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Aug 27, 2013 08:13 |  #1

I'm heading to Phoenix for a conference in mid-November, so I thought I'd take a few extra days for my wife and I to go see some sights in the Grand canyon and get some shots ..... the tourist-y spots are OK with me since it will be a pretty short visit and, hopefully in mid-late November it won't be too busy. Thought we might stay at one of the hotels in the park on one of the nights, but wonder if it's worth it. Anyone have some experience ?


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Aug 27, 2013 14:34 |  #2

last time I went, we stayed in flagstaff rather than at the canyon. about 40 mins drive (if that) to the canyon, more choices to stay, cheaper, more choices to go out and eat too.


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Aug 27, 2013 14:50 |  #3

I once stayed in a hotel just feet from the rim that was quite affordable. It was more like a European pension with the shower rooms down the hall, but it was quite comfortable and very conveniently located. When we stepped outside the room, there was the canyon. Pretty great.


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Aug 28, 2013 16:46 |  #4

Staying at the park is nice so you can just roll out of the bed and be on the rim at sunrise.


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Aug 28, 2013 19:30 |  #5

We stayed at the Yavapai Lodge in the park in May. The free buses run all around the park so it was easy to walk or ride wherever we wanted to go. It's great to be right there so you can get to the rim quickly for sunrise or sunset photos. The park facilities are run by Xanterra and everything was extremely well managed. It was a great experience and I would highly recommend it!

I have to admit -- I never managed to get up for a sunrise, but did catch a sunset while there.

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Aug 28, 2013 22:06 |  #6

IMO, it's well worth the extra expense to stay in the park. Yea, you can get a Motel 6 in Flagstaff for $30, but the hour long drive each way will suck up too much time.

Stayed in Bright Angel once and it was fine, if unspectacular. I don't think any of the lodges are Roach Motels. Book now!

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PS Don't be a lazy butt like ^ was. ;) Make a dawn stroll to the rim and you'll have the entire canyon to yourself. Very cool.


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Aug 28, 2013 23:41 as a reply to Geonerd's post |  #7

I want to know how some of you are making the drive to the canyon in 40 minutes to 1-hour from Flagstaff. I live here, and make the drive frequently, and have never made that kind of time. You must know a short-cut that I'm not aware of.:p


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Aug 28, 2013 23:44 |  #8

You shouldn't have any problem getting a room in the park in mid-November, and the rates will have come down by then. Yavapai Lodge is a good place to stay, but I would avoid Maswik Lodge. Both lodges, and the rest on the park's South Rim, are run by Xanterra, but there is a big difference in the quality of the rooms between those two lodges.

Be sure to get up for sunrise, and also explore the areas both east and west of Grand Canyon Village. There's so much to see and photograph. I've been working here since May of 2008, and I'm always surprised by the many moods and personalities of the canyon.


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Sep 01, 2013 20:27 |  #9

Adam Schallau wrote in post #16249259external link
I want to know how some of you are making the drive to the canyon in 40 minutes to 1-hour from Flagstaff. I live here, and make the drive frequently, and have never made that kind of time. You must know a short-cut that I'm not aware of.:p

Google Maps says it is 79 miles from Flagstaff to the South Rim Visitor Center. Probably not a 40 minute drive.


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Sep 01, 2013 20:39 |  #10

Orrrr, you could stay a night in Williams, take the train up to the canyon, spend one night up there, and take the train back. The train is a nice experience!


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Sep 03, 2013 01:00 |  #11

The El Tovar is the place to stay.


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Sep 04, 2013 09:19 |  #12

Thanks all ..... I need to book soon, and the El Tovar is the one that caught my eye !!


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Sep 06, 2013 16:22 |  #13

There's also a few places in Tusayan just outside the south rim entrance. there is the Red Feather lodge and a Holiday Inn Express. Several restaurants are there.
I've stayed in the Red Feather Inn and it was comfortable!
Try the Yippee-ei-o steakhouse for great rattlesnake appetizers.




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