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As one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the Grand Canyon is on many travelers’ bucket lists. If you’re planning your own trip, you might have noticed that the hotel options are fairly limited, but the good news is you’ll find some great vacation rentals in the area between Flagstaff, Williams, and Grand Canyon Junction. These options offer something for everyone, from the unique and budget-friendly to cozy and more upscale.
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This three-bedroom cabin-style cottage sleeps up to 10, arguably one of the nicest options you’ll find for a large group within a reasonable distance of the canyon. As it’s just minutes from the Grand Canyon Railway station, you can easily hop on one of the daily trains to the park. Historic downtown Williams is nearby which offers plenty of restaurants, bars, shops, and entertainment too. It includes a fully-equipped high-end kitchen with a Keurig coffeemaker, an open living area with high tongue-n-grove wood ceilings, a large gas fireplace and a TV with basic cable.
Just 35 minutes from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, the Tiny Haven offers an off-grid tiny home experience for up to two guests. Unique and eco-friendly, it was hand-built by the hosts and sits on 30 acres in a secluded area providing plenty of privacy. While it is “glamping” it’s more of a step above as it includes a refrigerator, gas range, oven, cookware and cutlery, along with a propane heater to keep you warm. It runs on solar power with enough to charge your devices, but there is no Wi-Fi. You will have complimentary breakfast items, coffee and tea, and supplies for making S’mores, along with an outdoor shower and a propane fire pit.
This vintage Airstream offers a glamping stay for up to four just 30 minutes from the park. It includes a memory foam full-sized bed and a roll-in mattress which can be added if needed along with a heater in the winter months. A common area within walking distance has a bathroom, kitchenette, and shower. There’s also a private outhouse adjacent to the camper for guest’s exclusive use. A complimentary self-serve organic breakfast is provided with tea/coffee, oatmeal, fruit, and hard-boiled eggs.
Inspired by the Grand Canyon’s famous Phantom Ranch cabins, the Inn History Grand Canyon is a complex of one-bedroom cabins located 45 minutes from the park. Enjoy a comfortable stay for up to four in a beautiful space with unique touches and luxurious decor that includes bar codes that can be scanned to learn more about the history of the canyon and the surrounding area. You’ll have a full kitchen, a large TV, Wi-Fi, heating, and a/c, all while being far enough from civilization for a gorgeous night sky, yet there’s a convenience store and coffee/espresso bar just around the corner.
Perfect for a couple, this one-bedroom cabin lies between Flagstaff and Williams in the town of Parks on 12 acres that back up to the Kaibab National Forest. You’ll enjoy a gorgeous view of the San Francisco Peaks and a tranquil setting that’s ideal for wildlife enthusiasts, nature lovers, and those who enjoy stargazing. It’s a perfect location for those who want to explore more of northern Arizona, an hour’s drive from the national park and less than an hour from Sedona’s renowned red rocks, while Williams is just 20 minutes away making it easy to catch the train to the canyon. You’ll have all the essentials too, like a kitchen, TV, and Wi-Fi.
This home sits on a ranch with horses (bring carrots!), just 30 minutes from the Grand Canyon. It offers magnificent mountain views and comfortably sleeps as many as eight guests in three bedrooms. There are two bathrooms, with the master including a large jetted tub and the other featuring a clawfoot tub and overhead shower. A TV is in the main room, while the den includes a small library and there are board games and toys too. Cook up meals in the fully-stocked kitchen or take advantage of the outdoor kitchen with a BBQ grill before enjoying an evening around the fire ring roasting marshmallows.
Enjoy luxurious camping in this yurt that accommodates up to eight located just 40 minutes from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. It comes with three full-size memory foam mattresses plus two individual memory foam foldable floor mattresses and a wood-burning stove to keep everyone toasty warm. There is a small kitchen area with a two-burner camping stove, French press, mini-fridge, pots/pans and basic utensils too. Just outside is an outdoor shower with hot water and a bathroom area with a compost toilet. It is totally off-grid, so you’ll want to plan on a disconnected stay although there are outlets for charging your phones.
“Copper” is an adorable travel trailer located just 30 minutes from the Grand Canyon surrounded by nature in a remote location. It’s dog-friendly and includes the basics for cooking and making coffee along with a heater and a fire pit for roasting marshmallows under those stunning starry skies.
The Grand Canyon Countryside Lodge is a 3,000-square-foot home sleeping up to 10 in three master bedrooms, all with their own bathrooms that have separate showers and tubs. Located 45 minutes from the entrance to Grand Canyon, it sits on 36 acres, providing plenty of peace and quiet and all the necessities. You’ll have two living areas, a large kitchen, dining room and outdoor dining area, along with a covered porch for relaxing with the serene views.
Located in the very remote town of Valle, just 22 minutes south of the Grand Canyon, the Old West Loft sleeps up to four, set within a building that’s an interesting mix of old and new. Enjoy a unique and peaceful space to return to after a day of outdoor adventure, with the outside perfectly fitting in with the Old West and the inside featuring modern amenities. A 50″ Smart TV for watching movies, with an extensive DVD library is included along with access to a collection of CDs and a Hi-Fidelity sound system. You’ll have a fully stocked kitchen that even includes a generous, complimentary assortment of soups, and from the front porch look forward to spectacular sunsets and incredible stargazing.
An experience for the adventurous, “Helix” isn’t for everyone, but those who enjoy the off-beat and don’t mind roughing it a bit tend to love it with comments like “best vacation ever thanks to Skooli” “amazing” and “super cool vibe.” It’s dog-friendly and only 30 minutes from the canyon while providing the opportunity to enjoy the sunrise right from bed and hit the trails before the park gets too crowded. On clear nights, the stargazing is incredible. When you’re ready for bed, there are plenty of blankets and a heater to keep you warm.
This off-grid eco-cabin is entirely fueled by the sun, located just a 30-minute drive from the Grand Canyon and the town of Williams. It sits on 14 acres of grazing land, ensuring peace and quiet, other than the occasional moo of a cow. You’ll have it all to yourself, and while there is no Wi-Fi, board games and puzzles are included. It sleeps up to five in two bedrooms and includes a kitchen with a French press for your morning coffee along with a wood-burning stove. As it’s in a remote area far from light pollution, stargazing is fantastic, and both sunrises and sunsets can be enjoyed too.
Surrounded by wilderness on 20 secluded acres just 30 minutes to the South Rim of the canyon, this three-bedroom home makes a great base for exploring the area far from the tourist crowds. Once a small family cattle ranch, it was converted into a modern vacation rental where guests can enjoy expansive views of the northern Arizona terrain and brilliant starry night’s skies. It includes central a/c, Wi-Fi, TV, a full kitchen, and a wood-burning fireplace.
A two-bedroom cabin for four, this rental has a unique history. It was built by Trans Western American Airlines (TWA) in the 1930s before being sold to a family who called it Alice’s Cabin. It’s just 23 miles from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon and sits in the host’s large backyard where you can enjoy grilling on the BBQ and relaxing after a day in the park. You’ll have all the essentials, including a full kitchen, two bathrooms, a satellite TV, and Wi-Fi.