The desert southwest has long been a place where hard work and determination were not only likely indicators of business success, but of basic human survival. Climate extremes ranging from -10° to 125°, years of drought followed by months of torrential rains, roads that were virtually non-existent and the lack of established communities meant that visitors and homesteaders in the region were for the most part on their own. The native peoples, like the Hopi, Navajo, Zuni, Pueblo, Anasazi, and Santo Domingo scratched out meager lives by trapping, fishing, growing corn or wheat when they could, and trading with the new immigrants who were bold enough to venture into one of the most desolate reaches of the southwest.
To say the area in and around the Grand Canyon was remote is an understatement. The vast expanse of the Canyon alone made it difficult to get from the north to the south, and the paths down into the Canyon were winding and steep. Yet, in 1911, a few hardy souls constructed a suspension bridge across the Little Colorado River Gorge, which opened the area to travelers and locals alike. A few years later, brothers Hubert and C.D. Richardson came to Arizona in search of fortune and seeing great opportunity, opened the Cameron Trading Post. That first adventure into the wilds of the Grand Canyon brought together Hopi and Navajo traders who came laden with blankets, wool and farm animals to barter for such goods as coffee, beans and weapons. Traders would travel for days to reach the Trading Post and the Richardson’s, smart hosts that they were, offered to let travelers stay the night and served them a hearty meal or two before sending them on their way.
Word of this new outpost traveled quickly, providing necessary provisions for the rugged inhabitants of the Grand Canyon while at the same time creating a market for beautiful handcrafted pottery, jewelry, beadwork and leather goods. Today, the Cameron Trading Post is a bustling center of Grand Canyon activity, including a premier Lodge, RV Park, Gift Shop and Native American artifact museum and gallery. Still run by descendants of the Richardson brothers, Cameron Trading Post has earned its reputation of being the finest purveyors of Grand Canyon lodging, delicious dining, and one-stop shopping for all your Native American art or decorating items.
The Cameron Trading Post Lodge has been offering overnight accommodations to travelers since it opened nearly 100 years ago. From well appointed lodge rooms to extravagant luxury suites, the Grand Canyon Hotel, Lodge and RV Park is the perfect end-of-the-day respite when visiting the wonders of the Grand Canyon. Located just 30 minutes from the East Entrance to the Grand Canyon South Rim, a stay at the Cameron Trading Post offers convenient lodging in one of the most scenic settings imaginable. Balconies open to panoramic views of the Little Colorado River and the Grand Canyon beyond. The Native American decor is authentic and rustic, yet comfortable and inviting. The Hotel’s restaurant offers culinary masterpieces that echo the southwestern flavor of the region and delight all your senses. Bringing your RV to the Canyon? The Lodge offers affordable sites with full electrical hookups just moments away from the awe-inspiring views of the Grand Canyon.
Interested in Acoma pottery or Navajo sandpainting? Visit the Trading Post’s Gift Shop and Art Gallery. Gorgeous baskets, rich weavings and elegant wood carvings are but a few of the Native American temptations that entice you to come back again and again. Tribal artisans display their works of art alongside the staples that have long made the Cameron Trading Post a premier destination near the Grand Canyon, including wool blankets and turquoise jewelry. Decorators will love the rustic wood furnishings, silver and gold accessories, and colorful pottery that define the quintessential southwestern home.
Cameron Trading Post was founded on the principles of providing everything the western traveler needs, from cowboy hats to tack for the horses. Today the Trading Post Market continues to offer these western basics and so much more! Not your average souvenir shop, the Market carries a full line of domestic items for the discriminating Native American enthusiast. From delicious homemade salsas to fine Navajo rugs, make the Cameron Trading Post Market your first choice in Grand Canyon shopping.
No trip to the Trading Post would be complete without a stroll through their lush, desert garden. To many a visitor’s delight, the Trading Post Garden is not all cactus and agaves, despite its rustic locale. Meandering sandstone paths are lined with elegant roses and colorful blooms from dozens of stunning varieties of plants while graceful trees and boughs of honeysuckle provide comfortable niches from which to enjoy the magnificent views of the scenic Little Colorado River Gorge. This dazzling gem of a garden is the perfect spot for any special occasion, from weddings to birthday parties. See firsthand the grandeur of the Canyon from this beautiful oasis nestled peacefully against the multicolored cliffs surrounding the Cameron Trading Post.
Cameron Trading Post is located on Highway 89, midway between the east entrance to Grand Canyon National Park and the Hopi Mesas. Located within a short drive of refreshing Lake Powell, the Sunset Crater Volcano, Wupatki National Monument, and dramatic Monument Valley, Cameron Trading Post is the perfect stop on your next Arizona vacation.
* Cameron Trading Post is not included in any tour