Camping

Back country camping in the Grand Canyon

Back country camping in the Grand Canyon
 
Both Grand Canyon National Park and the surrounding Kaibab National Forest have developed vehicle campgrounds. There are no campgrounds in Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument or the Havasupai or Hualapai reservations. All of the campgrounds except for Toroweap charge a nightly fee.
 
Backcountry Camping
 
Except for those holding a backcountry camping permit, camping is limited to developed campgrounds within the national park. Camping at undeveloped sites is allowed on the Kaibab National Forest.
 
Campground Location Map
 
South Rim
 
Mather Campground

  • Location: Grand Canyon Village near Market Plaza
  • Season: All year
  • Units: 315
  • Tents: Yes
  • RVs and Trailers: Up to 30 feet
  • Dump Station: Yes, except in winter
  • Hookups: No
  • Water: Yes
  • Showers: Yes, at Market Plaza
  • Self-Serve Laundry: Yes, at Market Plaza
  • Handicap-Accessible: Yes
  • Management: Grand Canyon National Park
  • Reservations: National Recreation Reservation Service, or 877-444-6777

 
Mather Campground is the largest in the Grand Canyon area and the only one open all year. Pets are allowed but must be leashed at all times and must not be left unattended. Wood gathering is not permitted, but wood is available at the general store in Market Plaza. Reservations are strongly recommended during the busy season from March through October.
 
Grand Canyon Village Detail Map
 
Trailer Village

  • Location: Grand Canyon Village near Market Plaza
  • Season: All year
  • Units: 78
  • Tents: No
  • RVs and Trailers: Yes
  • Dump Station: Yes, except in winter
  • Hookups: Yes, all sites
  • Water: Yes
  • Showers: Yes, at Market Plaza
  • Self-Serve Laundry: Yes, at Market Plaza
  • Handicap-Accessible: Yes
  • Management: Grand Canyon National Park
  • Reservations: 888-297-2757 or 928-638-2631

Trailer Village is located next to Mather Campground in Grand Canyon Village.
 
Desert View Campground

  • Location: Desert View
  • Season: May to mid-October
  • Units: 50
  • Tents: Yes
  • RVs and Trailers: Yes, up to 30 feet
  • Dump Station: No
  • Hookups: No
  • Water: Yes
  • Showers: No
  • Self-Serve Laundry: No
  • Handicap-Accessible: Yes
  • Management: Grand Canyon National Park
  • Reservations: First-come, first-served

Located at Desert View at the east end of Desert View Drive, this campground can handle some RVs up to 30 feet but most sites are designed for smaller RVs, trailers, or tents. Pets are allowed but must be leashed at all times and cannot be left unattended.
 
Desert View Map
 
Ten-X Campground

  • Location: Two miles south of Tusayan
  • Season: May to September
  • Units: 70
  • Tents: Yes
  • RVs and Trailers: Yes, up to 40 feet
  • Dump Station: No
  • Hookups: No
  • Water: Yes
  • Showers: No
  • Self-Serve Laundry: No
  • Handicap-Accessible: Yes
  • Management: Kaibab National Forest
  • Reservations: Recreation.gov, 877-444-6777

This campground is two miles south of Tusayan on the east side of Arizona 64. Firewood may be collected outside the campground. Two group campsites are available and must be reserved in advance.
 
Lees Ferry
 
Lees Ferry Campground

  • Location: Five miles from Marble Canyon at Lees Ferry
  • Season: All year
  • Units: 54
  • Tents: Yes
  • RVs and Trailers: Yes
  • Dump Station: Yes
  • Hookups: No
  • Water: Yes
  • Showers: No
  • Self-Serve Laundry: At Marble Canyon
  • Handicap-Accessible: Yes
  • Management: Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, 928-608-6200
  • Reservations: First-come, first-served

This campground is located at the head of Marble Canyon at historic Lees Ferry, where most Grand Canyon river trips begin. Fishing is popular on the Colorado River, and a boat ramp is available. A general store and gas station are located five miles away at Marble Canyon.
 
North Rim
 
North Rim Campground

  • Location: North Rim Village
  • Season: Mid-May to mid-October
  • Units: 83
  • Tents: Yes
  • RVs and Trailers: Yes
  • Dump Station: Yes
  • Hookups: No
  • Water: Yes
  • Showers: At campground entrance
  • Self-Serve Laundry: At campground entrance
  • Handicap-Accessible: Yes
  • Management: Grand Canyon National Park
  • Reservations: National Recreation Reservation Service, or 877-444-6777

North Rim Campground is located just north of the North Rim Village on the entrance road. Collection of firewood is not allowed, but wood may be purchased at the adjacent general store. Because sites fill up early, reservations are strongly recommended.
 
Toroweap Campground

  • Location: Toroweap Overlook
  • Season: All year, but access road may be impassable after a winter storm
  • Units: 9
  • Tents: Yes
  • RVs and Trailers: No
  • Dump Station: No
  • Hookups: No
  • Water: No
  • Showers: No
  • Self-Serve Laundry: No
  • Handicap-Accessible: No
  • Management: Grand Canyon National Park
  • Reservations: Backcountry permit required

This campground is located just north of Toroweap Overlook. There are 9 sites, available with a backcountry permit. Water is not available. See the Toroweap page for more information on the area.
 
DeMotte Campground

  • Location: On Arizona 67, 25 miles south of Jacob Lake
  • Season: Mid-May through October, depending on snowfall
  • Units: 38
  • Tents: Yes
  • RVs and Trailers: Yes
  • Dump Station: No
  • Hookups: No
  • Water: Yes
  • Showers: No
  • Self-Serve Laundry: No
  • Handicap-Accessible: Yes
  • Management: Kaibab National Forest
  • Reservations: First-come, first-served

DeMotte Campground is seven miles north of the North Entrance to Grand Canyon National Park, and is located on the edge of beautiful DeMotte Park. Nearby Kaibab Lodge has rooms and a restaurant, and there is a general store and service station across the highway.
 
Jacob Lake Campground

  • Location: Jacob Lake at the junction of US 89A and Arizona 67
  • Season: Mid-May through October, depending on snowfall
  • Units: 51
  • Tents: Yes
  • RVs and Trailers: Yes
  • Dump Station: No
  • Hookups: No
  • Water: Yes
  • Showers: No
  • Self-Serve Laundry: No
  • Handicap-Accessible: Yes
  • Management: Kaibab National Forest
  • Reservations: First-come, first-served

This campground is located in the ponderosa pine forest across from Jacob Lake Lodge. The lodge has rooms, a restaurant, a general store, and a service station.

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