Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Calgary, Alberta, Andorra.
Interest: hiking, backpacking, scrambling, climbing
I stayed at the Marble Canyon campground the night before starting the trail, and it's very nice.
That said, I was frustrated by the way people got into camping mode and took a long time packing up and making breakfast in the morning, which made us start on the trail later than we probably would have if we'd just come from Calgary int he morning.
So there's a good campground right at the trailhead, but there are also decent arguments for your original hotel idea.