2009 Grand Canyon Lodging
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A little history...

In all of our Grand Canyon visits prior to this one, we actually stayed in motels away from the Canyon.  The exception to this, besides this year, was last year, but more about that in a minute.

The goal in choosing the lodging has always been to position ourselves for a reasonable drive back to wherever we were flying out of for our trip home as our Canyon visit always came at the end of the week.  This meant that we mostly stayed in Flagstaff, itself a college town (Northern Arizona University is there), and it was a good choice with three brewpubs, among other things, to choose from for dining and other things.

One year we stayed in Winslow because we needed to be in Albuquerque, rather than Phoenix, for our return flight, and Albuquerque is quite a bit farther away from the Canyon than Phoenix is.  But that worked fine as well.

One thing that this staying away from the Canyon meant, though, was that, after a day of hiking, when we were probably a bit less than rosy smelling, and tired, we still had to get back in the van for the 1.5 hour drive back to Flagstaff or the about three hour drive to Winslow.

Last year, because we hiked at the beginning of the week instead of at the end, and because we were thus driving in only from Phoenix instead of Las Cruces, we chose a hotel right outside the park.  That turned out to be a very good idea as the next morning we had only a few minute drive to the park and the day's activities, rather than a 1.5 hour drive from Flagstaff.  We didn't stay in the same motel after hiking, though, because we needed to be getting on toward Las Cruces, so we drove all the way to Show Low, Arizona, a good five-hour drive, after hiking.  Not the best of situations, but you do what you have to do.

But one thing staying at the park showed us was how nice it was to actually be AT the park for our lodging.  We DIDN'T have the drive afterwards, and people could head back to their rooms at their own pace depending on how quickly they finished whatever hike they were on.

So this year, because we had a full day to make the drive from Las Cruces, we decided to go for it and stay at a lodge in the park if we could get a reservation at a reasonable rate.  That did turn out to be possible, and we stayed for two nights at the Maswik Lodge. 

 

 
Our four rooms were in Building 5 at the far right on this map and pictured below.  We were on the upper floor.
 
 
Hanging around on the balcony.
 
 
Wider view of the main lodge building which contained the registration desk, gift shop (of course!), and a serve-yourself, cafeteria-style restaurant with an adjacent lounge.
 
 
It was a short, quarter-mile walk to the Canyon rim.