entrance to Grand Canyon National Park, De Motte Campground is comprised of 38 sites and is typically open between mid-May and mid-October. Facilities include vault toilets and drinking water, and all sites come with a picnic table, fire pit, and grid. Pets are welcome but must be kept on a leash at all times.

Reservations: Half of the sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and the other half are available by reservation between May and October. Closed the remainder of the year for the winter season. Reservations operate on a 6-month rolling basis.

Rates: $24 per site per night. Make a reservation now.

Campsite with picnic table and fire ring at Jacob Lake Campground in Kaibab National Forest near the Grand Canyon's North Rim

Jacob Lake Campground (Tent & RV)

Rated 4.5 out of 5 on Recreation.gov

Set amongst ponderosa pines indigenous to Kaibab National Forest, Jacob Lake Campground is located less than a mile from Jacob Lake Inn and about 45 miles from the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Facilities include vault toilets, drinking water, and a day-use picnic area, and all sites come with a picnic table and fire ring. Campers can access additional amenities at nearby Jacob Lake Inn, including a restaurant, gift shop, and service station. Pets are welcome, but must be leashed.

Reservations: 11 sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis and the remaining 40 are reservable between mid-May and October. Closed the remainder of the year for the winter season. Reservations operate on a 6-month rolling basis.

Rates: $24+ per site per night. Make a reservation now.

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