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Where to stay in Grand Canyon – Best hotels and campgrounds

Finding where to stay in the Grand Canyon is a real nightmare if you don’t book well in advance. Being one of the 7 wonders of the world, more than 5 million people visit this spectacular place every year.

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When we planned our West Coast 10-day road trip, we decided to try one of the Grand Canyon Campgrounds, so we had to book 3 months in advance.

In case you prefer to stay in one of the hotels in the Grand Canyon, you need to book even before, since most of the hotels sold out quickly.

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But don’t worry – On the outskirts of this National Park there are many accommodations in the Grand Canyon at very low prices. So if you haven’t booked in advance, we will tell you where to sleep in the Grand Canyon.

In this article you will find :

If you haven’t read it yet, here we leave you our guide to visiting the Grand Canyon.

Hotels inside Grand Canyon National Park

There are not many hotels in the Grand Canyon. They are not bad but there is not much variety. If you want to stay inside the Grand Canyon National Park, we recommend you book well in advance (at least 6 months). But if you are late, I advise you to go directly to the following options.

In case you are planning well in advance, in this section we will tell you a little about where to stay in the Grand Canyon and later in the article we will talk about the campsites within the park.

Grand Canyon Village, the best place to stay in the Grand Canyon

Everyone usually wants to stay at the Grand Canyon South Rim as it is the most popular area. In particular, Grand Canyon Village is the best place to stay in the Grand Canyon because it has the most impressive viewpoints and the best hiking trails. Although it is open throughout the year, it is impossible to stay in it without booking accommodation in the Grand Canyon many months in advance (10 months approx.)

grand canyon lodging - best hotels and campgrounds

There, the prices of accommodation in the Grand Canyon are quite high, so there are those who prefer to look directly for accommodation near the Grand Canyon to save some money. If you still prefer to stay inside the park, reservations are made through Delaware North and Xanterra Parks & Resorts websites.

Hotels in Grand Canyon South Rim

These are the hotels in the Grand Canyon South Rim:

Phantom Ranch, sleeping at the bottom of the Grand Canyon

Phantom Ranch is located at the bottom of the Grand Canyon and is a favorite for hikers. However, the only way to reach it is by walking. The trail is 8 miles down, but remember that the next day you will have to walk another 8 miles up. It is certainly not a recommended option for anyone.

Phantom Ranch stay at the bottom of the Grand Canyon

If you are looking for a place to stay in the Grand Canyon and you travel in summer, think about it very well, since you can suffer from heat stroke due to the high temperatures. Also, keep in mind that reservations are made 15 months in advance and if you don’t want to carry food with you, you will need to book the meals as well. This is only an option for those who plan the trip well in advance.

North Rim, another option to stay in the Grand Canyon

If you are visiting Grand Canyon North Rim, there is a single hotel there, the Grand Canyon Lodge,  managed by the Forever Resorts company.

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This complex only opens during the time that the North Rim is not cut by snow, that is, from May to October. If you want to stay in it, and enjoy its breathtaking views, try to book six months before.

Tusayan, the best option to stay in Grand Canyon (6 miles from South Rim)

If you are not planning your trip many months in advance and you are having trouble getting available hotels to sleep in the Grand Canyon, Tusayan is the first place to start looking. For me, it is undoubtedly the best option to stay in the Grand Canyon, for many reasons that we will discuss now.

It is true that here you will not find cheap hotels in the Grand Canyon, but you will be only 10 minutes by car from the park entrance. This area also has a wide variety of restaurants that tend to have lower prices than within the park and sometimes you can get good deals to stay in the Grand Canyon.

If you find an available room in one of the following hotels, don’t think twice:

In Tusayan, there is the airport from where you can take a Grand Canyon helicoper tour; without any doubt, that is the best way to photograph and enjoy this wonder of nature.

Williams, cheap accommodation in Grand Canyon (62 miles from South Rim)

If instead of looking for luxuries you prefer the cheapest hotels in the Grand Canyon or an affordable accommodation in the Grand Canyon, in this town you can get one. In addition, Route 66 pass through here, so it can be your base camp to make a small detour to the Grand Canyon.

