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We had traveled like misers; including, couch surfing with friends to packing picnic lunches to avoid eating out for the days leading up to our arrival at The Grand Canyon, knowing full well that that this is where we would be emptying our pockets. And the sacrifice was worth it.
The interior of the lodge was a cozy, dark stained, thick hunting lodge theme with mounted buffalo head above the entrance to greet arriving guest.
We had a birds eye view of the canyon from our room.
There are multiple, grand porches, decked in rockers beckoning visitors to relax and watch the sun rise and or set above the canyon.