Have you been to the Grand Canyon National Park? If so, its likely you did not experience the local indigenous culture and did not hear the stories of what Grand Canyon means to the local Navajos. We aspire to revitalize the Navajo culture by offering a unique bed & breakfast experience combined with the powerful beauty of the Little Colorado River.
- Check in: After 3PM
- Check out: Before 10PM
- Cancellation policy: Flexible
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 9 months out Weeknight discount: 10% off
Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
Lake Powell is a great place to go boating.
Lake Powell, Oak Creek, Marble Canyon, and Lake Mary are some spots to go fishing.
Big Hogan has some places to hike and the Grand Canyon has more trails to explore.
Lake Powell is a great place to swim. Beautiful too.
Natural features you'll find at Rustic Glamping #2 - Grand Canyon in Arizona.
If you stayed here and have some insider info for us, let us know!
Camping on Alberta's property was fantastic! The yurt/tent was great and came with a propane heater and the beds were super comfy. Everything was just as described. There was even a chance to see some pictographs painted on a canyon wall thousands of years ago. We were only able to stay one night but would love to come back.
Loved this beautiful place!
Alberta's place was one of my very favorite places that I stayed on a 3 week road trip. It is beautiful and peaceful. I actually ended up staying in the wooden Hogan as the weather had been a little crazy and Alberta thought I would be more comfortable there. The Hogan was very cozy and the bed was comfortable and warm with many blankets. Alberta hooked up a heater for me to use as needed.
I had no trouble finding the place and Alberta's instructions were clear for what to do upon arrival. She met me right when I arrived, bringing the Navajo tacos I had ordered and a thermos of hot water and tea bags. The Navajo tacos were delicious and I was very happy to have some hot tea too!
The land was beautiful and I took many walks while there. I was a solo camper and felt completely safe. There is a locked gate to get in and out of her place. I found myself relaxed, smiling and at peace while there. I described the place with the title of an Atz Kilcher song: "Spirit filled Air."
I highly recommend taking Alberta's tour. Alberta talks about her family, the history of the Navajo people and their traditions. She showed me various plants and berries and what they were used for. There is a great view point on her land which she takes you to called Elk Point. You can see for miles! And then there are the pictographs which are really cool to see. The area with the pictographs is a very peaceful, magical spot.
Alberta is a friendly, thoughtful and sweet person. I really enjoyed talking to her. I give this place 6 stars out of 5! I was sad to leave.
This glamping experience was so so worth it. First of all, the land felt as sacred and special as one would expect and the Dineh tour was beautiful and eye-opening. Regarding the actual accomodations, if you enjoy camping, this is a luxury camping experience complete with one of the best stargazing experiences we've had to date (and we do a lot). I would absolutely recommend this to anyone who is trying to commune with nature and the old world. So very worth it.
Very peaceful and clean
A friend and I thought we would go on a bit of an adventure, so we reserved a canvas hogan for two nights at Rustic Glamping 2 at Big Hogan Enterprises. We were a little bit nervous, but after about an hour, we felt very relaxed. We were cozy on a chilly night with the aid of an electric heater that Alberta provided.
Alberta also gave us a wonderful informational tour of her land. That was a highlight, for sure! The second night, we two women in our seventies were the only ones on the property and felt right at home on the mesa. Relaxing.
Connect with this ancient land
Me, my wife, and three sons (age 7, 12, 14) had the pleasure of staying with Alberta on her beautiful land for 4 days and 3 nights. The Grand Canyon East Entrance was just a short 20-minute drive down the road. Alberta gave us a tour of her land and told us many stories about the Diné people. I wish we had more time to explore her land.
After a day of strenuous hikes up and down the Grand Canyon, it was nice to escape the crowds to our tranquil campsite. We stayed in one of the bell tents, it was warm and comfortable. It faced the east so we woke with the sun every morning, we loved that. Bathrooms and showers were standard, no glam here. Alberta is very accommodating, we made a couple of requests and she delivered on all of them.
We cannot wait to return and stay here once again. We had a wonderful experience and highly recommend staying with Alberta.
Great! you really must stay here!
We really enjoyed our one night stay on part of the Navajo Reservation, about 35 minutes east of Grand Canyon National Park’s South Rim Visitor center. The land has been in the host’s family for several generations, over 100 years, and is wild and beautiful. There are several hogans on the land, some wooden, some canvas. We stayed in a canvas one with two double beds and a lovely view of the landscape, not the Grand Canyon itself, but near it. When we got on the roof of our van, we could see part of another, smaller but lovely canyon made by the Little Colorado River. Beautiful, especially at sunset.
The canvas hogan was our first experience staying in a hogan and it was truly lovely and clean, like staying in a room, but different enough to make it feel like an adventure.
There is an outdoor, rustic but clean sawdust style toilet and an enclosed sun shower, on two sides of the same small building. We used our own water, but I think there was potable water provided. We ordered the breakfast burritos, which were from a local store, but we were happy to have ordered for the convenience.
The best part was the tour that Alberta and her husband gave us of the property. Take it! They shared a lot of information with us about the history and experiences of the Navajo Nation, which is actually called the Diné, as well as amazing family stories. Alberta is a gifted storyteller. We also saw pictographs on a beautiful rock overhang and drove out to a gorgeous view of the canyon.
If you are looking to learn more about the Diné (Navajo) culture and history, are looking for something less commercial that local people own and run, and can stay without hookups, we 100% recommend this place. Our family will never forget our time here.
A magical experience
Please don't spend hundreds of dollars at a cheesy Grand Canyon hotel when you can for a short drive away support Dine (Navajo) business, enjoy a magical starry sky with zero light pollution, get a tour and a homecooked Dine meal (you're crazy if you don't opt for those offers!), see ancient Native etchings and learn about their rich history. Alberta told me stories passed down from her great grandmother and it was wonderful talking to her and her husband. They were kind, welcoming, and full of knowledge.
The bed was so comfy with the softest blanket! I was entirely alone on the property which was a bit scary at first but the gate is locked and I was soon able to just enjoy the meditative solitude. I walked to the overlook on the property to enjoy sunrise, but you can also take the 15 min drive to Desert View at Grand Canyon to see it there (where I took in the sunset).
Be sure to stop by the Navajo markets on the road for authentic Native-made jewelry, pottery, and more instead of paying more in Sedona etc.
Can't wait to return with family and friends one day to share this gem of a place with them!
Memorable and comfortable
This place is just great. If you're lucky enough to be around when it rains, the smell is amazing. The vegetation on the property is so diverse and, with a short walk, there are some beautiful views. It is so conveniently close to the east entrance to the Grand Canyon! We saw the sunset there with some of Alberta's delicious Navajo tacos and then went back the next day to see more of the Canyon. It is a no-frills kind of campsite, but the beds are comfortable and it's nice to hang out outside. I will never forget the pictographs that were just a short walk away either! I would stay here again, no question. It was the best place we stayed on our road trip!