Grand Canyon Camping

Grand Canyon Overview

For more information, reservations and permits,
visit NPS.gov.


RV parks and campgrounds are available in communities near the park's entrances and camping is allowed on Forest Service and BLM land outside of park boundaries. Check with those respective agencies for details.

North Rim Camping

The North Rim Campground is open from mid-May to mid-October. It is operated by the National Park Service and advanced reservations are accepted and encouraged. Some sites can accommodate RVs. Hookups are not available but there is a dump station within the campground. Pets are allowed but must be leashed at all times and may not be left unattended. Wood and charcoal fires are permitted in campsite grills only. Wood gathering is not allowed but firewood can be purchased at the general store. Coin operated laundry and showers are located near the entrance to the campground. Accessible campsites and restrooms are available.

South Rim Camping

The South Rim is the most popular area within Grand Canyon National Park and it offers the most visitor services. There are two developed campgrounds at the South Rim.

Mather Campground is open year-round and sites can be reserved in advance. It is located in Grand Canyon Village and offers tent and RV camping. Accessible campsites and restrooms are available. Pets are allowed but must be leashed at all times and may not be left unattended. Wood and charcoal fires are permitted in provided campsite grills only. Firewood gathering is prohibited but wood may be purchased at the general store. Laundry and showers available near the campground for a fee. The maximum size for RVs is 30-feet. Hook-ups are not available.

Trailer Village is located adjacent to Mather Campground. It is operated by Xanterra Parks and offers RV sites with hook-ups. 

Desert View Campground is open May through mid-October. Sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis (no advanced reservations). This campground is usually full by early afternoon during the busy summer months. It can accommodate RVs up to 30-feet maximum. It is located about 26 miles east of Grand Canyon Village.

Phantom Ranch Camping

Phantom Ranch is located along Bright Angel Creek in the bottom of the Grand Canyon. It can be reached via hiking or horseback/mule trips from the canyon's North or South rims. The ranch is a popular resting spot for people doing rim-to-rim hikes, down-and-back hikes, and river trips. The National Park Service operates a campground adjacent to the ranch. The campground is extremely popular and advanced reservations are absolutely necessary. 

Backcountry Camping

Backcountry camping is allowed in most areas that are away from the popular North and South rims. A backcountry permit is required any time you stay overnight in the park away from developed campgrounds. That includes automobile camping at remote viewpoints, overnight hikes, horseback rides and river trips. A backcountry permit is not needed for day trips.

Some backcountry areas are very popular and available permits sell out quickly. 

Toroweap Camping

Toroweap is a remote viewpoint located on the north rim toward the western end of the Grand Canyon. Is is accessible via a rough dirt road. Four-wheel drive is not usually needed but you do need a high clearance vehicle to drive to the viewpoint. A campground is located near the viewpoint and sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Vault toilets are provided but there is no culinary water. Campsites offer tables and grills. Wood and charcoal fires are permitted but you are not allowed to gather firewood in the national park. Fees are not charged at this campground.

Havasu Falls Camping

The beautiful Havasu waterfalls are located along a tributary stream that flows into the Colorado River in the middle of the Grand Canyon. The falls are located on the Havasupai Indian Reservation. The tribe controls access and camping. Permits from the tribe are needed for hiking and camping at the falls. Lodge accommodations are available in the village of Supai, which is about 8 miles from the nearest road. A campground is located near the waterfalls, about 10 miles from the nearest road. People visiting the area can backpack, or the tribe will bring people in on horseback or by helicopter.  

 
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