Bright Angel Lodge
Bright Angel Lodge opened in 1935 and was designed by architect Mary Coulter, who was the architect of most historic Grand Canyon buildings. Bright Angel Lodge is full of authenticity and western flare. Just like El Tovar, Bright Angel Lodge is a Registered National Historic Landmark.
The complex includes a couple of dining choices (one full service restaurant and a deli) and a good cluster of souvenir shops. Bright Angel Restaurant, a family-style restaurant is open on premises offering breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Arizona Room also serves Southwestern cuisine for lunch and dinner. Many visitors come to the hotel for the old-fashioned ice cream foundation, which is open during the summer months.
If you are planning on hiking down into the Canyon, the tours leave just outside the lodge. Bright Angel Lodge is also the check-in point for Grand Canyon Mule Rides.
Guests can choose between rooms and cabins. The lodge rooms cannot guarantee a view and they are very basic but comfortable and homey. The rooms are rustic and some do not include a private bathroom, so if that is a necessity for you, make sure to ask for it and be prepared to pay extra. Most rooms only have one full size bed. There are other lodges within just a few steps, so it’s easy to walk over and enjoy the amenities of the more expensive lodges.
Two cabins are worth mentioning: The Buckey O’Neill Cabin and the Red Horse Cabin. Built in the 1890’s and named after one of Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders, Mary Coulter memorialized Buckey O’Neill with this cabin designation. This cabin offers canyon views and a cozy atmosphere.
The Red Horse Cabin is the oldest building on the South Rim. Built in 1890, it was moved from Red Horse Ranch in 1902 by a local businessman for use as a tourist hotel at the Bright Angel Trailhead. From 1910 to 1935, it served as a post office.
The cabins have been rehabilitated and restored to accommodate today’s guests desire.
- On-site restaurant
- Old fashioned ice cream fountain (summer months only)
- Gift shop
- History room
- Transportation/tours and activities desk
- Free Wi-Fi
While the rooms are small and basic, the interior is clean and comfortable. Besides, it’s the canyon most people come for and most can put up with a little bit of “roughing it” for the sake of proximity to the Canyon. You can’t beat this location and having the Grand Canyon as a back drop literally feet away is a nice bonus. Guests also enjoy watching shooting stars along with more constellations than you can name. Mule deer feed right outside at night.
Booking at Bright Angel Lodge can be difficult, since there is always a huge demand, so be sure do so well in advance.
$80 – $350
Please note: These prices are rack rates and only meant as guidance for pricing. Please call hotel for exact rate.
7 Village Loop Dr
Grand Canyon Village, — 86023