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North Rim of Grand Canynon--The lodge or campgrounds?

North Rim of Grand Canynon--The lodge or campgrounds?

Old May 27th, 2001, 05:11 PM
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North Rim of Grand Canynon--The lodge or campgrounds?

We will be spending four nights at the Grand Canyon North Rim in August. We have reservations at the lodge there--in the cabins. What are the cabins like? We are wondering whether we should stay for the four nights or maybe camp some of the nights.Which campgrounds do you prefer? Also, from the books we read it looks like there aren't places to eat (besides the lodge) or buy food in the area. What are the options? Where are the closest towns, etc ? Please advise.
Old May 27th, 2001, 06:36 PM
Paul Rabe
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Your options are not many. The North Rim is away from facilities, which is a plus or minus depending on your view. For info on the (not many) choices, go to

Old May 28th, 2001, 02:35 PM
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Warning- long post! Just returned from our second trip to North Rim. On our first trip, we stayed in the cabins behind the gift shop (east side). On this go-round, we stayed in the motel unit and our in-laws stayed in the cabins near the no-entrance zone (west side). It's important to know in which set of cabins you'll be located- and I don't think that is determined until your arrival. The cabins on the west side, IMHO, are nicer- they have a small porch with a bench. The cabins on the east side, while closer to the Lodge (depending on placement), are not as nice- and also seem a prime place for group bus tour travelers. This means much loading, unloading, etc., passing by your place. We did ride around the campground. The store in that area is well-stocked and very nice. Think there are showers, perhaps also laundromat. Check the nps.gov site for more info. Dining at North Rim is limited to the lodge dining room (nice, but get reservations before you go. Our reservs. were for 8:15 - and they ran about 20 min. behind) and the snack shop, which has good sandwiches, pizza, and ice cream. There may be eating facilities at Kaibab Lodge (about 10 mi. from NR)- next stop is Jacob Lake, 20 mi. from NR. It has a good, basic restaurant- rooms will remind of you of '30s motor courts, but are clean and well-tended. Think camping is also available there. If it's your first trip to NR, I think staying at the Lodge is the way to go. Dinner and breakfasts are good- be patient at night as the wait staff can get overloaded. It's not hard to do when everyone wants to hang in the dining room to drink up that gorgeous view. But if you're a camper, the campground looks to be very accommodating. Know that you are very lucky to have 4 nights reserved at the lodge; you may not be able to get campsites at this date, so don't let go of your reservs. until you have made a decision. Good luck and enjoy!
Old May 28th, 2001, 07:10 PM
Bob Brown
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There are several levels of cabins and price rangea at the North Rim.
Which one do you have?
We stayed in the second most expensive, and were happy with it.
Years ago, we stayed in the campground. It is ok as those kinds of campgrounds go. Not bad as I recall.
The restaurant is decent, but you neefd reservations to avoid the late shift.
We just turned up one night and were about 10 PM finishing.
Old May 29th, 2001, 07:21 AM
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Critical question. Have you considered spending less time at GC and more other places, say southern Utah's parks?

Four nights is a long, long time at the GC. As you read, there isn't much in the area to buy or eat food, and that is true for other things to do as well.

If you just want to hang out in a cabin or camp, then the GC is good. Why not? GC is a nice place. But, there are many other places where 4 days (+/-) are required to enjoy; Yellowstone comes to mind as that park has significant diversity. GC has one thing. Great views. [Sure, you can go in it and over it, by foot, mule, aerotransport... ]

Critically speaking, you'll get bored.

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