Southwest and Spirit offer nonstop flights from BWI Marshall to Las Vegas, which is about 200 miles from Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah. US Airways and United offer nonstop flights to Las Vegas from Reagan National and Washington Dulles, respectively.
Boulder Mountain Lodge
20 N. Hwy. 12
A collection of comfortable buildings adjacent to the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and Dixie National Forest. Rooms from $135 in high season. Luxury suites, which sleep up to four, are $295.
Phantom Ranch, Grand Canyon
Cabin reservations are first-come, first-served, with bookings taken on the first of each month, up to 13 months in advance. Rustic bunkhouse-style log cabins, with showers in a separate building. Communal breakfast and dinner. Dorm beds are $48.03, four-person cabins $137.69.
Breakfast is $21.03, a sack lunch $13.07, steak dinner $45.81, stew or veggie dinner $29.84.
Bright Angel Lodge
South Rim, Grand Canyon
On the canyon rim, rustic and old-fashioned but cozy. Standard lodge room with shared bath $83.25, with private bath $94.25. Cabins from $120.25.
Hell’s Backbone Grill
At Boulder Mountain Lodge
A celebrated destination restaurant. Reservations highly recommended for dinner. Entrees from $18.
The Buffalo Grill
9065 W. Highway 9
Mount Carmel, Utah
Charmingly rustic restaurant with food that leans toward high comfort. Dishes from $11.
Grand Canyon Village
Historic photo studio run by Kolb family for 61 years, now chiefly a bookstore and exhibit space, is open year-round. Summer hours 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., otherwise 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free.
There are several free guided ranger talks daily within Grand Canyon National Park on subjects from canyon geology to ghost stories. Most take place around Grand Canyon Village and the South Rim, but there are also seasonal locations at other spots, such as the North Rim and the Bright Angel Campground at the bottom of the canyon.