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Yavapai Lodge: A 3-star hotel for the budget travelers

Posted on January 21, 2011 | Hotels2 Comments

Among all the lodges in the famous Grand Canyon National Park, the Yavapai Lodge is the largest facility of its kind and is located at a distance of half a mile from the frontier. It is at the eastern tip of the Grand Canyon Village (accessible in a mile hike from the village) and is very near to the Canyon View Information Plaza. With contemporary rooms as well as the basic amenities/services, Yavapai Lodge is a convenient stay option for families who wish to stay for a few days in the park.

Surrounding the pinyin as well as juniper woodlands, this lodge is the only one after El Tovar to offer the lodging facility with the central air-conditioning in the park. Although it is the least-appealing stay in the Grand Canyon because of the no surrounding great views, Yavapai is the choice of the budget backpackers. It is certainly inexpensive as compared to the Kachina as well as Thunderbird lodges because of the absence of canyon views.


There are two wings namely East and West housing a total of 358 units. Yavapai East is the home of 198 rooms that are well equipped with in-room air conditioning, refrigerator, and coffee maker. On the other hand, Yavapai West is the abode of 160 rooms that are equipped with ceiling fans as well as vaulted ceilings, but have no air conditioners.

A majority of the rooms have two queen or king sized beds, coffee maker, refrigerator, telephone, full baths, TV, and modern port. Mostly, one king bed is the feature of the units in the Yavapai East. Irrespective of which room you choose, all of them are strictly non-smoking rooms. You can also avail of wheelchair-accessible rooms here. With the newly refurbished rooms as well as services accessible within the walking distance, Yavapai is certainly the choice of all those who are looking for some comfort, hospitable service, and peaceful stay.

If you are planning to stay here, I would recommend booking a room in the relatively better Yavapai East wing where the rooms have air conditioners and that the wing itself is set under the shady pines.


All the basic amenities are either within the lodge boundary or within a short strolling distance. The Yavapai Lodge is just close to the Market Plaza wherein there is a bank, general store, and U.S. Post Office. If you walk for half a mile, the National Park Service Visitor Center can be visited. At the same mile from the lodge, you will come across a coin-operated laundry for your clothes. Within the lobby, there is the curio shop that offers a myriad of gifts as well and transportation/activities desk. Above all, the Yavapai Lodge West is the home of all the desired facilities, amenities, and comfort levels and this is how it upholds its careful standards.


There is only one of its kinds here. It is actually a café called the Canyon Cafe that offers all the three meals of the day: breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It is located in the Market Plaza. Despite the fact that it is not in the lodge, the café appeals to the backpackers as well as families due to its suitable location and a multitude of home-style dishes. With the seating of 345, plenty of room welcomes one and all daily during the season! Among the dishes, do taste its fresh baked pizza, fresh salads in its salad bar, and hamburgers. Breakfast at the lodge is just delicious! Select cinnamon buns, yogurt, cereals, and omelet. Open from morning 6 to night 10, the café operates seasonally with the changes in these timings. No reservations are required and also the dress code is casual.


The Yavapai Gift Shop is a great place to stop and shop at Grand Canyon’s Market Plaza. At this huge one, you can buy some t-shirts, souvenirs, children wear, and pottery – the largest collection of the Grand Canyon.


The Yavapai Lodge is usually open for its guests from March to November as well as during the winter holidays.


Starting from $102 up to $160; however, expect some discount during the winter.

As of 2010:
  • West room with 2 queen beds – $107.00
  • East room, 2 queen or 1 king – $153.00

Children who are 16 years old and below are welcome without any cost. If you depart early, you will not be getting any refunds. So, this means that you need to book carefully!

Reaching here

A Village Loop shuttle bus will drop you at The General Store or Yavapai.

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