Verkamp's Curios, Grand Canyon
Since Grand Canyon Village seemed to be a central hub for those enjoying the sights of the Grand Canyon, we expected to have some difficulty finding a parking spot, but we found a space behind Verkamp's Curios. Verkamp's has been in business for over 100 years.
There are a number of gift/souvenir shops throughout the Grand Canyon, but it's hard to pass them by when still needing a special souvenir or two to take back home with you. Verkamp's had a great selection of good quality gifts, such as: silver jewelry, sandpaintings, baskets, woven rugs, fetishes, Katsina dolls and the less expensive souvenirs.
The shop is very convenient to those lodging at El Tovar or Bright Angel Lodge, although these hotels had their own gift shops, too.
(picture 2) Katsina Dolls fill a glass case
(picture 3) A fragment from the meteor that created Meteor Crater 50,000 years ago
Stop by after you walk the RIM TRAIL or hop off the Hermit Road Shuttle--you'll surely find something to hold your interest! Spring hours are 9am-6:30 p.m.
There are many little shops at the Grand Canyon if you want to pick up some souveniers, but I found the best and most tasteful selection was at Hopi House ( see Things to Do tips) and at Verkamp's. Verkamp's is the oldest gift shop on the rim, being built in 1906. The historic building served as a shop and as the family residence well into the mid 80's.
As with Hopi House, the souveniers run from very affordable to tres expensive. There is something for everyone's budget.
Don't miss the meteorite on display in the store. It looks and feels like a big chunk of cast iron.
What to buy: Everything from postcards, to stuffed animals, to native made jewellery, pottery, and crafts. If you want a good and packable gift idea, I picked up some very reasonably priced DVD's about the Grand Canyon for friends and relatives.
What to pay: You may want to look at the Cameron Trading Post's jewellery, (next tip) as there is more selection and better prices, plus they will bargain with you.