A few years back when I was researching my Grand Canyon book, I was fortunate enough to spend some time with the front desk supervisor at the El Tovar Hotel. Not only did she accompany me on all my room inspections, but she also shared loads of insider information about the different types of accessible rooms in the park.
Somewhere along the way I asked her about the best time to visit Grand Canyon National Park. Her reply was immediate and to the point. “Between Thanksgiving and Christmas,” she quipped. “We have some great rates during that time, and if you’re lucky we might even get a dusting of snow.”
Although I can’t guarantee the snow, I can vouch for the good deals going on during that time. For example, the Winter Value Rate for two people at Maswik North is just $122 per night. And it’s available from November 9 through March 2, (except for Nov. 25 through Nov. 28, 2015), and Dec. 18, 2015 through Jan. 2, 2016.
If you’d like a little romance, then the El Tovar Romance Package is just what the doctor ordered. The package includes one night in a standard double or queen room, a half-bottle of wine and two glasses, a box of chocolates, and dinner for two at a fire-side or canyon-side table in the El Tovar Dining Room. The package is priced at $400, and it’s available Nov. 29 through Dec. 17, (excluding Dec. 12, 2015), and Jan. 7 through Feb. 4, (excluding Jan. 14, 2016).
Last but not least, there’s the Grand Canyon Escape Package, which features a street-side room at Kachina Lodge or Thunderbird Lodge for $211, or a canyon-side room at either property for $221. The package also includes breakfast two at the Bright Angel Restaurant, a West Rim motorcoach tour for two, and a discount in the gift shop. It’s available Nov. 29 through Dec. 17, 2015 and Jan. 3 through Feb. 11, 2016.
I should also add that I checked out all of the accessible rooms at the above properties for my book, and the access features and amenities vary from property to property. For that reason it’s best to call central reservations at (888) 297-2757 to book an accessible room package, instead of booking it online. That way the reservation agent can describe the different types of accessible rooms available, and if they can’t answer your access questions they will contact someone at the property who can.
Additionally the bus tour in the Grand Canyon Escape package is wheelchair-accessible, but 48 hours notice is required to reserve a space.
So think about a winter getaway in Grand Canyon National Park. It’s gorgeous with a dusting of snow, and you just can’t beat these rates. For more information visit www.grandcanyonlodges.com