Tips to Avoid the Crowds at Grand Canyon Hotels and Lodges
Posted by ardalae
at June 22nd
When you take a trip to the Grand Canyon, you want to be able to take in all the beauty and wonder of nature–without the distraction of bustling crowds, crying children and terrible traffic. Finding a hotel or a lodge that isn’t stuffed to the brim with tourists can be a challenge, especially during the busiest months of the year. But don’t despair: here are a few simple tips for avoiding the crowds at hotels near the Grand Canyon.
1. Plan Your Trip for the Off-Season
The majority of tourists head to the Grand Canyon during the summer months, but if your schedule allows, visiting during the early spring or late fall will help you dodge the crowds. The South Rim is open year-round, but you will find far fewer tourists when school is in session. In general, it’s also better to visit the canyon during the week if possible, as more people tend to show up on the weekends.
2. Book a Hotel Farther from the Rim
Unless you have your heart set on staying in a lodge within the Grand Canyon National Park itself, staying a bit farther away may be more practical. Not only will it be easier to find a room in the less crowded hotels outside the park, many of these hotels are much less expensive than the Rimside lodges. In general, the farther away from the park you are willing to stay, the fewer tourists you can expect. Tusayan, Cameron, and Williams are all less than two hours from the park. Flagstaff is slightly farther away but provides a more urban setting, with more options for dining and entertainment.
3. Stay on the North Rim
The South Rim is the more popular side of the Grand Canyon, but the North Rim is just as breathtaking and hosts fewer tourists, even in peak season. There is only one lodge located within the park itself on the north side of the canyon, but more hotels near the Grand Canyon are available in the Kaibab National Forest and scattered along Route 89A. Keep in mind, however, that while the South Rim is open year rounds, the North Rim is only open from the middle of May to the middle of October.