Top 10 Campgrounds Near Grand Canyon, Arizona

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Without a doubt, Grand Canyon is Arizona’s finest, colossal attraction. It is roughly 446 km (277 mi) long and about 29 km (18 mi) wide, offering 2 access points— North Rim and South Rim. Most tourists visit the park from South Rim because it is easily accessible and open year-round. Meanwhile, North Rim is about 16 km (10 mi) across the canyon from South Rim; however, it is a 354-km (220-mi) drive and quite challenging to access. Plus, the establishments and facilities at North Rim only operate between mid-May and mid-October. If you are an avid backpacker or hiker, you would likely be able to tread and appreciate the inner canyon despite its harsh desert conditions. But, of course, you’ll need a place to stay. If you are planning a camping trip, check out these campgrounds near Grand Canyon, Arizona.

Tent-only campgrounds

1. Granite Rapid Camp

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A backcountry campsite right next to the famous Granite Rapid, Granite Rapid Camp is ideal for those who seek solitude. Getting here requires a long trek because it is in the depths of Grand Canyon’s deepest, exposed rock layer. To stay here, you need to obtain a permit from Grand Canyon Backcountry Information Center. It welcomes groups of up to 11 people each per night, making it perfect for a friendly reunion or family gathering. Also, it has two regular campsites welcoming a maximum of six people each per night. This is also the best base if you want to fish at the Colorado River.

Granite Rapid Camp

Website: Granite Rapid Camp

2. Bright Angel Campground

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Bright Angel Campground is situated along Bright Angel Creek at the bottom of Grand Canyon, only about 0.8 km (0.5 mi) away from the Colorado River and Phantom Ranch. It is the perfect place for adventurous solo travelers or couples. Shading it are lush cottonwood trees, providing a refreshing retreat. To make the most out of the outdoor experience, you can wade in the creek or even fish if you have a license. By night, you can enjoy uninterrupted stargazing. It features toilets, an emergency phone, and a ranger station. Potable water is available throughout the year, too.

Bright Angel Campground

Address: N Kaibab Trail, Grand Canyon Village, AZ 86023, United States (https://goo.gl/maps/Mo44DXdTeRxt8evP7)

Website: Bright Angel Campground

3. Big Sky Retreat

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If you are looking for an off-grid camping experience, Big Sky Retreat is perfect for you. It is located 56.3 km (35 mi) away from the South Rim of Grand Canyon, beautifully surrounded by juniper and pinon trees. It only has one campsite for a maximum of eight people, perfect for a group of family or friends who are planning to hike. For your convenience, bathroom facilities are available in a private building. Campfires are allowed here except when there is a fire ban or during high winds, but you need to bring your own firewood or purchase them on site

Big Sky Retreat

Address: 4038 Camino Dr, Williams, AZ 86046, United States

Website: Big Sky Retreat

4. Indian Garden Campground

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Indian Garden Campground is located along Bright Angel Trail and stunningly surrounded by cottonwood trees. Conveniently, it is only 7.7 km (4.8 mi) away from the South Rim of Grand Canyon. It is a known stopover destination for mule trains heading to Phantom Ranch. It is also a popular spot for those traveling alone or with one other person. Throughout the year, potable water is available here. Other amenities include an emergency phone, ranger station, metal food storage cans, pack poles, picnic tables, and toilets. During your stay here, you can enjoy a day hike along Plateau Point Trail.

Indian Garden Campground

Address: Bright Angel Trail, Grand Canyon Village, AZ 86023, United States (https://goo.gl/maps/JfsvrmYFDBwMFxnWA)

Website: Indian Garden Campground

RV campgrounds & RV sites

5. North Rim Campground

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Typically, North Rim Campground is open between May 15 and October 15. From October 16 to 31, it operates with limited services. It offers RV spots and tent sites. While it has no hookups, it provides a dump station. Ensuring you a hassle-free stay, it features coin-operated laundry facilities and shower areas by the entrance. Large groups are also welcome here. Group campsites can accommodate up to 25 people and 3 vehicles each. If you wish to bring your pets, make sure that they are leashed at all times. However, they are only allowed on Bridle Path.

