What Are the Best Places to Camp in Grand Canyon?

By Anna Duncan

The Grand Canyon is one of the most popular destinations for campers worldwide. Not only is it a breathtakingly beautiful sight, but camping in the Grand Canyon provides a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with its wonders.

There are many great places to camp in Grand Canyon National Park, each with its own set of amenities, attractions, and experiences.

The North Rim Campground provides a great base for exploring the Grand Canyon from the north side. It’s located in the Kaibab National Forest and has over 200 campsites spread out along a mile of canyon rim.

There are plenty of amenities for campers such as picnic tables, fire rings, and flush toilets. This family-friendly campground allows pets as well.

For those looking for something more remote, Bright Angel Campground is an ideal spot. Located on the South Rim near Phantom Ranch, it offers spectacular views from its 12 private sites nestled among Ponderosa pines and Douglas fir trees. There are no showers or electrical hookups at this campground but it does have flush toilets and access to water spigots.

Desert View Campground is another great choice for those seeking a more rustic experience in the canyon. It’s located 25 miles east of Grand Canyon Village on Highway 64 and offers some of the most stunning views in the park from its 50 sites perched atop a desert mesa. There are no showers or electrical hookups at Desert View but you’ll be able to enjoy watching wildlife like elk, bighorn sheep, and mule deer from your campsite.

Mather Campground

Mather Campground is one of the most popular camping spots in Grand Canyon National Park due to its central location near many attractions such as Bright Angel Trailhead and Yavapai Point overlook. It has over 300 campsites available with access to all necessary facilities like flush toilets, showers, laundry facilities, grocery stores and restaurants.

Tusayan RV Park

Tusayan RV Park is located just outside of Grand Canyon National Park near Tusayan village and offers some more modern amenities than what can be found at other campsites inside the park including full hookups (water/sewer/electric) pull-through sites that can accommodate large RVs, wi-fi access and even cable TV.


No matter what sort of camping experience you’re looking for there’s something for everyone when it comes to camping in Grand Canyon National Park – whether you’re looking for something more remote or something more luxurious – there are plenty of great places to pitch your tent or park your RV.