Grand Canyon is America’s most popular natural wonder and it’s no wonder that it is. This is a place of natural beauty and endless country to explore. As a result one of the most memorable things to do on a Grand Canyon vacation is to spend at least one night camping.
Pitch a tent, or park your travel trailer, rented or personal RV in a campground, backpack off the beaten path, and get back to nature. Camping is our favorite activity when it comes to wanting to truly experience the outdoors and the magnificent beauty that abounds in the Grand Canyon region.
There are two campgrounds available on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, as well as a Trailer Village.
Mather Campground is operated by the National Park Service and is located in the Grand Canyon Village. Tent and RV camping are available and campers will enjoy laundry and showers and other amenities. Reservations can be made in advance via www.recreation.gov.
Desert View Campground is open seasonally from early May through mid-October. No reservation are accepted; it’s first-come first served. There are no sewer or utility hookups or water at this campground.
Trailer Village is operated by Xanterra Parks & Resorts and is located inside Grand Canyon National Park, about mile from the South Rim. Each site has a picnic table, grill and electrical hookup, cable tv and water and sewage hookups. To reserve, or for more information, click here.
On the North rim, which is open seasonally from mid-May through mid-October, is the North Rim Campground. Reserve your campsite well in advance at http://www.recreation.gov/.
Throughout Arizona there are many other great places to pitch a tent or park your RV or travel trailer. State Parks abound and provide great campgrounds and campsites. National Forest campgrounds also can be found and enjoyed. We especially like the mountain and forest camping opportunities in the Coconino National Forest area, accessed near Flagstaff, AZ.
The greater Grand Canyon region is also home to Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, home to Lake Powell and abundant camping opportunities for the RV’er, car camper, tent camper or backpacker. Same goes with the Lake Mead National Recreation Area.