Rates Drop in a Bucket List Destination; Winter Deals Galore at Grand Canyon National Park

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Oct. 20, 2014 – When temperatures begin to drop, so do rates at Northern Arizona’s Grand Canyon National Park. Grand Canyon concessioner Xanterra South Rim is offering reduced rates and special packages at four South Rim lodges this winter.

“The Grand Canyon is a bucket list destination for many, and although it is a spectacular place every month of the year, it is particularly glorious during the winter months,” said Bruce Brossman, regional director of sales for Xanterra South Rim. “From the first light of the morning to the nightly show when the sun goes down, we see photographers and inspiration-seekers from around the world gazing in awe of Mother Nature’s masterpiece.”

There are plenty of things to do in the winter, just as in other months. Travelers can wander through the Grand Canyon’s famed Historic District using a complimentary walking tour brochure as a guide, learn about the Canyon’s human history and geology on an interpretive Sunrise, Sunset or Hermit’s Rest motorcoach tour, shop for authentic Southwestern gifts in the historic Hopi House, hike into the Canyon, enjoy wrangler-led mule rides and warm up with hot meals in one of the several Xanterra-operated restaurants. Guests can also add a fun and scenic side trip by taking the Grand Canyon Railway from Williams to the park.

Rates for all packages are based on double occupancy and rates do not include taxes or gratuities. Here are the details:

For the second year, Xanterra is offering the Grand Canyon Escape package at Kachina and Thunderbird Lodges. Rates per night are $189 for a street-side room and $199 for a Canyon-side room. The package is available Tuesday, Nov. 11 through Thursday, Nov. 20 and again beginning Saturday, Nov. 29 through Thursday, Dec. 18. The Grand Canyon Escape package includes accommodations, breakfast coupons for two people, choice of a motorcoach tour for two people and a one-time gift shop discount good for 10 percent off purchases of $50-$149.99 and 20 percent off purchases of $150 and above. When booking this package, travelers should use the promotional code “ESCAPE.”

Rates at the two off-rim lodges, Yavapai and Maswik, also drop this winter. The Winter Value Rate for two people at Maswik South and Yavapai West is $89 per night and the rate at Maswik North and Yavapai East is $122 per night. Rates for additional adults are $9 plus tax per person per night. The Winter Value Rate is available at Maswik Lodge Nov. 10 through March 5, 2015. The special rate is available at Yavapai Lodge Nov. 10 through Dec. 31. Blackout dates are Nov. 26 through Nov. 29 and Dec. 19 through Dec. 31. Travelers should use the promotional code “WINTER.”

Maswik Lodge is a 278-room facility located a short walk from the South Rim and at the southwest end of Grand Canyon Village. Named for a Hopi Kachina who is said to guard the Grand Canyon, Maswik features a gift shop, cafeteria, lounge, rooms with private baths and sightseeing tours. The 358-room Yavapai Lodge is located within a short walk of the National Park Service Visitor Center and the rim of the Canyon. Thunderbird and Kachina Lodges are twin rim lodges with a total of 104 rooms. They are located in the Grand Canyon Historic District between El Tovar and Bright Angel Lodge.

Visitors can book their rooms online by visiting www.grandcanyonlodges.com or by calling toll-free 1-888-297-2757 or 1-303-297-2757 from outside the United States. You can learn more about the park by visiting www.nps.gov/grca. Travelers can also follow Xanterra South Rim on Facebook or Twitter.