There’s no more splendid and majestic place on earth than the Grand Canyon. It’s a sight that’s been drawing millions of people from around the world to Arizona for over 100 years. The need to accommodate all these visitors became clear to the US government, and thus Grand Canyon Village was born. It’s located on the south rim of the canyon and is home to around 2000 residents, who primarily provide services to the millions of visitors to Grand Canyon. The historic core of the village still retains many of the buildings from the beginning of the village in the early 1900s, and as such have been designated as a National Historic Landmark District.

The historic structures that make up the village can be divided into two categories.  There are the structures that were built for retailers, and the ones built by the National Park Service. Mary Colter designed many of the building used by retailers, and most of them are still in use today. Colter’s work is legendary, with buildings such as Hopi House, Hermit's Rest, Lookout Studio, Desert View Watchtower, and Bright Angel Lodge. Colter’s influence was varied among a number of styles, such as Mission Revival architecture, Spanish Colonial Revival architecture, Pueblo Revival architecture, Streamline Moderne, American Craftsman, and Arts and Crafts Movement, which she often blended together.

What’s also great about these buildings is that many serve as fully functional places to shop, as well as to enjoy their historic value and stunning views of the canyon.  The Hopi House, for example, is one of the most recognizable buildings in the village and features both retail and museum spaces focusing on Native American crafts, jewelry, pottery, and Navajo rugs.

So when you come to visit the Grand Canyon, come for the canyon, but stay for the history and fun that is Grand Canyon Village.