The Canyon is overcrowded in June and most housing has been booked up months in advance. If you need a room to stay in, it is best to start booking a room before March. If you can tolerate a 7 mile drive to Tusayan, there are also a number of motels there. Check out the list below. The campground is very nice if you enjoy roughing it a little. It is amazing how well you sleep on the ground when you are up all day and most of the night!
Wherever you decide to stay, EARLY RESERVATIONS ARE STRONGLY RECOMMENDED! When phoning, expect LONG WAITS. Call early in the morning, or book online!
South Rim Accommodations
- Yavapai Lodge: Modern facility, closest to Yavapai Point
- El Tovar: Victorian era lodge right on the rim, but expect high prices
- Bright Angel Lodge: Historic facility
- Thunderbird Lodge: On the rim
- Kachina Lodge: On the rim
- Maswik Lodge: Newest facility, about a quarter mile from the rim
- Trailer Village: RV park with full hookups
- National Park Service: Camp Sites
For All South Rim Lodging except Yavapai Lodge and Trailer Village:
Within the US call toll free (888) 297-2757
Outside the US call (303) 297-2757
Fax (303) 297-3175
Yavapai Lodge and Trailer Village RV Reservations are now operated by Delaware North Corporation Parks & Resorts. For reservations:
Camping and RV Facilities
Mather Campground, on the South Rim, does not have RV hook-ups. Reservations can be made through the National Recreation Reservation Service by calling 1-877-444-6777 or online at http://www.recreation.gov/ Reservations for this NPS campground can be made up to 6 months in advance.
Trailer Village is the only RV campground within the park with full hook-ups. It is located adjacent to Mather Campground in Grand Canyon Village on the South Rim. Trailer Village is operated by Delaware North Corporation Parks & Resorts.
Reservations for Trailer Village may be made online HERE.
To book (or modify) your Yavapai Lodge or Trailer Village RV Park reservation by phone, please call:Toll-free 877-404-4611
For All South Rim Camping Reservations: visit National Park Service Reservation Center online
On the resulting NPS camping reservation page, enter the following choices:
Looking For: Choose Tent
State: Choose Arizona
Near: Choose Grand Canyon – South Rim
On the resulting page, select Mather Campground.
U.S. callers, toll-free: 800-365-2267
U.S. and international callers: 301-722-1257
Mather campground costs $18 per night. The Park Service also provides a few complimentary campsites which we make available on a first–come, first–served basis. Contact Jim O’Connor gcsp [at] tucsonastronomy.org if you would like to be considered for one of these sites. (Those staying the full week get priority! Be aware that in these sites we maintain quiet hours from 10 pm to 9 am, so those who need a generator might want to reserve elsewhere.) Again, early reservations are always advised; you may have to share with someone if you wait until close to the event.
North Rim Accommodations
The following information is from previous years and is provided since the Saguaro Astronomy Club is hosting a North Rim component of the GCSP. CHECK BACK OFTEN FOR UPDATES and check the Saguaro Astronomy Club home page to confirm the North Rim party plans and to check for any changes. The North Rim park has a lodge, motel rooms, cabins, and camping facilities. Outside the entrance to the North Rim park is the Kaibab Lodge, also.
North Rim Lodge, Motel Rooms, and Cabins:
Xanterra, the company which takes reservations for South Rim lodging, no longer manages the Grand Canyon North Rim lodging (cabins, hotel and motel rooms) as in previous years. This has been taken over by Forever Resorts, which apparently does not accept on-line reservations.
The main web page is now: http://www.grandcanyonlodgenorth.com.
Rates and lodging information: http://foreverlodging.com/lodging.cfm?PropertyKey=181
Reservations: 877-386-4383 (877-Fun-4-Ever)
Their web site says they offer hotel and motel rooms and cabins inside the North Rim park from $107 to $146 per night.
North Rim Camping – National Park Service:
These sites are managed by the National Park Service. From their website:
Sites are shaded by large ponderosa pine and quaking aspen trees. Campground is at 8,200 feet elevation. Ranger programs and visitor center nearby. Bathrooms and water located throughout campground. Laundry and showers near the campground for a fee. Wood and charcoal fires only in grills provided at each site. Sites are restricted to 6 people, 2 vehicles, and 3 tents (or an RV). NO HOOKUPS AVAILABLE. A vehicle which is towing a trailer, pop-up, tent trailer, a fifth wheel, or a motor home pulling a vehicle is considered 2 vehicles at your site. Check in at the Campground Kiosk upon arrival. If arriving late, reserved sites will be posted after closing. Check in 11am, check out 10am MST. Off road camping or parking not allowed. Sites 11, 14, 15, 16 and 18 provide a great view of the canyon and are $25 premium sites. Note that the North Rim is ONLY accessible by vehicle from May 15 to October 15.
Use the online National Park Service Reservation Center
U.S. callers: 800-365-2267
U.S. and international callers: 301-722-1257
This is a private lodge outside the gate to the North Rim.