Backcountry Camping in the Grand Canyon

Backcountry permits are required for all overnight backcountry camping in Grand Canyon National Park.
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Backcountry Information Center. Photo by Whit Richardson

Backcountry Information Center. Photo by Whit Richardson

Backcountry permits are required for all overnight backcountry camping in Grand Canyon National Park. For instructions on how to obtain a permit request form, go to www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/backcountry-permit.htm.

When to Apply: The furthest in advance permit requests are accepted and considered by the Backcountry Information Center is the first of the month, four months prior to the proposed start month. Only written requests are accepted during the fourth-month-out. Written requests may be submitted by fax, by letter, or by hand delivery. Verbal in-person permit requests are only considered for start dates one to three months out.

A limited number of last minute walk-up permits are available at the South Rim and/or North Rim Backcountry Information Center for Corridor Campgrounds (Indian Garden, Bright Angel, and Cottonwood Campgrounds). These permits are issued in person only, are for one or two consecutive nights, and cannot be purchased more than one day prior to the start of a hike.

Backcountry Information Center staff answer information telephone inquiries at 928-638-7875 between 1 pm and 5 pm Monday through Friday, except on federal holidays. This telephone number is for information only.

If you need a park map to get a sense for where everything is and to map out your hiking routes, you can purchase one of three Trails Illustrated maps covering different areas of Grand Canyon National Park at REI.com

Learn more on our Backpacking Pages

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