Grand Canyon at Mather Point
Although not convenient for “hub & spoke” touring, I’d be remiss if I did not also mention that group accommodations during the springtime are also easy to come by in Grand Canyon Village, within walking distance of the canyon’s magnificent South Rim. Both the Yavapai and Maswik Lodges offer clean, comfortable and reasonably priced, motel-style units.
Even though the Grand Canyon National Park is easily reached on a day trip from either Sedona or Flagstaff, staying inside the park allows more time for guests to explore on their own, witness the sunrise or sunset over the canyon, ride the complimentary shuttle trip to Hermit’s Rest or simply contemplate the splendors of nature.
Also in the neighborhood are several other attractions that are surely worth including in your itinerary. Located east of the canyon and north of Flagstaff, the historic Cameron Trading Post is a landmark in the Navajo Nation.
Next, don’t miss the splendid and easily accessible Ancentral Puebloan ruins of Wupatki National Monument. South of Flagstaff, one can follow the beautiful scenic drive through Oak Creek Canyon on State Route 89A en route to Sedona.
Alternately, Montezuma Castle National Monument can be reached via I-17. Then it’s an easy drive north to Sedona via State Route 179.
Grand Canyon from the South Rim
Another view of the canyon
Wupatki National Monument