Required for all overnight backcountry camping in the national park. To obtain a permit request form, go to nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/backcountry. Submit application via mail (GCNP Permits Office, 1824 S. Thompson, suite 201, Flagstaff, AZ 86001 ) or fax (928) 638-2125. No applications are accepted by phone or e-mail. For questions, contact the Backcountry Office help line Monday to Friday, 1 p.m to
5 p.m. at (928) 638-7875; e-mail grca_bic.gov. A limited number of permits are available in-person at the Backcountry Office for Bright Angel and Kaibab trips starting the following day.
Desert View Campground
You’ll find quiet camping at this 50-site, no-RV-hookup spot located near Desert View Point at the park’s East Entrance. Restrooms available but no showers. Sites have picnic tables and grills; campfires allowed in fire rings only. Campground is open May 1 to mid-October. Sites are $12 per night and available on a first come, first served basis. Campground is usually full by early afternoon during summer.
www.recreation.gov; (877) 444-6777
Located in the ponderosa pine forest in Grand Canyon Village approximately 1 mile from the canyon rim, Mather has 327 tent and RV sites (RVs up to 30 feet; no hook-ups). Sites have picnic tables and accommodate up to three tents. For a quieter experience, choose the “generator-free zone” on Pine Loop. Restrooms are available; coin-operated showers, laundry, and a store selling firewood is nearby. Campfires are permitted in grills/fire rings only. Sites are $18 per night. Open all year. Reservations are recommended between April and Oct. and can be made up to six months in advance. Sites are first come, first served Dec. 1 to March 1. Contact: www.recreation.gov; (877) 444-6777
This Grand Canyon Village campground accommodates RVs up to 50 feet long with full water, sewer, electrical, and cable TV hook-ups. Open year-round; sites $35 per night. Reservations and information: grandcanyonlodges.com/trailervillage; (888) 297-2757
Camping in Tusayan
Ten-X: Located 4 miles south of the national park South Entrance in Kaibab National Forest, this 70-site campground offers an alternative to Grand Canyon Village camping and is adjacent to a network of bike-friendly dirt roads. Closed in winter. Sites are $10 per night; some are first come, first served; other sites can be reserved through recreation.gov; (877) 444-6777.
Camper Village: This private campground is one mile south of the park’s South Entrance. It accommodates tents ($25/night) and RVs (hook-ups $35-$50/night). Contact: grandcanyoncampervillage.com; (928) 638-2887