South Rim Hotels
The South Rim is the most popular rim at the Grand Canyon to visit. There are a few great South Rim hotel and lodging options in the park itself. These accommodations typically need to be reserved close to a year in advance. Visitors who really want to interact with the Grand Canyon and spend time here often camp. But if camping is not a option for you, El Tovar, Bright Angel Lodge, Maswik Lodge, Kachina Lodge, Thunderbird Lodge, Yavapai Lodge and Phantom Ranch's famous cabins are all excellent options.
The nearest town to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon is Tusayan. It's about 6 miles from the entrance of the Grand Canyon and offers South Rim visitors hotel and motel accommodations. There is not much else in this area so if you are thinking that you're just going to go see the Grand Canyon, take a few pictures and walk around a little, you might only want to stay one night. Going on a helicopter tour, guided hike and bus tour can really enhance your Grand Canyon experience and assist in making the most of your trip.
Williams is a mountainside town on the Historical Route 66 and just 60 miles from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Williams has several excellent lodging choices ranging from budget motels to luxury hotels. Williams is a good option if you want to be close to the Grand Canyon but want dining options, markets and shops as well. It offers more things to do than Tusayan, but it's further from the Grand Canyon itself.
The Grand Canyon Railway with its famous Christmastime Polar Express and year-round rides to the South Rim leaves from Williams making this an incredibly convenient and family-friendly location to stay in if a train ride is on your agenda. Williams hotels cater to Grand Canyon visitors and have helpful and knowledgeable staff that can help you make the most of your trip. Ask about attractions like the drive-through wildlife park and cowboy cookouts. Williams is also only 35 miles from Flagstaff, a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts. Staying in Williams is a great jumping off point for travelers who want to spend time at the Grand Canyon and explore Flagstaff and other parts of the Great Southwest.
Flagstaff is about 79 miles from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon and offers cabins, bed and breakfasts, hotels, vacation rentals and more. The city itself is at 7,000 ft elevation and rests at the base of the Mt. Humphreys and Mt. Elden offering visitors and residents the opportunity to ski, hike, mountain bike, camp and explore an alpine environment just two hours north of the Phoenix desert. Flagstaff is the ideal mix of close proximity to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon and city comforts. There are other things to do in the area in addition to seeing the Grand Canyon and is a place a visitor could enjoy for a few days.
Flagstaff hotels are in demand year round, but there is typically always some type of lodging available. Its cooler temperatures during the summer make it Arizona locals' favorite place to visit during the summer, and its high elevation allows for winter sports and activities. Also just a 45-minute drive southwest of Flagstaff is the red rock wonderland, Sedona. Everything requires a bit of a drive out here, so make sure you plan your transportation accordingly.
Sedona is about 110 miles from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon and offers the most luxurious and scenic hotel and lodging options for Grand Canyon visitors. Sedona is a destination in its own right. Known for its stunning red rocks, beautiful creeks and rare energy, Sedona attracts visitors from all over the world. Grand Canyon visitors will find that Sedona offers hotels and resorts with the highest quality of service and amenities. From spa treatments to five-star dining opportunities, Sedona never ceases to amaze its visitors.
Also, Sedona's elevation is about 4,500 ft and is on average 15°F or more warmer than the South Rim. Depending on the time of year, Sedona might be a better Grand Canyon lodging option if you're looking for more moderate temperatures.
Hotels are not the only Sedona lodging choices. Grand Canyon visitors, especially our international friends, may prefer a bed and breakfast. Sedona's myriad bed & breakfasts each offers a charming and unique experience, many with extraordinary views, accommodations and amenities. Or one can rent a cottage along the creek or even rent a Sedona vacation home rental. Whatever your needs are, Sedona will have the perfect place for you to stay when visiting the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.
At an elevation of ~4,500 ft, Sedona is often a better Grand Canyon lodging choice, depending on seasonal temperatures, road conditions and the length of your itierary. Sedona is about a two hour drive north of Phoenix Sky Harbor airport. There are Grand Canyon tour shuttles that pick up in Sedona, but it becomes more difficult to get around without a car. Everything is spaced out here in the Southwest, so plan your transportation accordingly.
