One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon is truly awesome. Photographs cannot do justice to the sheer scale and spectacular rock colours across the canyon and we were awestruck. I highly recommend a trip to the Grand Canyon if you are staying in Las Vegtyfas or travelling through Arizona, I simply hadn’t realised how worthwhile our visit would be. Of course, while we were there I was on the hunt for gluten free options as always. A coeliac’s work is never done! It was actually much better than I had expected. We stayed in Tusayon near the South rim and my gluten free Grand Canyon findings are detail below.
Gluten Free Grand Canyon
Tusayon is a convenient base if you cannot find availability in the South Rim village (or do not want to fork out a tonne of cash). We booked very late so ended up staying at the Canyon Plaza Premier Studios. The hotel looked a bit tatty but the studios themselves were clean and well-equipped with nice big showers and comfy beds. The soundproofing is terrible though, like many hotels in America!
The studios have small kitchens, which is ideal for gluten free travellers needing to prepare picnic lunches or brekkie before a day of hiking. We had actually stocked up on gluten free supplies in advance in Las Vegas, but then discovered the General Store in Tusayon has a good range of gluten free products on sale. Check the freezer section for bread products (including gluten free waffles).
We had a lovely evening picnic on the South Rim when we first arrived actually, having stocked up on some gluten free sushi in the Las Vegas Whole Foods. What a view! You would be able to find enough for a decent picnic in the general store too, if you fancy making the most of the amazing natural settings in this part of the world. Just beware the very brazen squirrels if you picnic too close to the main carparks…they are cheeky little things and will happily climb on you in an attempt to get your gluten free sandwich.
Grand Canyon Village
If you do stay in the village try El Tovar, which has a ski chalet style receptions and with a very gluten free friendly restaurant. We dined there one evening and the staff were fantastically helpful. There were lots of choices for coeliacs and many dishes could also be adapted. They had gluten free bread available as well as some gluten free dessert options. I had a seasonal salad of butternut squash, cranberries and pistachios followed by an enourmous lamb shank with polenta. If you go here for lunch you will also be treated to some impressive canyon views. Be sure to book ahead as this restaurant is popular.
If you are camping and self catering is more your thing, the Grand Canyon village general store had loads of gluten free products on sale. Lots of picnic supplies, as well as dinner supplies such a gluten free mac n cheese.
Enjoy your time at the Grand Canyon and rest assured you’ll be fine for gluten free. Soak up those mind-blowing views and get hiking!