Hotel at a Glance: Grand Canyon Ranch
A stay at Grand Canyon Ranch can feel like you’ve stepped back in time to the Old West. When night falls on the working ranch, guests can gather around a campfire to make s’mores or listen to live banjo and guitar performances with Spirit Mountain in the backdrop. Surprise strummers have even included Richie Sambora of Bon Jovi.
- Notable award: TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence in 2013
- Savor home-cooked meals at an Old West–themed restaurant that hosts live guitar music on select nights.
- Rustic log cabins are trimmed with natural wood, antique bathtubs, and Western accents, such as old-fashioned wagon wheels, saddles, and portraits of Yosemite Sam.
- Optional excursions include wagon rides, professional wrangling demonstrations, and helicopter flights that cross the Grand Canyon from Heli USA Airways.
- Viva Las Vegas: The Strip is only about a two-hour drive away.<p>
Meadview, Arizona: Desert Landscape Surrounded by Red Rock Canyons
Grand Canyon West, a tourist destination owned by the Hualapai Nation, is just 15 miles east of Grand Canyon Ranch. Although the area is not a part of Grand Canyon National Park, it showcases similarly breathtaking views of striated red rock canyons and the Colorado River. Some of the best views are visible from the Skywalk, a U-shaped glass bridge suspended 4,000 feet above the canyon floor. While here, hike to scenic vistas or take a walking tour of authentic Native American dwellings, where you’ll see live performances.
Drive about two hours east to get to the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Largemouth and striped bass and bluegill crowd the lake’s waters, making it an ideal spot for canoeing, picnicking, and fishing.<p>