Yavapai Lodge

3 out of 5 stars3 Stars

1 Main St, South Rim, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, 86023, United States

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    Biggest Lodge in the Park


    We decided to go to Grand Canyon on a labor day weekend within the same week, on that Wednesday actually. I called every lodges in the park and none had a vacancy. Until I called Yavapai of course, not knowing that labor day weekend is the busiest weekend in Grand Canyon.

    Yavapai turns out to be the biggest lodge in the park! Yavapai East has 198 rooms and Yavapai West has 160 rooms. We stayed in the east area where the rooms have in-room air condition and refrigerator. The rooms are pretty modern with all the amenities you can ask for in Grand Canyon. A lot of services are within a few steps as well. The Market Plaza is practically next door to the lodge. General store, bank, U.S. Post Office and the Canyon Cafe are ready to service your needs. The Visitor Center is less than 1/2 mile away. There's also a coin operated laundry within 1/2 mile from the lodge.

    Very convenient for a lot of families to stay in this lodge. The edge of the rim is pretty close by. Shuttles can take you to places. Since the forest surrounds the lodge, you can see wildlife in action if you're lucky enough. We ran into a couple of elks while we were there. They're huge!

    With all the facilities and amenities the lodge has to offer, I recommend this lodge. Although it is more pricey than the other lodges. We had a very comfortable stay here in Yavapai. Don't forget to wake up early enough to catch the sunrise. And then grab a bite for breakfast at the Canyon Cafe. A great way to start your day in Grand Canyon!

    Unique Quality: Free wireless internet is available in the Canyon Cafe. When we were there, every employees that we met was from outside of the country! They were on a seasonal job. Met with people from all over the world. I thought that was neat!

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    Pretty good bog standard accomadation. Don't expect any luxuries this is as good as a regular chain hotel. Reserve way, way in advance because all the park accomadation get booked up well in advance. You get walk to the rim or take the bus. There's a cafferteria, gift shop, post office, supermarket.....pretty much anything you need is right here.

  • Grand Canyon, South Rim


    My second stay at Yavapai Lodge. Location is less congested than the other lodges around the train station,packed with tour buses and cars.
    Yavapai Lodge is a short drive /walking distance to view sunrise. Ample parking. A big plus is walking distance to the general store to purchase water,snacks, food. Also post office on site. Food at Yavapai Lodge is barely decent and expensive. If you have a car, it's worth to drive 1 mi outside the Grand Canyon for breakfast. Dinner at Bright Angel Lodge is reasonably priced. Trout was fresh and delicious. Must try their Apple Grunt or Chocolate Suicide cake.
    The Lodge is spartan but very clean. Hairdryer, coffee maker w/ free coffee/ refrig in the room. No internet but there's a pay one in the lobby.
    Need to book super early.

    Unique Quality: Since lodge is away from the cluster of other lodges/hotels, you see more deers coming out to feed at the end of the day. Cayotes too.

    Lodges/store/restaurant employees are visitors on working visa or within USA on seasonal contract. We met folks from Germany, Thailand, Japan, State of Washington etc.

    Directions: 4.5 hours from Phoenix.

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    Additional Tips


    I have no pictures of this lodge, but there are additional tips by madamx under the Grand Canyon and also under Arizona Hotels and by coast2coast under the North America Page

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    As Close to the Rim as You Can Get !


    Not knowing what our itineray would be like, we had not made any arrangements to go to the Grand Canyon during our Arizona visit. However, once we had landed in Phoenix and realized that it was only about 1 PM, we decided to strike out for the north. The hotel that we were booked into in Phoenix let us cancel our first night's reservation and they gave us the phone number of the Grand Canyon National Park so we could book ourselves a room in their Lodge at Yavapai. US$113 later we were on our way north for the 4-hour drive. The lodge itself is made up of a number of long double storey buildings, nothing fancy but very comfortable. There is a cafeteria as well or you can seek out restaurants or motel dining rooms in some of the nearby private establishments.

