Campgrounds

The greater Grand Canyon region is chock full of campgrounds.

Backcountry Permits

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

 

Mather Campground

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

Trailer Village 

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

 

Top Ten Things to do in Grand Canyon

1. Go Hiking or Backpacking

Grand Canyon National Park, and the greater Grand Canyon region, is a hiker’s dream. Most of Grand Canyon National Park is undeveloped backcountry. There are literally hundreds of miles to hike and backpack and explore. Despite the Grand Canyon’s popularity and numbers of visitors each year, visitors only need to hike a small distance to enjoy some solitude. Read More...

2. Ride a Mule into the Grand Canyon

Explore the depths of the Grand Canyon National Park on popular trails like the Bright Angel and South Kaibab trail on a mule. A Grand Canyon mule ride is an adventure and easy on your legs. Read More...

3. Ride the Grand Canyon Railway

Adventure, sightseeing and history! If it’s adventure, sightseeing and history all rolled into one that you want on your Grand Canyon vacation, then Grand Canyon Railway is your answer. This is an unforgettable experience and will add much to your vacation to the Grand Canyon. Read More...

4. Take a Scenic Drive

We think that a Grand Canyon vacation is America’s greatest road trip. It’s one big scenic drive. In fact, there are so many scenic drive opportunities it’s hard to limit our favorites. Read More...

5. Spend a Night or More Camping

Camp under the stars in a tent, or at an RV Park. Read More...

6. Go on a Rafting Trip

One of the most exciting ways to experience the Grand Canyon is to float through it by way of raft on the Colorado River. Read More...

7. Take a Scenic Flight

Take a helicopter tour over the Grand Canyon for a unique and spectacular vantage of this vast, deep natural wonder. Read More...

8. Go Mountain Biking or Cycling

Log extra miles of breathtaking views. Read More...

9. Stand on the Grand Canyon Skywalk

The Grand Canyon Skywalk is a horseshoe-shaped walkway that extends almost 70 feet out into the Grand Canyon. Visitors on the Skywalk, which has a clear, 4-inch-thick glass bottom, peer over the railing, or down through their stance to see the Canyon and all of its 4,000 feet of vertical abyss. Read More...

10. Take a Desert Jeep Tour

Experience the backcountry desert on and off road near the Grand Canyon and nearby recreation areas such as Sedona. View scenic vistas and the incredible variety of wildlife. Read More...

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