My husband and I are planning a trip to Utah NPs this Sept (2018) and want to include Grand Canyon South Rim. Looks like we would be heading to GCSR after Monument Valley on Sept 18. Checking out on Sept 21 and driving to Phoenix airport. Very expensive lodging left for those dates. Lowest cost I found is Grand Canyon Plaza Hotel. Mixed reviews. Hope it is OK. Reviews do agree it is close to GCSR. Any opinions on this hotel?
We will have all day Wed, Sept 19, and Thu, Sept 20, to spend at GCSR. I am also considering visit to Monument Valley Wed, 9/19, then driving to GCSR (add another day back into our Utah NP plan) which would mean we'd have some time after getting to GCSR on 9/19 and all day 9/20.
I read responses to a forum poster who asked how to see the most at GCSR during a bit shorter timeframe (about 2 half days). Suggestions were (I'm copying and pasting the info I read) to enter the park through the east entrance at Desert View Watchtower, and stop at all the viewpoints along the way to the village.
For sunset, just walk east along the rim from the Hopi House along the Trail of Time.
Next morning, highly recommended getting up early (or just after sunrise) and getting the shuttle bus (there is a hikers express at 7am & 8am) to the South Kaibab Trailhead. Hike down to either Ooh Aah Point or (preferably) Cedar Ridge (3 miles total roundtrip) or Skeleton Point (6 miles total). Early morning and the views of the canyon IMO are some of the BEST in the canyon. You will NOT be disappointed, and you will be glad you made the extra effort. Bring water and some snacks too.
This sounds like a good plan if we add a day back to the Utah NP plan. Any other suggestions on the best use of our time at GCSR? And, do we need to keep that extra day in GCSR plan?