Although it is 1 hour from the visitor center, it is a good option to stay in the Grand Canyon because it is on the way to Las Vegas and with a month in advance you can still find available rooms. These are the best accommodations in Williams:

If you visit Sin City, here we talk about where to stay in Las Vegas so you can enjoy some of its amazing themed hotels.

Grand Canyon West Rim, best accommodations

However, if instead of going to Las Vegas you come from there, staying in West Rim is a good option to sleep in the Grand Canyon because it is closer than the previous ones.

This place is not considered part of the National Park as this area is managed by the Hualapai Indians. In addition to offering accommodation in the Grand Canyon, it has beautiful landscapes and is the best option if you are in Las Vegas with little time and don’t want to miss a quick visit to the Grand Canyon.

It is 2 and a half hours from Las Vegas, which makes many tourists come to see the Skywalk Grand Canyon West or even to fly over the Grand Canyon.

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If you are going to spend a night in this area, I suggest the following accommodations:

Tuba City, Grand Canyon East Rim accommodation 

If after visiting Monument Valley or Page, you go to the Grand Canyon South Rim and you want to rest near the entrance, Tuba City is a good alternative to sleep in the Grand Canyon. 

This is a small town that is inhabited by the Navajo Indians and has different attractions. Being a small area, it only has two hotels with little availability, so we recommend you book in advance:

Don’t forget to visit Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend if you come from the northeast.

Kanab, hotels in the Grand Canyon North Rim

In case you visit the North Rim, Kanab is another option to stay in the Grand Canyon. This area is ideal as it is close to many interesting places – right in the center of the cross that form Zion National Park, Page, Bryce Canyon and the Grand Canyon North Rim and therefore, a strategic point for any West Coast trip.

It is also a good option if you are looking for cheap accommodation in the Grand Canyon. These are the best hotels in Kanab:

Campgrounds in the Grand Canyon

Camping in the Grand Canyon is an excellent option to experience the American outdoors culture. As we mentioned at the beginning of this article, we booked well in advance.

There are 4 official campsites within the Grand Canyon National Park: 1 in the North Rim and 3 in the South Rim. In all of them, you must bring your own camping gear. In addition, there is a glamping for those who want to camp but don’t have the necessary equipment. This is the Arizona Luxury Expeditions that I recommend you book if you have never camped before and  want to try in the best place you could imagine, in the Grand Canyon Village.

Next, we will talk a little more about the official campsites.

Mather Campground

This was my accommodation in the Grand Canyon and the experience was amazing.

Located in the South Rim, it is one of the most popular camps. Here is the reason why it is neccesary to book 6 months in advance. However, we managed to book thanks to a cancellation two months before.

It opens from March to November and have sites for both tents and caravans.

In addition, they have laundry facilities, bathrooms and showers, as well as picnic tables and fire pits. The prices are quite cheap, they are between $18 and $50 a night. If you want to be close to everything and in touch with nature, it is a good place to stay in the Grand Canyon.

North Rim Campground 

This is one of the most popular campsites in the Grand Canyon, so reservations are necessary long before the trip.

Located on the North Rim, their rates are cheaper and allow a maximum of two cars per site with a price between $18 and $25 per night.

The camp opens from May to November (in winter it is covered by snow).

Trailer Village

Known for being a RV park, it is located in South Rim and is one of the best places to stay in the Grand Canyon if you travel by motorhome.

Although it is advisable to book, with a little luck you can find an available site on the same day. However, I recommend not to risk in summer.

Desert View Campground

Finally, Desert View Campground is the best option if you arrive at the Grand Canyon through the east entrance (Desert View). It is also a good option for those who don’t like to book because it is first-in first-serve. This option is suitable for both tents and RVs. Keep in mind that the campsite is only open during the summer months and its price is approximately $12.

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And this is all you need to know about lodging in the Grand Canyon. We hope that after reading our article you can tell which is the best place to stay in the Grand Canyon for you. We know it is a bit difficult to choose, but once you book your accommodation in the Grand Canyon, you only have to enjoy the adventure.

Have a nice trip!

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