Camping in the Grand Canyon

Backcountry Camping | South Rim Camping | North Rim Camping

Backcountry Camping

Open All Year
To camp in the park in a location other than a developed campground on the rim you must obtain a permit from the Backcountry Information Center, this includes Bright Angel Campground at Phantom Ranch. All campsites in the Inner Canyon require a backcountry permit. Applying well in advance is recommended although a small number of permits are sometimes available for the same day. There is a fee of $10 per permit plus an additional fee of $5 per night per person.
More information on camping in the Backcountry.

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South Rim Camping

Out-of-Park Camping South Rim
There is a commercial campground in Tusayan, 7 miles south of Grand Canyon Village (Camper Village, 928-638-2887), and a Forest Service campground (Ten X, 928-638-2443) 2 miles south of Tusayan in the Kaibab National Forest. Dispersed camping is permitted in the national forest outside the park.

South Rim In-Park-Camping
Camping in the park on the South Rim is restricted to established campgrounds. Camping fees are in addition to entrance fees, and are charged per night. Campsite reservations fill up fast; make reservations as far in advance as you can.

Desert View Campground, South Rim
Desert View Campground is located 25 miles east of Grand Canyon Village (South Rim) and is open mid-May(weather permitting) though mid-October. Desert View Campground is available on a first-come, first-served basis (no reservations). $10 per site per night. Hook-ups are not available.

Mather Campground, South Rim
For Reservations:
Phone at 1-800-365-CAMP

Open All Year
Operated by the National Park Service and located in Grand Canyon Village (South Rim), this campground offers tent and RV camping (no hook-ups). From April through November reservations are strongly recommended and campsites are $15/night. For reservations call Biospherics at (800) 365-2267; outside U.S. call 301.722.1257. Reservations can also be made through a secure web site at http://reservations.nps.gov. From December through March reservations are not available and campsites are $10/night on a first-come first-served basis. Maximum of two vehicles and six people per site. Sites may be reserved up to five months in advance. Group sites available, $40/night, maximum of 50 people and three vehicles per group site.

Trailer Village, South Rim

Open All Year
Trailer Village (adjacent to Mather Campground on the South Rim) offers RV sites with hook-ups; reservations strongly suggested. Cost: $34.50 (+ tax) per site per night for two people; $3 for each additional person over age 16. Campers may register at the entrance to Trailer Village. Visit the web site at http://www.grandcanyonlodges.com or call 303-297-2757 or 888-297-2757 A dump station is located nearby (closed during the winter months).
For More Information on this campground please call 888-297-2757

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North Rim Camping

In-Park Camping
Camping in the park on the North Rim is restricted to established campgrounds. Camping fees are in addition to entrance fees, and are charged per night. Campsite reservations fill up fast; make reservations as far in advance as you can.

North Rim Campground
For Reservations:
Phone at 1-800-365-CAMP
mid-May to mid-October

Operated by the National Park Service, campground is open from mid-May to mid-October. Campsites are $15, no hook-ups, dump station available. Stays are limited to 7 days per season. Reservations through Biospherics, 1-800-365-2267. Reservations can also be made through a secure web site at http://reservations.nps.gov. Check at campground for last-minute availability. After mid-October, weather permitting, a limited number of campsites at the North Rim Campground with limited services, (portable toilets), will be available on a first-come, first-served basis until snow closes Highway 67. Hikers and cross-country skiers will be permitted to use the park’s group campsites throughout the winter months if they have obtained a permit through the park’s Backcountry Office.

Out-of-Park North Rim
The Forest Service operates 2 campgrounds: 16 and 45 miles north of the North Rim. Dispersed camping is permitted in the national forest outside the park.

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