Located just a short drive from the South Rim entrance of the Grand Canyon National Park in Tusayan, Arizona, Red Feather Lodge is a clean, comfortable option with all the basic amenities and more. Take advantage of the free, in season park shuttle to make your transit to the Grand Canyon a breeze, and enjoy their friendly hospitality when you’re back at the hotel. From free coffee to an outdoor heated pool, Red Feather Lodge has everything you could ask for in a budget-friendly hotel within one mile of the Grand Canyon.
Red Feather Lodge Ambiance
Family-owned and operated since the 1960s, Red Feather Lodge has long been a handy option for Grand Canyon stay that doesn’t come with the price tag of staying in the park itself. It’s within a mere mile of the South Rim entrance and about a 15 minute drive from Grand Canyon Village Visitor Center and its many resources. It’s a convenient and cozy lodging option with excellent customer service and is a smart choice for traveling families.
Red Feather Lodge combines a motel and a hotel with its two different buildings. The motel was the original construction at mid-century, while the hotel was added much later. The overall vibe is rustic without being dated, consonant with many of the hotels in and around the Grand Canyon region that aspire to an American Southwest aesthetic amidst older construction.
Red Feather Lodge Rooms
As mentioned above, Red Feather Lodge is comprised of two distinct buildings, constructed at different times. The hotel portion near the front of the complex is more modern and more spacious, but both sections are comfortable and convenient. All together, there are 260 available rooms, including two suites for extended stay guests.
The motel portion is two stories tall, featuring exterior access. Rooms are available with either two queen beds or one king bed, able to accommodate up to four guests. Rooms also provide basic amenities such as a clock radio, telephone, TV, in-room coffee maker, and hair dryer. Motel rooms are also pet-friendly, subject to a modest pet deposit. It is also possible to reserve smoking rooms exclusively in the motel portion of Red Feather Lodge. Rooms here have been recently renovated.
The hotel portion is of newer construction, with four stories featuring interior corridors and elevators. Available rooms include either two queen-sized beds or one king-sized bed, fitting up to five guests. Amenities here are a bit more extensive, including everything available in the motel rooms as well as a refrigerator and microwave (the latter in king rooms only). There is free wi-fi in all guest rooms in both portions.
Rooms in both sections are decorated with a Southwestern vibe, featuring warm colors with palates of red, brown, and gold predominating. Furniture is constructed of a warm wood, with bedding in similar colors. The beds themselves are cozy and soft, with guests reporting a peaceful night’s sleep. Featured artwork focuses on the Grand Canyon and its many natural wonders.
There are also two available suites for extended stay guests. One is located in each half of the lodging, but both feature essentially the same amenities. The motel one-room suite is perhaps the best for those staying a longer time, as it offers a kitchenette in addition to a microwave and refrigerator. The hotel two-room suite offers only a microwave and refrigerator. Both suites include a king-sized bed, and free cable TV and wi-fi.
Red Feather Lodge Amenities
As far as dining goes, you have an abundance of options for such a small town as Tusayan. Red Feather Lodge has one restaurant on the property – the Plaza Bonita, which serves tasty Tex Mex and American cuisine during lunch and dinner with a buffet breakfast. There is also a diversity of dining options within easy walking or driving distance of, from a McDonalds across the street to a lovely yet affordable steakhouse up the road a bit. Deal Alert: show your room key at Plaza Bonita or RP’s Stage Shop (an internet café / gift shop) for a 10% discount!
Complimentary tea and coffee is available in the lobby around the clock, and there’s even a small grocery store in town for those looking to save a bit on dining expenses.
The lodging also features on-property laundry, an ATM, ample guest parking (with spaces for buses and RVs as well), and a delightful seasonal outdoor pool and spa – both heated! Red Feather Lodge also offers extensive tour planning resources and information, making your Grand Canyon excursions a bit simpler. There’s even a free National Park shuttle service that runs from Tusayan to the Grand Canyon!
Tusayan is incredibly close to the South Rim entrance of the Grand Canyon Park (a mere couple of miles south), and as such, is almost entirely devoted to serving Grand Canyon travelers.
The most significant attraction in town is the National Geographic Visitor’s Center, an unofficial venue that provides one of the most important introductions to the Grand Canyon in the form of a fascinating IMAX Movie – “ Grand Canyon: The Hidden Secrets.” This 34-minute film is a must for first-time visitors, and kids in particular will be amazed. There are also a number of tour companies that run from Tusayan, including Pink Jeep Tours, Papillon Helicopters and Maverick Helicopter Tours.