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Bright Angel Lodge & Cabins

Natural Rustic Character

About Bright Angel Lodge & Cabins

Bright Angel Lodge, designed in 1935 by famed Southwest architect Mary E.J. 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, Colter was tasked to design a fresh look for Bright Angel Lodge in an effort to provide more moderately priced lodging in contrast to El Tovar “up the hill.” She drew inspirations from many local sources in her architecture. For example the ”geologic” fireplace in the History Room featuring all of the rock layers of 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. Both are currently available as overnight accommodations.

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 Bright Angel Trail Head, the facility sees visitors from all around the world. Bright Angel Lodge also features Harvey House Café, a family-friendly restaurant serving diner classics prepared in the Fred Harvey tradition from huevos rancheros to gourmet burgers and fajitas. Fred Harvey Burger is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Another option is the Arizona Steakhouse 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, coffee house, and old-style saloon.

The Accommodations

Bright Angel has 90 lodging units ranging from cozy historic units with shared bathrooms to standard lodge rooms and historic cabins to the one of a kind “Buckey O’Neill Cabin”. Accommodations range from rustic cabins (with satellite TV and private bath) to lodge rooms (all with no television and some with a shared bath). All rooms are equipped with telephone, coffeemaker, and refrigerator. There are no microwaves. Most rooms generally have only one bed.

Note: All parking lots on the South Rim are open to all National Park visitors. There is no charge for parking with your paid entrance fee, however during peak periods of visitation, it may be necessary to park in satellite parking lots, as there is no assigned hotel parking for guests.

Rooms with canyon views are very limited and cannot be guaranteed.

There are no A/C units in these rooms or cabins.

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 Colter. Today, it is a cozy suite, with canyon views right out the front door.

Red Horse Cabin

Rehabilitated and restored, the two-room Red Horse Cabin 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 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 E.J. 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 Travel Collection® updated the cabin to today’s standards of building and comfort while maintaining historical integrity.

NOTE: All rooms are non-smoking. If you smoke in the guest room or cabin, a charge of $175 will be added. Rates are quoted on a per night basis, and based on double occupancy. Rates do not include current tax, but do include the NPS utility surcharge. Rates, taxes, and surcharges are subject to change.

Bright Angel Lodge
9 North Village Loop Drive
Grand Canyon, AZ 86023
Direct: (928) 638-2631