Looking for a place to stay on your trip to the Grand Canyon? Choose from several "gateway" towns and cities offering hotels closest to Grand Canyon National Park to suit the needs of every kind of traveler. The South Rim of the Grand Canyon is best reached through Tusayan, Williams, Flagstaff, while the West Rim — where the popular Grand Canyon Skywalk is located — is most accessible from Las Vegas and Kingman. The North Rim is the place to visit if you're a true hiking enthusiast and you'll enter through Jacob Lake.
Each gateway town offers a different Grand Canyon experience. From backcountry camping in the North Rim to Four Diamond resorts in Sedona, GrandCanyon.net can help you find the right Grand Canyon accommodation for you.
Grand Canyon lodges and RV and tent camping spots inside Grand Canyon National Park usually require reservations a year in advance. If you're fortunate enough to be doing some long-range planning, you'll want to contact Xanterra National Park Lodges to make your reservations for El Tovar Hotel, Bright Angel Lodge, Kachina, Thunderbird, Yavapai or Maswik Lodges, Phantom Ranch or Trailer Village. For campground sites at Mather Campground, located in Grand Canyon Village, contact the National Recreation Reservation Service at www.recreation.gov.
If you are unable to or do not wish to stay inside the National Park, check out the village of Tusayan, located just 2 miles from the South (Main) Entrance Gate to the South Rim. In Tusayan, you'll find a mix of brand-name and locally-owned hotels and motels, ranging from motel-style accommodations to updated hotel guest rooms. Because of its close proximity to Grand Canyon Village, Tusayan hotels tend to fill up rather early in the season, so make your best effort to plan in advance if you want to stay within a stone's throw of the South Rim.
Williams is located 60 miles south of the Grand Canyon's South Rim and is the home to the famous Grand Canyon Railway. Williams offers limited Grand Canyon hotels and lodging options, which tend to book steadily through the peak season at the South Rim (spring through fall.) Camping is also a popular option for Grand Canyon visitors from May through September as Williams is surrounded by Kaibab National Forest with plenty of opportunities to stay out-of-doors in a commercial campground or at a site within the Williams Ranger District of the National Forest.
Grand Canyon West, home of the Grand Canyon Skywalk, is in a dramatically remote part of northwestern Arizona. Hualapai Ranch and Cabins (on site, 2 miles from entrance) and the Grand Canyon Ranch Resort (14 miles from the entrance in Meadview) are the only lodging options close to Grand Canyon West, so many visitors wisely opt to stay in Kingman, just 73 miles from the entrance to Grand Canyon West.
Kingman is the ingress to northwestern Arizona, the central resting stop for travelers journeying east-west along Interstate 40, which spans from Barstow, CA through Kingman and across Arizona. Kingman also sits at the junction of I-40 with I-93 to Las Vegas, so visitors won't be surprised to find familiar budget-friendly hotel chains, motel-style accommodations and a general "highway truck stop" atmosphere focused primarily on convenience and value. Sightseers and Kingman daytrippers won't want to miss Hoover Dam or London Bridge, each just 60 minutes from Kingman by car.
The West Rim and Grand Canyon Skywalk are most accessible from Las Vegas; that means the hotel and resort opportunities in Las Vegas are as vast as the Grand Canyon itself. From Las Vegas hotels to resorts on The Strip, visiting the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas is truly and experience unlike any other. Many people enjoy taking a Grand Canyon helicopter tour from The Strip or rent a car and leave one of the most spectacular man-made sights for the day and travel and see one of nature's. Unlike Grand Canyon hotel and lodging on the North and South Rims, Las Vegas typically has plenty of rooms available even up until the last minute.
The North Rim of the Grand Canyon is known for being more remote with more intimate accomodations like the singular resort-style hotel, the historic Grand Canyon Lodge, or the limited amount of small motels that pop up near the surrounding area. You'll find one such accommodation at the Kaibab Lodge, just outside the North Rim entrance, and the Jacob Lake Inn in its namesake village about 44 miles north of the Rim. Most people who explore the North Rim get Backcountry Passes and camp out during the warmer summer months. Like the South Rim, staying close to the North Rim takes advance planning. Because of limited availability and a short summer season, the Lodge and inns typically sell out 12 months ahead.
