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Grand Canyon-North Rim; meals if staying in a cabin

In early September, a friend and I will be staying in a Frontier Cabin at the Grand Canyon's North Rim. We already have dinner reservations each night at the lodge. I'm interested in hearing from others who have stayed in a cabin at the North Rim: what did you do about breakfast and lunch?

Posted by
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There are a couple of 'fast food' type places right there. A cafeteria style place, a coffee shop, and I think a burger place. It was about 10 years ago so I don't remember exactly but we were there two nights and didn't eat in the main lodge but had no trouble finding places to eat. I do remember the coffee shop as I was passing it before the stated opening time (on my way to see sunrise) and the guy came out and told me the coffee was ready if I wanted some.

Posted by
12487 posts

Yep, we've stayed at a Frontier Cabin at the North Rim but our breakfasts and lunches were of a hiker's supply of granola bars, fruit, jerky, gorp, etc. out of a cooler we brought with us. Honestly? The N.R. is NOT a destination for diners. It's all about the view...which is great! Deli in the Pines was marginal if one had to use it, although I haven't eaten there recently. It's currently not open early in the morning.

https://www.nps.gov/places/000/deli-in-the-pines.htm

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12197 posts

The Forever Resorts webpage says Deli in the Pines opens at 6 am and has some hot foods available at breakfast. This conflicts with the information Kathy posted, and I know she is very knowledgeable about the area. So I suggest you call them and ask.

https://www.grandcanyonforever.com/dining

These days, carrying a cooler with your own food for breakfast and lunch is always a good idea.

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12487 posts

Great idea, Lola. I figured the NPS website would be current but you never know! Give 'em a buzz.

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12197 posts

I’d say the NPS site is more likely to be current than Forever Resorts (the North Rim concessioner); they have struggled to keep their websites current with the huge demand this year. But I also saw a recent example where the NPS information about food services at the South Rim was not completely up to date . . . . So it is best to call the source, and then still have a backup plan in case things change.

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Many thanks for your replies. Given we are flying into Las Vegas with carryon luggage only then renting a car, our plan is to stop at St. George, Utah to buy an inexpensive cooler and groceries (snacks, breakfast bars, bread, and ingredients for sandwiches). I just called the North Rim's General Store to confirm that they sell ice. We'll rely on those groceries for breakfast and lunch and use Deli in the Pines as a backup. Have dinner reservations at the North Rim Lodge every night.

Posted by
8241 posts

"buy an inexpensive cooler"

Just make sure you get something more substantial than one of the cheap styrofoam coolers as they are squeaky and leaky, lol. The noise alone can drive you nuts!

Posted by
12197 posts

I contacted the lodge and confirmed that the Deli in the Pines opens at 6:30 am for breakfast.

Enjoy your stay—- I love the North Rim!

Posted by
12487 posts

Excellent news, Lola!
OMG, you are right on about styro coolers, Pam! That squeaking is like nails on a blackboard.

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25735 posts

in addition to which styrofoam is exceedingly bad for the environment