Lodging and Camping inside Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon Lodge Terrace. Photo by NPS

Grand Canyon Lodge Terrace. Photo by NPS

To have the ultimate Grand Canyon vacation experience spend at least one night inside the national park at one of seven lodges/hotels on the South or North Rim, or one at the bottom of the canyon.

South Rim Lodging

If you want to spend your nights on the South Rim inside Grand Canyon National Park, choose from six different lodging experiences, including the historic El Tovar Hotel, Bright Angel Lodge & Cabins, Kachina Lodge, Thunderbird Lodge, Maswik Lodge or Yavapai Lodge. Each one offers different services and experiences, but the same reservation rule applies to all. Book your room months in advance. Reservations open 13 months in advance and for some places, rooms can sell out in the first month of booking.

Opened in 1905 on the rim of the Grand Canyon,  El Tovar is the oldest lodge on the South Rim and has hosted ordinary tourists and some of the country’s most famous people like President Teddy Roosevelt, Albert Einstein and President Bill Clinton. The Yavapai Lodge, on the other hand, was built in the 1950s and is tucked a short distance from the rim in a peaceful pine forest. It allows pets in some of its rooms.

North Rim Lodging

On the North Rim, find the luxurious Grand Canyon Lodge with a grand patio overlooking the Rim.

Canyon Lodging at Phantom Ranch

For a unique experience, hike down to the Grand Canyon’s bottom and stay at the Phantom Ranch.

Camping Inside Grand Canyon National Park

Beyond backcountry campsites, there are established campgrounds at the South Rim, the North Rim and down in the canyon. At the North Rim, camp at the North Rim Campground. Down inside the canyon, stay at Indian Gardens. And at the popular South Rim, you have the choice of Mather Campground, Desert View Campground, and the Trailer Village RV Park. Can’t decide? See our visual guide, Where Should I Camp on the South Rim?

Backcountry Information Center. Photo by Whit Richardson

Backcountry Camping in the Grand Canyon

Backcountry permits are required for all overnight backcountry camping in Grand Canyon National Park. Read More...

Phantom Ranch Cabins at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. NPS photo by Michael Quinn

Canyon Bottom | Phantom Ranch

Comfortable oasis nestled tucked beside Bright Angel Creek on the north side of the Colorado River. The only lodging below the Grand Canyon Rim. Read More...

Indian Garden and Three-mile Resthouse from Bright Angel Trail. n

Guided Grand Canyon Hiking Tours with OARS

The Rim to River hiking adventure takes you into one of the deepest parts of the Grand Canyon with an overnight stay at historic Phantom Ranch. Read More...

Grand Canyon Lodge on the North Rim. Photo courtesy of Travel Forever

North Rim | Grand Canyon Lodge

Grand Canyon Lodge-North Rim is located in Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona at Bright Angel Point. The only lodging on the North Rim. Read More...

Camping in the Grand Canyon

North Rim | The North Rim Campground

Camping in the park on the North Rim is restricted to established campgrounds. Campsites fill up fast; make reservations as far in advance as you can. Read More...

Bright Angel Lodge in the Grand Canyon. NPS photo by Micheal Quinn.

South Rim | Bright Angel Lodge & Cabins

A National Historic Landmark. Designed by famed architect Mary Jane Colter. Just a few feet from the Canyon rim, it’s the check-in point for mule rides. Read More...

Desert View Campground. NPS Photo

South Rim | Desert View Campground

Campsites are on a first come – first served – self-registration basis. No reservations are accepted for campsites for the Desert View Campground at anytime. Read More...

Grand Canyon El Tovar Hotel Overlook. Photo by Whit Richardson

South Rim | El Tovar Hotel

The premier lodging facility at the Grand Canyon. The Hotel has hosted such luminaries as Theodore Roosevelt, Albert Einstein, and Western author Zane Grey. Read More...

Kachina Lodge. Courtesy photo

South Rim | Kachina Lodge

Kachina is a contemporary lodge located on the Canyon rim. Half of the rooms at the Kachina Lodge have partial canyon views. Read More...

Maswik Lodge. Courtesy photo

South Rim | Maswik Lodge

Spread over several acres of Ponderosa Pine forest, with cafeteria, sports bar with a wide screen TV, curio shop, and a transportation/activities desk. Read More...

Mather Campground in Grand Canyon National Park

South Rim | Mather Campground

Open year-round. Operated by the National Park Service and located in Grand Canyon Village, this campground offers tent and RV camping. Read More...

Thunderbird Lodge. Courtesy photo

South Rim | Thunderbird Lodge

Thunderbird is a contemporary lodge. Located on the Canyon rim, half of the rooms at the Thunderbird Lodges have partial canyon views. Read More...

Grand Canyon Trailer Village at the South Rim. NPS Photo by Michael Quinn

South Rim | Trailer Village RV Park

Trailer Village RV Park is the only in-park RV park with full hookups and it’s incredibly close to the Grand Canyon’s South Rim. Read More...

Yavapai Lodge Restaurant. Courtesy photo

South Rim | Yavapai Lodge

Yavapai Lodge is the Grand Canyon’s largest facility inside the park. It is surrounded by Pinyon and Juniper woodlands, about 1/2 mile from the South Rim. Read More...