North Rim Campground

Address: North Rim, AZ 86052, United States (https://goo.gl/maps/4LQyG1zpoYfG2JQT9)

Website: North Rim Campground

6. Trailer Village RV Park - South Rim

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Trailer Village RV Park - South Rim is the only RV campground with full hookups within Grand Canyon. Featuring 123 pull-through campsites that can each accommodate vehicles that are up to 15-m (50-ft.) long, it is open year-round. The amenities it offers include potable water, laundry facilities, showers, toilets, WiFi, and a seasonal dump station. Trash collection is also offered here. Nearby, you will find Camper Services and Camp Store, where you can buy drinks, sandwiches, snacks, souvenirs, firewood, and ice.

Trailer Village RV Park - South Rim

Address: 100 Trailer Village Rd, Grand Canyon Village, AZ 86023, United States (https://g.page/trailer-village-rv-park?share)

Website: Trailer Village RV Park - South Rim

7. Desert View

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Located on the South Rim of Grand Canyon, Desert View is a scenic campground connected to Grand Canyon Village through Desert View Drive. It is open seasonally, so advanced reservations are required. Additionally, it has a parking space for RVs. During your stay here, you can enjoy the majestic views of Grand Canyon at Watchtower, a stone tower inspired by ancestral Puebloan tower design. On site, you will also find Tusayan Museum, which offers a glimpse of regional tribes’ histories and ways of life.

Desert View Campground

Address: Grand Canyon Village, AZ 86023, United States (https://goo.gl/maps/waYccsxuEsgxRuaX6)

Website: Desert View Campground

8. Kaibab Camper Village

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Kaibab Camper Village is the only campground with full hookups on the North Rim of Grand Canyon. Situated right next to Jacob Lake, it is surrounded by the tall pines of Kaibab National Forest. Aside from RV spots, it also features a cabin-style guest room, an economy cabin, and tent sites. A group tent site is available, too, which is capable of accommodating a minimum of 10 people and a maximum of 20 people. Guaranteeing a worry-free camping experience, the campground offers sewer and water. Coin-operated laundry and shower facilities, sinks, and toilets are also provided.

Kaibab Camper Village

Address: Forest Service Rd, Fredonia, AZ 86022, United States (https://goo.gl/maps/EuY1snyQdRXpteCf8)

Website: Kaibab Camper Village

9. Dogtown Lake Campground and Group

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Posted by Dogtown Lake Campground on Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Tucked in Kaibab National Forest along a beautiful lake, Dogtown Lake Campground and Group is ideal for those who wish to enjoy various outdoor activities, such as fishing, hiking, and mountain biking. It offers 50 individual and 5 group campsites on a 6-month and a 12-month rolling basis, respectively. One of these group campsites can accommodate up to 80 people overnight. Providing you a convenient stay, it features garbage cans, restrooms, and water faucets. It is good to note, however, that it has no dump station.

Dogtown Lake Campground and Group

Address: 1250 S Pine Top Dr, Williams, AZ 86046, United States (https://goo.gl/maps/6esyA3hDxnQZsCe5A)

Website: Dogtown Lake Campground and Group

10. Cottonwood Campground

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Cottonwood Campground is located on North Kaibab Trail, only 10.9 km (6.8 mi) below the North Rim of Grand Canyon. From here, the refreshing Bright Angel Creek is only a few minutes away. From mid-May through mid-October, it provides potable drinking water. For the rest of the year, only water from the creek, which needs to be filtered or treated, is available. Other on-site amenities include toilets and an emergency phone. If you came out to Grand Canyon to hike, this campground is suitable for you. Many trails are nearby, including Ribbon Falls and Roaring Springs.

Cottonwood Campground

Address: 20 N Kaibab Trail, North Rim, AZ 86052, United States (https://goo.gl/maps/Pkr1KXVx34HgHLt77)

Website: Cottonwood Campground

Discover Grand Canyon’s colossal beauty

Even if you are not an experienced outdoor enthusiast, Grand Canyon’s timeless beauty will surely attract you. It offers many recreational opportunities, especially for those who wish to unplug for a while. Plan your trip carefully and check out these campgrounds near Grand Canyon, Arizona.

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