The Lodge was built in the grand old park style. The main lodge itself does not have rooms. The rooms are in detached cabins in the forest around the lodge. The restaurant is here and the ranger talks, and sign ups for mule rides. But best of all are the patios and lobby with spacious views of the canyon.
If you can't get a room here, then the next closest is outside the park boundaries, and the next best is Jacob's Lake 45 miles away.
I have never stayed here, but felt it needed to be included.
This is not a large campground. Finding a spot now requires a months ahead reservation. Thankfully it is easy enough to do online. There used to be camping cabins, but they have fallen into disrepair. There is a nice campstore and showers. There are specified tent sites, and RV pullthroughs as well. Everyone seems to get along pretty well, since the sites are spacious and fairly private. There are campfire pits and tables. Sometimes there are fire restrictions and fires are not allowed. Since you drive through the results of a huge fire in order to get to the North Rim that restriction is understandable.
There are several sites that are listed as rim views. I would not consider these prime spots as the views are interupted by trees, and the Transept Trailhead is inbetween two of these sites, so there is constant traffic.
There is a nice amphitheater where a ranger gives fireside chats. We have found them more geared to the children than are the talks at the lodge. It is nice not to have to go to the lodge to hear a ranger talk. We heard one about the geologic layers and another about the animals. From the campground you can walk along the Transept trail. There are nice views of the Transept canyon and an ancient pueblo site along the mile and a half long trail to the Lodge.
There are around 500 units through Xanterra at the north rim of the Grand Canyon.
Book it early! I got stuck in Xanterra's "motel" consisting of 20 units. One of the problems was the toilet area was too small. I could barely sit down and I'm not that big. Also, you are a bit further away from the lodge, rim and eating area.
For only $5.00 to $15.00 more a night, you can get a nice cabin with a front sitting area or porch.
My stay on this trip was limited to a beer sipped on the deck overlooking Natural Magnificence. Next trip it will be a little more extensive!
The hub of activity on the North Rim centers here. This is the place to stay on the North Rim. The lobby and restaurant offer up huge views into the Canyon. There are two wonderful sundecks where you can simply sit back and take it all in. Better yet, get a rim side cabin and sit out in a wooden rocker on your own porch with beverage of choice in hand.
There is only one hotel at te North Rim of the Grand Canyon itself and ... as to be expected, most of the time fully booked. If you want to stay in this really beautiful place, book well in avance a room or - even better - a cabin! A campground for motorhomes and hikers is completing this side of the great gap. Jacob Lake (at the Northern entrance of the park) and Fredonia offer some additional motel and hotelrooms.
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