Cameron Trading Post – Grand Canyon and Navajo tacos

Cameron Trading Post, ArizonaWhether you are on your way to the Grand Canyon or to Tuba City, Arizona, you’ll encounter the historic Cameron Trading post along Highways 89 and 64. It’s a traditional stop for many. You’ll love the Navajo tacos in the restaurant, the shopping and, if you want to linger awhile, you can actually stay at the Grand Canyon Lodge on the premises.

History
The Cameron Trading Post is located on the banks of the Little Colorado River.  In 1911 a suspension bridge was built across the river, allowing people to cross easily to the other side. This opened up traffic and trade and the Trading Post was constructed. The owners traded with the Hopi and Navajo people.

As travel became easier, visitors began to stop by the trading post on their way to the Grand Canyon.

The Trading Post Today
Today, the Cameron Trading Post has grown to include a gift shop, the restaurant, a RV Park and the Lodge. You can still see the original historic buildings and peer over the edge of the canyon to see the Little ColoradoCameron Trading Post, Arizona River.

You’ll get a sense of what the historic trading post was like as you wander through the gift shop and visit the store. But don’t expect the Trading Post to look like it did in days of old. You’ll find a thriving souvenir business and a busy restaurant when the tour buses pull in.

For a look at true Southwest history, visit the Cameron Trading Post Gallery. The art gallery houses a great collection of old West memorabilia and Southwest Indian art. You’ll find pottery, Navajo rugs and more. These are not tourist items. This collection is a cut above what you might find in the souvenir section of the trading post. This is where collectors browse and shop.

Lodge
The Grand Canyon Lodge has single rooms, double rooms and suites. All are decorated in simple Southwest decor.  Amenities include  telephone, cable TV, coffee maker, and A/C in a cozy, garden setting.  The Grand Canyon hotel lodge is only 30 minutes from the Grand Canyon park entrance and only 80 miles from Lake Powell!  This central location makes a perfect hub for travelers to enjoy all that a hotel near the Grand Canyon has to offer while avoiding high prices.

Worth a Stop
The Cameron Trading Post is always worth a stop. Plan to arrive at lunchtime and enjoy a Navajo taco, walk over to the river and enjoy the shops. It’s a great place to stretch your legs before you reach your destination.

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Cameron Trading Post

Photo Credit: Elizabeth R. Rose

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