Grand Canyon Area Travel Guide
Grand Canyon National Park - Camping
by Joseph A. Sprince - Photography by Gerald B. Allen
Camping in Grand Canyon National Park and nearby areas
The South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park is located convenient to Las Vegas, Phoenix, and Flagstaff, Arizona. Therefore most visitors come to the South Rim, and reservations are strongly recommended for camping inside the park.
The more remote North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park is generally accessed from Las Vegas and Page, Arizona. Though there are fewer visitors, there is only one campground at the North Rim. Therefore reservations are again strongly recommended. The North Rim is open roughly mid-May to mid-October.
For camping in public units, direct links are provided below to the Recreation.gov reservation service.
Inner Canyon (Bottom of the Grand Canyon)
- Backcountry permits are required for camping under the rim of the canyon, either in developed campgrounds in the main corridor or in the backcountry. Reservations should be made months in advance.
Grand Canyon, South Rim and Nearby Camping
- Mather Campground. Main campground at the South Rim, located just east of Grand Canyon Village. Open all year. Small, wooded sites can accommodate 30-foot RVs. No hookups.
Mather Campground Reservations strongly advised March through November.
- Desert View Campground. Small campground on the South Rim, located 25 miles east of Grand Canyon Village on Desert View Drive. Open May-October. Small sites not designed for large RVs. No hookups. First-come, first served.
- Trailer Village. Full-service RV park located at the South Rim, run by concessionaire. Full hookups. Open all year.
Reservations strongly recommended.
- Ten-X Campground. National Forest campground located two miles south of Tusayan on US-180/AZ-64. Large, wooded sites can accommodate RVs up to 40 feet. Some sites reservable, including two group sites. No hookups. Open May-September.
Nearby RV Parks to the South Rim:
Grand Canyon, North Rim and Nearby Camping
- North Rim Campground. Only campground at the North Rim, located north of village. Open May-October. Wooded sites can accommodate RVs. No hookups. Camper services nearby. Campground at 8,200 feet.
Reservations strongly advised.
- DeMotte Campground. In Kaibab National Forest, 18 miles north of the rim. Open May through October. Wooded and open sites in scenic area with plentiful wildlife. Water taps and vault toilets. First-come, first-served. No hookups. Restaurant and country store nearby. Campground at 8,500 feet. Excellent place to stay, off the main road, quiet, and very pretty.
- Jacob Lake Campground. In Kaibab National Forest at Jacob Lake, 45 miles north of the rim at junction of AZ-67 and US-89a. Open May through October. Wooded and open sites. Water and flush toilets. First-come, first-served. Group sites reservable.
No hookups; conveniently located across the street from the village. Campground at 7,900 feet.
- Kaibab Camper Village. In Kaibab National Forest, one miles south of Jacob Lake, 44 miles north of the rim. Full-service RV park open May-October. Full hookups. Also, tent sites. Located off the main road in a very scenic area. Wooded sites with a central meadow. Very nice place to stay.
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