Top 5 Car-Camping Sites near the Grand Canyon - My Grand Canyon Park

Top 5 Car-Camping Sites near the Grand Canyon

Find the Coolest, Most Isolated, Closest to Trailhead, Best Last Minute, and Photographer's Paradise campgrounds here.
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Pitch your tent at one of these perfect Grand Canyon pads.

Photographer's Paradise:
Desert View Campground on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon

Desert View Campground. NPS Photo

Desert View Campground. NPS Photo

Wake up early to take pictures with the pros at Desert View Point. Desert View is small and secluded compared to Mather, and the South Rim's best sunrise spot is just a short walk from your tent. Open mid-May through mid-October.

Last-minute:
Ten-X Campground near Tusayan, Arizona (near park's south entrance)

Tex-X Campground near Tusayan

This Kaibab National Forest Service campground, Ten-X Campground is set in a ponderosa pine forest 2 miles south of Tusayan and close to the South Entrance to the national park. Sites are generally open and many are available on a first come, first serve basis. Arrive early in summer to claim a good site. Ten-X is closed in winter.

Hikers' Launching Point:
Mather Campground on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon

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Located in the heart of Grand Canyon Village, Mather Campground is close to the most popular South Rim trailheads. It is an ideal place to wake up and get an early start on your trek. For a quiet tent camping site, choose the "generator free zone" on Pine Loop Road. Reservations go fast in the summer, but sites are often open in winter and available on a first come, first serve basis.

Most Isolated:
Fence Point near the Grand Canyon's North Rim

Camping at Fence Post on the North Rim. Photo by Elisabeth Kwak

Camping at Fence Post on the North Rim. Photo by Elisabeth Kwak

The view from your tent at Fence Post on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Photo by Elisabeth Kwak

The view from your tent at Fence Post on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Photo by Elisabeth Kwak

Drive out along forest service roads for open camping in Kaibab National Forest and skirting the national park boundaries of the North Rim. Fence Point is one of a handful of North Rim overlooks that offer primitive camping with rim-side views. A 4WD, high-clearance vehicle is necessary to get there. Consult the Kaibab Visitor Center in Jacob Lake for information and directions. Open mid-May through mid-October.

Coolest:
DeMotte Campground near the Grand Canyon's North Rim

De Motte Campground near the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Photo by U.S. Forest Service, Southwestern Region, Kaibab National Forest

De Motte Campground near the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Photo by U.S. Forest Service, Southwestern Region, Kaibab National Forest

Perched at 9,000 feet above sea level, Demotte is a Kaibab National Forest campground located just north of Grand Canyon's North Rim. The alpine meadow area has pleasant daytime temperatures and cool nights, even during the peak of summer. Arrive early on summer weekends to get a site.

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