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Come for the Run! Stay for the Adventure!

We are excited you have decided to join us for the Grand Canyon Trail Half Marathon. 2019 marks 100 years of service in the Grand Canyon for the National Park Service and the first year of us hosting this Grand Event.  

Each week I plan to bring you a short story and introduce you to our wonderful community.

Please don't hesitate to ask questions along the way.

Grand Canyon Trail Half Marathon
Did you say Tusayan? 

Yes - I did. Tusayan is a wonderful community that rests just outside of the Grand Canyon South Rim Entrance Station. It is surrounded by the Grand Canyon National Park and the Kaibab National Forrest. Tusayan is not Tucson they are over 300 miles apart and very different.

So how did Tusayan (Hopi word) develop you ask? In the early 1930's RP (Bob) Thurston bought the only private land available around the Grand Canyon and moved his family there. His wife, Bess, bought property adjacent to his which is now where the Grand Canyon National Park Airport Stands. Prior to the move RP lived in Williams and owned a service station, garage, car dealership and hotel. RP was also the Mayor of Williams and was "framed for bootlegging" - he served 6 months in Prescott county jail - all the while maintaining his position as Mayor. He was then re-elected in 1932.

The first businesses in Tusayan opened in 1956-1957 and consisted of a Shell Station and the Tusayan Steak House. In 1964 the construction of Red Feather Lodge was complete and RP's son Bill and his wife Bonnie came to the area to operate. This was the first lodge located outside of the Grand Canyon National Park. Bonnie and Bill had three children John, Bess and Clarinda - who are still involved in local businesses today.

Marathon note...The original dirt road from Williams to the Grand Canyon followed the railroad tracks - Your Grand Canyon Trail Half Marathon course will weave in and out of the railroad tracks. Later RP convinced the state to put Highway 64 right down the center of his property line giving him business fronts on both sides of the highway.

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Where to Stay?
We have 6 Hotels/Motels located in Tusayan where the event will take place.
Red Feather Lodge - yep RP's legacy is still open an operated by the family.  This remodeled family friendly option can offer all the comforts of home - enjoy a beautiful grand entrance, fully remodeled rooms, a workout room, and laundry.
Grand Canyon Holiday Inn Express and Suites is our only local hotel that includes breakfast.  30 beautiful suites are also available. They have an indoor pool and hot tub. 
The Grand Hotel is the only 3-diamond hotel in the region and one of the few area hotels with an indoor heated swimming pool and hot tub. 
Grand Canyon Plaza Hotel  beautiful rooms recently remodeled with a gorgeous atrium and an incredible mural as you enter the lobby. They also host a local favorite The Wagon Wheel Saloon. They have an indoor  hot tub.
Best Western Premier Grand Canyon Squire Inn  This resort style property boasts a newly renovated indoor / outdoor pool and hot tub, indoor arcade and a bowling alley.  A little side note - all the photo's in the hotel are different - each hallway and every room - all tell a story about the Grand Canyon.
7-Mile Lodge If you decide to stay at the last minute 7-Mile Lodge is perfect - they accept same day bookings only.  This cute Lodge will provide you a welcoming local feel.
Want to be closer to the Rim? As of today they have availability at:
Maswik LodgeMaswik is named for a Hopi Kachina who is said to guard the Grand Canyon. Originally cabins - in 1972 and 1981 the cabins where replaced with 2 story buildings. Maswik North is currently open - Maswik South is currently under construction.
Yavapai Lodge - The largest set of accommodations within Grand Canyon National park located just 1/2 mile from the Rim. Rooms have been recently updated and the Yavapai Tavern now has outdoor seating and on many weekends live music.
Other hotels within the South Rim but currently not showing availability... keep in mind people do cancel so it may be worth checking.
El TovarThis 1905 Historic property will have you staying right on the Rim. 78 rooms and history like none other!
Bright Angel Lodge - This 1935 landmark hotel / cabins were designed and created by the famous architect Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter. While there be sure to check out the history of Mary Colter and the famous Fred Harvey and the Fred Harvey Girls.
Kachina Lodge - Kachina is a contemporary Lodge located on the Rim.  Half the rooms have partial Grand Canyon views.
Thunderbird Lodge - Thunderbird is another contemporary Lodge located on the Rim.  Half the rooms have partial Grand Canyon views.
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