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    Maswik and other South Rim Lodges


    Grand Canyon village operates several hotels in the National Park. The Maswik is located several miles west of the entrance and is not adjacent to the rim of the Canyon. But its affordable (relatively speaking)

    Unique Quality: Other lodges at the South Rim:
    El Tovar Hotel
    Bright Angel Lodge
    Kachina Lodge
    Thunderbird Lodge
    Yavapai Lodge
    rates vary from about $80 to $220 per night

    Directions: Follow signs to Grand Canyon Village

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Great time at Yavapai Lodge

by A TripAdvisor Member

Stayed two nights at Yavapai Lodge (East) and enjoyed it very much. Room was clean, quiet and comfortable with king size bed and air conditioning. Nice decor, pleasant view of trees out our window. Ate elsewhere, but had breakfast once in Yavapai's cafeteria and it was good, just expensive, but that's not unusual. This lodge is very conveniently located in the park, as the shuttle bus stopped in front of our building, and the market and post office are practically right next to the Lodge. It is a great strategic location for the shuttles, both Hermit's Rest and the Kaibab Trail Routes (don't miss Yaki Point on the K. T. Route!) We would definitely stay at Yavapai again, as the rate was decent, the service was good and the location was great.

Yavapai Lodge

by madamx

The Yavapai Lodge is located about .8 km from the rim of the Grand Canyon, and is ideally situated away from the rim crowds, near the marketplace, and has bus service in front of the lodge's main building plus the rooms (they are a small distance away from the main building, about a 5 minute walk).

The rooms are housed in several depressing-looking 70's era buildings. However, the rooms have been recently renovated, and have nice mission-style furniture, plus the temperature is electronically controlled. What I found strange, though, was they tried to make do with doing minimal renovations -- for example, the room sink had brand new fixtures, but the sink was the worn-looking original, plus the light switches were yellowed and old. The bed was very comfy, but the pillows could have done double-duty as pancakes. The bathroom has not heat, but you can turn on warm air via an ancient-looking timing dial and it comes out of a ceiling vent. We found the staff very pleasant and helpful, plus the fridge in the room was extremely handy. The cafeteria serves pretty decent -- albeit-- cafeteria food, but we thought it was okay and ate most of our meals there.

This was our first time to the Grand Canyon and were very impressed with how everything was organized to move people through efficiently. The bus service was excellent, and you do not need a car at all to get around the rim, unless going east on Desert View Drive.

Overall, we were very happy with the Yavapai Lodge, and would return, as we got very good value for our money. We were suprised at the reasonable rates, considering the place is at the Grand Canyon.

There's lots. It was a great...

by coast2coast

There's lots. It was a great thrill to stay in Grand Canyon. We stayed at Yavapai east Lodge.

Inn at Grand Glaze,Lake of the Ozarks . What a view ! Good facs in both. Prices ok .


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Sedona Trip

by pkmbc


We are planning a mid-October trip to Arizona-2 adults, 2 kids (16 and 14). We will fly into Phoenix at 5:30pm and drive straight to Sedona (staying at Real Inn). My plan is to have Sedona be our "home base" for the next four days and take day trips to Grand Canyon, Flagstaff, etc. Is it realistic to try to see Grand Canyon in one day or should I plan to stay there for the night? I would rather not have to change hotels, but I also don't want to spend most of the day trip driving? Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

RE: Sedona Trip

by madamx

You could see the Grand Canyon in a day, but it would be a pretty long day. You won't be driving all day, as the best way to see all the viewpoints is by bus service. It is really efficient, and for more info, please check out my Grand Canyon page. Driving time to the Grand Canyon is about 2 hours via highway 89 past Cameron to the East entrance (much more scenic/interesting than via Williams)

It would be best to stay overnight, as then you can take your time, see all the sites along the way (such as Sunset Crater and Wupatki) and take in the sunrise or sunset as well, totally worth it. Perhaps you could fit it into near the end of your stay, to avoid switching hotels midweek. Accomodation is fairly reasonable, we stayed at the Yavapai Lodge. Not right on the rim, but away from all the crowds.

RE: RE: Sedona Trip

by madamx

Sorry, the distance is more like 3 hours.

RE: RE: Sedona Trip

by pkmbc

Thanks for the reponse, madamx. Your Sedona travel page has some great info. I am really looking forward to this trip.

RE: RE: Sedona Trip

by madamx

Thanks, you will have a great time!

RE: Sedona Trip

by brotherleelove

You can do it as a daytrip. It's less than 100 miles between the two. Leave early in the morning, take your time, enjoy the Canyon!!

RE: Sedona Trip

by kop-queen

I agree with Madamx, much better to stay a night in the park and take in as much as possible. We only had 1 night but could have happily stayed for another and the lodge we stayed in was only an easy 5 minute walk to the rim. Our sunset experience was let down by weather conditions and we could have missed our sunrise as well!



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Address: 1 Main St, South Rim, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, 86023, United States