Grand Canyon Village Real Estate & Community Information

Grand Canyon Village Real Estate & Community Information

Grand Canyon Village is located in Coconino County, Arizona on the south rim of the Grand Canyon.  It is located in Grand Canyon National Park and is home to some 2000 residents.  The primary purpose of the village is to accommodate tourists visiting from around the world. The village can trace its roots back to 1901 when the railroad came to the South Rim of the canyon.  The historic core of the village contains many buildings from that period and is designated as a National Historic Landmark District.

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Shopping & Dining

Of course, being a community focused on the Grand Canyon, you’re going to find stores focused on the needs of those who come to enjoy this extraordinary place.  Whether you’re looking for souvenirs, gifts, Native American items or hiking gear, you’ll find what you’re looking for.  One such store is the historic Hopi House which opened in 1905 and designed by Mary E.J. Colter, who was a renowned architect at the time. It’s 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. Mary E.J. Colter went on to design other outstanding landmarks.  In 1914 she designed Lookout Studio which offers spectacular views due to being built right on the edge of the rim.  They sell Grand Canyon themed photography and books, along with other unique gifts.  Other historic places to shop are Hermits Rest and Kolb Studio.

What could be better than eating amazing food while enjoying the splendor of the scenery?  There are a number of outstanding dining choices in Grand Canyon Village.  The El Tovar Lodge Dining Room is a dining experience you won’t soon forget. You’ll enjoy their signature classics such as Prime Rib Hash or Salmon Tostada, all set in a spectacular dining room made from native stone and Oregon pine. You can imagine dining with famous people from the past who graced this historic restaurant, such as Presidents Teddy Roosevelt and Bill Clinton, as well as Sir Paul McCartney. You’ll also find a nice variety of choices in other restaurants in Grand Canyon Village, such as Phantom Ranch, Grand Canyon Lodge Dining Room, and Arizona Room, to name a few.

Grand Canyon Village Historic District

Grand Canyon Village Historic District is the historic center of Grand Canyon Village.  It is made up of numerous structures, many of themselves being National Historic Landmarks or listed in National Register of Historic Places.  The National Park Service planned the village originally for tourism in the early 20th century. The El Tovar Hotel and the Bright Angel Lodge were the first facilities in the village.  Further development was initiated in the following years. The initial buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places was in 1975, when 39 buildings were listed.  25 more buildings were added in 1982.

Historic structures can be divided into two categories: the fancy structures built by retailers,  many of which Mary E.J. Colter designed, and the National Park Service Rustic architecture which was built for administration and housing purposes. Some of the historic staples of the village are The El Tovar Hotel, The Bright Angel Lodge, The Lookout Studio, Hopi House, and The Grand Canyon Power House, among others.


The educational needs of the village are handled by the Grand Canyon Unified School District. Grades K-8 attend Grand Canyon Elementary School, while grades 9-12 attend Grand Canyon High School.

Contact Information

The Gary Nelson Group
Realty Executives of Flagsaff
15 E. Cherry Ave. Suite 101
Flagstaff AZ 86001
Direct: 928-225-3510
Office: 928-773-9300
Fax: 928-774-1102