Natural rustic character
Bright Angel Lodge, designed in 1935 by famed Southwest architect Mary Jane Colter has a natural rustic character, and is a Registered National Historic Landmark. This iconic lodge and its surrounding cabins are rich with cultural history. Over the years it has gone through many transformations – originally a hotel, then a camp and finally a lodge. All of its changes were to accommodate increased visitation after the arrival of the train in 1901. Under the direction of the Santa Fe Railroad, Mary Jane Colter was tasked to design a fresh look for Bright Angel Lodge in an effort to provide more moderately priced lodging in contrast to the El Tovar “up the hill”. Colter drew inspirations from many local sources in her architecture. For example the ”geologic” fireplace in the lobby featuring all of the rock layers of the Grand Canyon, from the river cobbles to the youngest stone strata on the rim. Included in this lodge design were a couple of historically significant structures that might well have been demolished without her intervention. The Buckey O’Neill Cabin, originally home to one of Roosevelt’s Rough Riders, and the Red Horse Station, which served as the post office for 20 years.
Visit the Bright Angel History Room where you will find information on the Harvey Girls, the Harvey Indian Detour Couriers, historic postcards, a 100 year old El Tovar menu, original surrey carriage, and much more.
Today, the Bright Angel Lodge and surrounding cabins serves as an iconic remembrance of its colorful past. Located at the top of the Bright Angel Trail Head the facility sees visitors from all around the world. Bright Angel Lodge has a family-style restaurant, serving healthy “Diner Classics” such as biscuits & gravy to gourmet burgers and fajitas. It is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Another is the Arizona Room featuring steaks, chicken and ribs prepared with the flavors of Arizona and the Southwest. Open seasonally visit the old fashioned ice-cream Soda Fountain just steps from the rim. There is also a gift shop and old style saloon.
Accommodations at Bright Angel
Bright Angel has 86 lodging units ranging from cozy historic units with shared bath to standard lodge rooms, historic cabins to the one of a kind “Buckey O’Neill Cabin”. Accommodations range from rustic cabins (with televisions and private bath) to lodge rooms (no television and shared bath) All rooms are equipped with telephone and generally have only one bed.
Please note: rooms with canyon views are very limited and cannot be guaranteed.
Buckey O’Neill Cabin
The Buckey O’Neill Cabin was built in the 1890s by William “Buckey” O’Neill on the South Rim of Grand Canyon. O’Neill was a member of Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders and was also an author and a judge in his native Arizona. Prior to being killed in action in Cuba in 1898, he was instrumental in establishing what would eventually become the Grand Canyon Railway. The abandoned cabin was incorporated into the Bright Angel Lodge as a guest accommodation by architect Mary Jane Colter. Today, it is a cozy suite, with canyon views right out the front door.
The Buckey O’Neill Cabin is available for a reservation rate of $404.25 per night. The accommodation cannot be reserved online. To make a reservation, please contact us toll-free at 888-29-PARKS (297-2757).
Red Horse Cabin
Rehabilitated and restored in 2012, the two-room Red Horse Cabin now features a sitting area and one bedroom. Built in 1890, the cabin was moved from the Red Horse Ranch in 1902 to the head of the Bright Angel Trail to be used for guest accommodations.
From 1910 to 1935, it served as the Post Office for Grand Canyon Village. When the cabin was slated for demolition, architect Mary Jane Colter intervened and convinced building owner Santa Fe Railway and concessioner Fred Harvey to remodel and restore the cabin for guest use. For many years, it was a storage facility but Xanterra Parks & Resorts updated the cabin to today’s standards of building and comfort, while maintaining historical integrity.
The Red Horse Cabin is available for reservations at a rate of $404.25 per night. The accommodation cannot be reserved online. To make a reservation, please contact us toll-free at 888-29-PARKS (297-2757)
Bright Angel Room Rates
|Standard lodge room with shared bathroom*||$85|
|Standard lodge room with private bathroom*||$96|
|Historic Cabin||$122 – $185|
|Rim Cabin with fireplace||$188|
|Suites||$96 – $406|
|The Red Horse Cabin||$406|
|*private bathroom have either a shower or bathtub/shower|
All rooms are non-smoking. If you smoke in the guest room a charge of $175 will be added.