Grand Canyon Lodge
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Bright Angel Point
Grand Canyon North Rim, Arizona
Grand Canyon Lodge is the only lodging facility on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. The classic main lodge building was completed in 1937 to replace an earlier lodge on the same site that burned down in 1932. It was designed by Gilbert Stanley Underwood, who served as architect for the(+) More
Grand Canyon Lodge is the only lodging facility on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. The classic main lodge building was completed in 1937 to replace an earlier lodge on the same site that burned down in 1932. It was designed by Gilbert Stanley Underwood, who served as architect for the Ahwahnee in Yosemite National Park and the lodge in Bryce Canyon National Park. This main structure houses the lodge's registration desk, lobby, sunroom, auditorium, and dining room.
Most the 218 guestrooms at the North Rim are scattered throughout over 100 rustic cabins, while 40 rooms are in two motel units. All guest accommodations are separate from, but within walking distance of the main lodge. Three types of cabins are available, with the largest and nicest being 56 Western Cabins, a few of which offer canyon views. These are very desirable and generally difficult to reserve. In fact, the lodge is full most of the abbreviated season (mid-May to mid-October; closed winter), so it is important to book early if you intend to visit the North Rim. Nearby Bryce Canyon National Park and Zion National Park, both of which offer lodging facilities, should be included in any visit to the North Rim.
Many experienced travelers who visit both sides of the Grand Canyon prefer the isolated North Rim to the more hectic South Rim (which offers more lodging and dining options, but also welcomes many more visitors). The dining room at Grand Canyon Lodge is outstanding, with high ceilings and large windows that provide guests with excellent canyon views. An adjacent sunroom and outside veranda each provide chairs for relaxing while enjoying one of America's most spectacular landscapes. On several mornings we have risen early, fixed some coffee, and walked to the veranda to watch the sunrise. Life doesn't get any better.(-) Close
Expert Review of Grand Canyon Lodge
Active and Adventure Review of Grand Canyon Lodge
- An easy trail leads out to the very end of Bright Angel Point and the best views. It's just half a mile roundtrip. As you walk along, Roaring Springs Canyon is on your left, and Transept Canyon is on your right. Below the point these canyons merge with Bright Angel Canyon, which follows nearly a straight line to the bottom of the Grand Canyon.
- Mule rides follow a loop on the rim or head part way down the spectacular North Kaibab Trail; the rides desk is in the lobby.
- Several trails follow the rim near Bright Angel Point, but the best scenery lies below and the North Kaibab Trail will take you there. A strenuous all-day hike follows the North Kaibab Trail down to the well-named Roaring Springs and back, a ten-mile roundtrip with a climb out of 3,055 feet.
Parks and Outdoors Review of Grand Canyon Lodge
Romance Review of Grand Canyon Lodge
- Only four of the cabins are specifically designated as "rim view" units, while another 28 are along the rim with "wooded" views. Reserve these options well in advance.
- The Deli in the Pines opens at 7 a.m. daily to provide breakfast burritos, sandwiches, and salads, perfect for a custom lunch on the trails.
- A narrow path from the lodge's eastern terrace leads down to the Moon Room. Dating to the original construction, this romantic flagstone lookout has been used by couples for proposals and stolen moments since the 1930s.