South Rim | Maswik Lodge

Spread over several acres of ponderosa pine forest, the Maswik Lodge has a cafeteria, sports bar with a wide-screen TV, curio shop and a transportation/activities desk.
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Maswik Lodge. Courtesy photo

Maswik Lodge. Courtesy photo

Located a quarter of a mile from the edge of the Grand Canyon, Maswik Lodge is nestled in a ponderosa pine forest. In some ways, it's hard to imagine such a large canyon exists so close by when you are standing on the Maswik property and surrounded by towering ponderosas.

History of Maswik Lodge

Built in 1967, this is no historic lodge, but it has a colorful history. It was named after a Hopi Kachina said to guard the Grand Canyon. In 1927, the Fred Harvey Co. built a motor lodge here for the Santa Fe Railroad Co. to accommodate those travelers who were opting to drive rather than ride the train to the Grand Canyon. By 1967, a two-story structure was built to replace more than 100 cabins that had been built or relocated to the property beginning in the 1940s.

Maswik Lodge Rooms

Today, the Maswik Lodge has 250 rooms divided between two different areas. There's Maswik North composed of 12, two-story buildings, and Maswik South made up of six, two-story buildings. What's the difference? Maswik North's rooms offer air conditioning while Maswik South does not. Maswik South's rooms also are slightly smaller, motel-style rooms. 

Due to the pending plan to remove the current Maswik South buildings and replace them with a new lodge complex, Maswik South will close Jan. 1, 2019.  In 2019-20, Maswik South is undergoing a $30 million renovation slated to finish by summer 2020. New amenities will include private balconies, elevators and interior hallway entrances. In addition to the 90 standard rooms, 30 kitchenette units will be available. 

It is the first major lodging improvement to take place in decades at the South Rim. The construction schedule is subject to change but the new construction is expected to take up to two years. Look for updates at grandcanyonlodeges.com. 

For coffee lovers, Maswik North rooms have a Keurig coffee maker. But don't feel guilty about being a bad environmental steward and using the pod to make your coffee. The grounds and the K-Cup are shipped off to a facility that turns the grounds to compost and the cup to energy.

For both Maswik North and Maswik South, there are no elevators in the buildings, so if you are staying on the second floor, you need to have the ability to get up the stairs on your own. There's a main lodge where you will find the registration desk, as well as the Maswik Food Court and Pizza Pub. There's also a gift shop.

To reach the rim of the Grand Canyon, you can easily take a shuttle from the property or you can walk. If the day is going to be warm, be sure to bring your refillable water bottle with you to stay hydrated and beat the hear.

For more information:
Reservations (888) 297-2757 or (303) 297-2757
www.grandcanyonlodges.com

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