When you stay at the Red Feather Lodge in Grand Canyon, Arizona, the main attraction is, of course, Grand Canyon National Park. However, there are dozens of fun things do and unique attractions near the Grand Canyon within easy reach of our affordable, family-friendly hotel. While many require a couple hours of driving, such as Slide Rock State Park, Meteor Crater and Monument Valley, they are definitely worth the trip. Below, we've listed information on those and other impressive Arizona attractions.
Shop at R.P.'s Stage Stop (within walking distance)
Located within walking distance of the hotel, this gift shop offers original Native American handcrafted jewelry, apparel, gifts, books and novelty items. It is also a small cozy upbeat Internet Café with specialty coffee’s and made to order sandwiches. Internet service is available for a small fee. It's a great place to take a break, catch your breath and relax before continuing your vacation. Show your Red Feather room key for a 10% discount. View R.P.'s website.
IMAX Theater at the National Geographic Visitor Center (within walking distance)
Go beyond the rim and see Grand Canyon-The Hidden Secrets on a giant 6 story high screen. In only 34 minutes, you will discover a Grand Canyon that would take a lifetime to experience. Ask for a discount coupon at the Red Feather Lodge front desk.
Air & Ground Tours of Grand Canyon (1 mile)
There is a wide variety of Grand Canyon air and ground tour adventures. Helicopter tours are available from Grand Canyon Airport, only one mile from the hotel. Back country historic Jeep Tours of the area to the edge of Grand Canyon. Visit our Packages and Specials page for more information.
Grand Canyon Visitor Center
Stop by the Grand Canyon Visitor Center before exploring the area. They offer maps, brochures and expert information, along with fascinating exhibits.
Bright Angel Bikes offers bike rentals and guided bike rides through the park, including rides along the rim.
Experience animal wildlife the way it was meant to be, in a natural environment, all from the comfort and safety of your own vehicle. Your family will enjoy our wide variety of wildlife, from majestic bison and nimble big horn sheep to stealthy wolves and adorable bear cubs. For more information, visit bearizona.com.
Experience great skiing in the winter, great hiking in the summer and great colors in the fall at the Arizona Snowbowl. Situated on the spectacular San Francisco Peaks, the Arizona Snowbowl is only 70 miles from the Grand Canyon. Enjoy picture-postcard views of the Peaks via the Scenic Skyride, which is in operation from Memorial Day weekend through mid-October. For more information, visit arizonasnowbowl.com.
Museum of Northern Arizona (80 miles)
When it was founded eight decades ago, the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff was known for its Native American artifacts and natural history specimens from the Colorado Plateau. Today, you can enjoy innumerable anthropology, biology, geology and fine art exhibits. For more information, visit musnaz.org.
In its day, some 800 years ago, Wupatki towered above the other indian pueblos. Home to about 100 people, Wupatki was also the wealthiest and highly influential. Experience this fascinating national monument located on the Colorado Plateau. For more information about one of the best things to do near the Grand Canyon, visit nps.gov/wupa.
From an eruption of lava nearly one thousand years ago at Sunset Crater Volcano, visitors today are treated to a truly amazing sight. The lava oxidized red and yellow, leaving behind an incredibly bright permanent "sunset" around the crater. For more information about this top Grand Canyon, Arizona area tourist attraction, visit nps.gov/sucr.
Sedona is situated in a unique geological area that has mesmerized tourists for decades. Indeed, this picturesque city is surrounded by beloved red-rock monoliths named Coffeepot, Cathedral, Bell and even Snoopy because their massive shapes resemble these distinctive objects. Also, the site of this memorable city marks the mouth of unbelievably beautiful Oak Creek Canyon, a breathtaking chasm that even today, is wildly wonderful.
Located in Oak Creek Canyon is Slide Rock State Park. Enjoy swimming, picnicking, bird watching, fishing, exploring the nature trail, playing volleyball court and picking apples (in season, of course). The park is also close to several Coconino National Forest campgrounds and hiking trails. A Red Rock State Pass is required for parking within the State Park For more information, visit azparks.gov.
Meteor Crater is no ordinary hole in desert southwest. It is the best-preserved meteorite impact site on earth! It measures almost a mile wide and 570 feet deep. Apollo astronauts once trained here. Located 35 miles east of Flagstaff on I-40. For more information visit meteorcrater.com.
There aren't many lakes like Lake Powell. At 187 miles long, it's the second largest man-made lake in country. In the summer, it's a joy to swim in as temperatures near 80 degrees. And if you like to fish, you'll have a field day as game fish are plentiful. For more information, visit lakepowellmag.com.
Valley of the rocks, located near the four corners area, is a region made up of a cluster of vast sandstone buttes, the largest reaching 1,000 ft. above the valley floor. The most majestic and most photographed points on earth. For more information visit navajonationparks.org.
A trip to Petrified Forest National Park will be a most eventful one-to say the least. First of all, you'll see sections of the gorgeous Painted Desert. Then there are the fossils which are 225 million years old. And, of course, there's the world's most comprehensive collection of petrified wood. For more information about one of Arizona's top attractions, visit nps.gov.
Friendly, courteous service near the Grand Canyon National Park South Rim Entrance