All South Rim Hotels
1. Mountain Ranch Resort
Located 6 miles east of Williams on Interstate 40 at Pittman Valley Road exit, Mountain Ranch Resort is a AAA, three-diamond Grand Canyon ho... More
2. Best Western PREMIER Grand Cany...
As the Grand Canyon South Rim's only resort hotel, it is hard to pass up the luxuries you will find when you stay with Best Western Grand Ca... More
3. Grand Canyon Inn
Open year-round the Grand Canyon Inn is a family-owned, independently operated Grand Canyon South Rim hotel located 23 miles south of Grand ... More
4. The Lodge On Route 66
With upgraded furnishings and luxury thread-count linens, the newly-renovated Lodge on Route 66 is affordable luxury Grand Canyon lodging at... More
5. The Grand Hotel
The newest Grand Canyon South Rim hotel! Step into our parlor and enter an era of Old West travel. Rustic timber, immense log beams, western... More
6. Canyon Plaza Resort Grand Canyo...
This Grand Canyon South Rim hotel (formerly Canyon Plaza Quality Inn & Suites) is conveniently located just one mile south of the Grand Cany... More
7. Red Feather Lodge
Ideally situated in the center of Tusayan, a small town one mile from the south entrance to the Grand Canyon National Park, this Grand Canyo... More
8. Adobe Grand Villas
Luxurious AAA 4 Diamond Sedona, Arizona bed and breakfast with 850 + sq ft villas, red rock views, two fireplaces, jetted tub, walk in showe... More
9. Best Western PLUS Inn Of Sedona
Save on your accommodations by booking the one of our money-saving vacation packages. Packages include one night’s lodging with Free Delux... More
10. Sedona Super 8
In between the red rocks of Sedona, the Super 8 offers clean, comfortable rooms at a very affordable price. This Sedona, AZ motel offers 2 o... More
11. Holiday Inn Express Flagstaff
Holiday Inn Express, Flagstaff AZ Hotel is conveniently located near the Grand Canyon at the intersection of I-40 and Butler Avenue in Flags... More
12. Comfort Inn Flagstaff
Soak in the serene atmosphere and beauty of Northern Arizona. Then discover the hotbed of activity waiting just outside your door at the Com... More
13. The Downtowner On Route 66 Rod...
The Downtowner on Route 66 has been remodeled with an "uptown" urban feel. With upgraded furnishings and luxury thread-count linens, the ne... More
14. Briar Patch Inn
The Briar Patch Inn features 19 cabins situated on 9 lush acres in Oak Creek Canyon, just 3 miles north of Sedona. Each individual cabin is... More
15. Amara Resort & Spa
Amara offers a boutique, creekside sanctuary retreat that's worlds away from the typical southwest scene. Here, you'll find comfort fills ev... More
16. Fairfield Inn Flagstaff
Nestled in the cool pines of Northern Arizona, the Fairfield Inn Flagstaff hotel is the premier destination and gateway to some of the world... More
17. Ramada Limited West Grand Cany...
A warm greeting awaits guests to this Flagstaff - Grand Canyon area hotel. Our all-non-smoking and newly renovated rooms are designed to exc... More
18. Best Western PLUS Arroyo Roble...
The Best Western PLUS Arroyo Roble Hotel and Creekside Villas is located in Uptown Sedona, providing near-Grand Canyon accommodations within... More
19. Little America Hotel Flagstaff
Little America is truly one of the best Flagstaff hotels. From our 500-acre private forest to our friendly, knowledgeable concierge staff, ... More
20. L’Auberge De Sedona
Breathtaking Red Rock vistas and creekside tranquility, magical dining experiences, a cozy lodge and intimate cottages, a private spa and me... More
21. Junipine Resort
Junipine Resort is the perfect location for small business meetings or a family vacation. Our secluded creekside setting is the perfect retr... More
22. Canyon Villa Bed & Breakfast I...
Enjoy bedside views of the Red Rocks of Sedona by Bell Rock and Courthouse Butte. Sedona bed and breakfast fare includes full gourmet breakf... More
23. Hilton Garden Inn Flagstaff
The Hilton Garden Inn Flagstaff is in the ideal Grand Canyon area / Flagstaff hotel location for exploring the wonders of Northern Arizona i... More
24. Adobe Village Graham Inn
Welcome to the Adobe Village Graham Inn, one of the finest bed and breakfast inns to be nationally recognized in Arizona. Our resort style l... More
25. Sedona Reãl Inn & Suites
Charm and comfort await you at the Sedona Reãl Inn & Suites. With a country inn atmosphere, and bed and breakfast feel, each of the 42 trad... More
26. La Quinta Inn Sedona
Newly renovated, the property's public areas and guest rooms have fresh, up-to-date decor. The hotel is located across from famous "Bell Roc... More
27. Las Posadas Of Sedona
You will delight in the impeccably decorated, spacious two-room suites and private, romantic villas of Las Posadas of Sedona, a brand new lu... More
HOTELS IN OR NEAR THE GRAND CANYON
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FLAGSTAFF HOTELS & CABINS
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SEDONA HOTELS & BED AND BREAKFASTS
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WILLIAMS HOTELS & LODGING
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