The Grand Canyon Lodge is the center of activity on the lesser crowded north rim of the Grand Canyon. Though it often seems forgotten, it provides some of the best views of any national park lodge.
The Grand Canyon Lodge and Cabins
The lodge itself is one of the very best views of any national park lodge I’ve ever seen. It literally sits on the edge of the canyon.
The hotel’s Sun Room will provide immaculate views of the canyon through the tall windows.
If you’re staying at the lodge, however, you’ll stay in a cabin nearby. Some of these cabins have canyon views and some don’t.
This has to be one of the best national park dining rooms I’ve seen, rivaling Ptarmigan Dining Room in Glacier or Jackson Lodge in Grand Teton. Imagine sitting on the edge of the Grand Canyon while eating! Not even the South Rim’s El Tovar can offer that (close, but not quite).
The north rim is so chill that you can easily grab an Adirondack chair, drink from the rough rider saloon, and soak in the views of the Grand Canyon.
Brighty the Donkey
The lodge has a statue of Brighty the Donkey. This statue honors a well-known donkey who frequented this area in the early 1900s. He was famous enough that he became the subject of a book and a movie! People rub his nose for good luck.
He has quite a story that I feature in my audio guide for the North Rim!
Named after Teddy Roosevelt, who liked to hunt in this area (another story I tell in the audio guide), the saloon is a place to grab a drink before relaxing on the deck.
There’s a post office here in case you got amnesia and woke up thinking it’s 1990 again! A fun way to send that postcard to your friends or family.
A small visitor center is available in a nearby building. Get your maps, Jr Ranger book, get your passport book stamped, and ask questions.
A little gift shop is here for the mementos of your visit to the Grand Canyon.
Bright Angel Point
From the lodge, it’s a short walk down a paved path to Bright Angel Point for some spectacular views of the Grand Canyon.
Mule rides on the north rim are operated by Canyon Trail Rides. If you’ve reserved a ride, check in at the desk inside the lodge. A shuttle will pick you up at the lodge and take you to the mule pen, where you’ll ride along the rim of the canyon or go partially into the canyon, depending on the tour you choose. Rides from the north rim do not go all the way to the bottom of the canyon. For that, you’ll need a south rim ride.
The only North Rim campground is located near the lodge, though there is another campground at Jacob Lake (link).
- Learn more about camping in the North Rim of the Grand Canyon
The lodge also has a small deli to grab some quick food. There aren’t a lot of options for food at the north rim.