Whenever I bring my friends and relatives to the Grand Canyon from Phoenix, I always drive them from East to West --- stopping at the Cameron Trading Post before entering the Grand Canyon Park 30 minutes away. In this way, I am sure they are filled up and ready to marvel at the never-ending sights of the Grand Canyon.
But the Cameron Trading Post is also a historic place in itself - built in 1916 and a favorite among explorers both past and present. There are also rooms available at the adjacent lodge.
The Post has a lot of affordable native Indian artifacts and some expensive works of art as well. The staff at the Dining Room are all native Indian, and you will marvel at the metal ceilings and the great view of the red canyon rocks...
They also know travellers are in a hurry to see the Grand Canyon, and so you get your food fast...and warmed...
The Cameron Trading Post is 31 miles east of the east entrance into the Grand Canyon. The trading post opened in 1916 and has a store and motel as well. The restaurant is run by Navajo Indians and has fantastic green chili stew and fry bread. Its worth a stop
Favorite Dish: Green chili stew and fry bread