It all started in 1956 as a result of the “Mission 66” initiative outlined by the National Park Service (NPS). Mission 66 was a ten-year program that was intended to provide more and better tourist facilities by 1966, in time for the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Park Service. As a result of this initiative Yavapai Lodge was the first new construction undertaken by the Harvey Co.
The first phase of Yavapai Lodge a ninety-six room modern motel complex, nestled amid a pinon and juniper forest near the canyon rim was completed in 1958 and it’s sixty-four room second phase was completed in 1962.
The third phase of motel units, as well as the Babbitt Store (now Canyon Village Market/Deli) post office and bank were completed in 1972.
Today with 358 rooms Yavapai Lodge comprised of 16 basic one and two story buildings and the newly remodeled main lodge is the largest complex in Grand Canyon National Park. It is divided into two sections, Yavapai West and Yavapai East.
The Main Lodge consists of a lobby, check in, Lodge Restaurant, Tavern, Coffee Shop and Gift Shop is the perfect place to start your adventure, relax and recharge.
Yavapai East is 6 two-story buildings offering our newest guestrooms and features modern amenities, including air conditioning.
Yavapai West is 10 single-story mid-century modern buildings from the heyday of Route 66. These rooms do NOT have air conditioning, but contain a ceiling fan to help keep you cool.
Yavapai West is the only accommodations in Grand Canyon that has a number of pet-friendly rooms suitable for travelers with four-legged friends.
Since the Canyon is so remote there is limited cell and internet services. The Main Lodge area offers free wifi connection, however it is a shared service so it can be slow at times. There is no wifi service in any of the Yavapai rooms, this provides the perfect time to unplug and learn about a different form of “tweets” provided by nature.
Considering the hustle and bustle generally found at high-volume service buildings within National Parks, the scene at Yavapai is extremely quiet and peaceful by comparison