Because accommodations at the North Rim are in short supply and high demand, many visitors have better luck booking their overnight lodging within the Grand Circle, a wide swath that encompasses northern Arizona and southern Utah. Look for hotels in cities within about 150 miles, such as Page, AZ; St. George, UT; Kanab, UT; and Hurricane, UT. Doing so allows visitors the bonus of being within short driving distance of both Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park.
Flagstaff offers a tremendous value for your hotel dollar because of it's greater supply of hotel rooms and attractive city amenities. Flagstaff has a small mountain town feel with all the comforts and conveniences of a developed city. Home to Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff also benefits from a vibrant college culture, which includes great coffee shops, lively night life and several outdoor activities. Being about 80 miles away or about a 90-minute drive from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, Flagstaff is one of the popular gateways because of its close proximity to the Grand Canyon as well as its range of hotel and lodging options. From quaint bed and breakfasts to familiar hotel brands, Flagstaff offers Grand Canyon hotels and lodging to fit every budget.
Laughlin hotels are a great choice for West Rim accommodations because this riverside city on the Arizona/Nevada state line is only 2 hours from Grand Canyon West and it offers similar gaming and entertainment to Las Vegas at a fraction of the hotel rates. Visitors won't be surprised to find hotel rates as low as $30 per night, inexpensive dining and entertainment, plus spectacular views of the Colorado River on which you cannot put a price.
True budget travelers will want to opt for a campground over a hotel. In an RV or a tent, camping near the North Rim is the most affordable way to spend the night. Choose the North Rim Campground inside the Park, or DeMotte Campground or Jacob Lake Campground just outside in the Kaibab National Forest. Campsites range in amenities and service, and are priced from $6 – $50 per night based on the site and the season.
Hotel and cabin accommodations at the North Rim are pretty limited, and with high demand come higher hotel rates. So if you're traveling to the North Rim on a budget, your best bet for affordable lodging is Kanab, Utah. Kanab is just 89 miles from the North Rim and offers several locally-owned and brand-name hotels, motels and inns that are competitively priced, even in the busy summer months. Plus, it's just a hop, skip and a jump to visit Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park, making Kanab an ideal home base for budget-minded travelers interested in hiking and backpacking.
Sedona is known internationally to be one of the most beautiful and unique resort destinations in the world. Its vibrant red rocks and captivating energy attract outdoor enthusiasts, energy healers and resort aficionados alike. If you're looking for something other than a cookie-cutter hotel, Sedona is where you'll find the greatest number of stand-out choices. Sedona is located about 115 miles or 2 ½ hours from the Grand Canyon's South Rim and is a beautiful drive through Oak Creek Canyon on Highway 89. Oak Creek Canyon offers creekside camping, inns and cabins, while Sedona itself has a wide range of one-of-a-kind bed and breakfasts, hotels, resort and spas, as well as vacation home rentals. Sedona certainly offers the most lodging options for an upscale Grand Canyon experience, and although its not the closest town to the Grand Canyon, it's well worth a visit in its own right.
For practically every glittering light on the famous Las Vegas Strip, there's a different kind of accommodation. Each of the casino hotel resorts along Las Vegas Boulevard offers a signature theme, style and list of amenities, and there are even more options available off the Strip in Summerlin, Henderson, Lake Las Vegas and Downtown. When you're looking for a unique lodging experience, you're sure to find something you've never seen before in Las Vegas.
The North Rim of the Grand Canyon is known for being more remote with more intimate accommodations like the singular Grand Canyon Lodge, an historic National Park hotel and cabins that sits right on the precipice of the Canyon wall. A stay at the North Rim Lodge is unlike any other; it's a walk back in time, and offers unmatched views from its rim-side deck. To make your reservation, plan at least 12 months in advance and contact Forever Resorts.