El Tovar Hotel At The Grand Canyon

The El Tovar Hotel, also known simply as El Tovar, is a former Harvey House hotel situated directly on the south rim of the Grand Canyon in Arizona, USA. The hotel was designed by Charles Whittlesey, Chief Architect for the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway and was opened in 1905 as one of a chain of hotels and restaurants owned and operated by the Fred Harvey Company in conjunction with the Santa Fe railway.

It is at the northern terminus of the Grand Canyon Railway, which was formerly a branch of the Santa Fe. The hotel is one of only a handful of Harvey House facilities that are still in operation, and is an early example of the style that would evolve into National Park Service Rustic architecture. It was declared a National Historic Landmark on May 28, 1987.

Outside views of El Tovar Dinning Room
Rear view of El Tovar Hotel
Rim walkway near the hotel
View from the hotel
Late afternoon in winter
There are many chairs to choose from on the porch for a nice relaxing moment.
This is the prime parking lot for viewing the canyon. Often crowded, but great access.
The El Tovar Hotel is in the background, the Hopi House is on the right side of the picture.
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