As part of our tour of the National Parks, one of our last stays was at the North Rim. The main area and reception was rustic and old worldly and has retained its charm, even if a little dated. The accommodation are cabins away from the reception which would make it interesting in inclement weather. During our stay it was blowing a gale. The cabins are old and dated with basic facilities. There was only one chair in a room that sleeps 3 (?) and the room was small and dark. We left the door open to get extra light and had to contend with inquisitive woodchucks coming in for a visit. The bed was comfortable but with one side pushed up against the wall made it annoying if you needed to get out in the night.
All meals were in the dining room/restaurant or snacks at the cafe or bar (the bar ran out very quickly). The restaurant was a disaster, poor service, expensive food and not very good at that(dinner and breakfast). A captive audience I suppose. We ate out one night at a cowboy evening down the road which was a welcome change. We would rather go hungry than back to eat there.
There were a number of Ranger activities (talks etc) that were interesting for history and geology and there was plenty of information given regarding walking tracks around the rim.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The more remote North Rim offers up its beauty and solitude to those willing to make a little longer trek to cooler temperatures and greener vegetation of the Grand Canyon's less visited rim. Time means little here in this Nirvana for nature lovers…abundant forest beauty and wrap-around scenic splendor as sheer walls hold in the Colorado River a mile below. The only developed lodging within the National Park’s North Rim boundaries this historic treasure has cabins and lodging tucked into the trees and dotting the canyon edge. The historic dining room with wall to ceiling windows gives diners the unique opportunity to take in the Canyon's views and tasteful regional and sustainable delights for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Reservations are recommended. For guests seeking a unique remembrance of their visit to this special place, there is a gift store and convenience store located at the North Rim. Authentic Native American handcrafts, jewelry and merchandise that is U.S.A. made by local and regional artists provide an array of gift items for guests to the Grand Canyon. Smell the pines, listen to the fluttering leaves of quaking aspen, and keep an eye out for a California condor, the largest bird in North America. The North Rim of the Grand Canyon is only open from mid May to mid October. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Canyon Lodge - North Rim Hotel Grand Canyon National Park
- Canyon Grand Lodge North Rim