Hiking the Bright Angel Trail down into the Grand Canyon is a mesmerizing weekend getaway in Arizona. As you descend the from the lip of the South Rim, the walls of rock rise up around you on one side; while the view on the other is straight down to the Colorado River thousands of feet below.
It is not possible to hike to the river and back on a day trip, and most people only hike a few miles along this iconic trail, which can be grueling enough considering the heat and steep terrain. After my long day hike, I couldn’t wait to shower and grab some dinner. Good thing, I was staying in the park’s grand dame lodge, El Tovar, which is just a short shuttle ride from the Bright Angel Trailhead.
The Grand Canyon is split into a North Rim and South Rim (and to drive between the two takes around five hours) but most tourists head to the South Rim. Here, you’ll find the Grand Canyon Village as well as many nearby hotels and amenities. Here are five of our favorite properties near the Grand Canyon’s South Rim.