Arizona’s Big Hole

Camping inside of the park allows you to spend more time experiencing the magnificence of the Grand Canyon and less time driving back and forth.

Camping

The South Rim offers Mather Campground with no hook-ups and a 30-foot maximum RV length and Trailer Village with full hook-ups and a 50-foot-maximum RV length. Pictured above Trailer Village. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

The South Rim offers Mather Campground with no hook-ups and a 30-foot maximum RV length and Trailer Village with full hook-ups and a 50-foot-maximum RV length. Pictured above Trailer Village. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Each side of Grand Canyon features at least one RV campground situated within the park and other campgrounds found outside the entrances.

The Grand Canyon Village on the South Rim of the magnificent Grand Canyon is the site of the most of the park’s services and activities. Camping in this area provides visitors with access to restaurants, showers, laundry facilities, an ATM and bank, a store, a post office, a medical clinic, visitors’ centers, a ranger office, a train depot, trailheads, observation areas, and park attractions.

You have a choice between staying in a campground with no hookups or a campground that offers full hookups.

The South Rim offers either Mather Campground with no hook-ups and a 30-foot maximum RV length or Trailer Village with full hook-ups and a 50-foot-maximum RV length. Both campgrounds are within the Grand Canyon Village, the location of most of the South Rim services, attractions, and activities.

Select Mather Campground if your RV is 30 feet or less, you want to camp in a tent, and you do not need any type of hookup. Mather Campground is open all year round, but accepts reservations for stays only from the beginning of March through the middle of November. Stays during the winter are on a first-come, first-served basis and arranged at a machine in the office.

From March 13 to October 18 the park operates a free shuttle bus system on the South Rim in Grand Canyon Village and along the West Rim Drive. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

From March 13 to October 18 the park operates a free shuttle bus system on the South Rim in Grand Canyon Village and along the West Rim Drive. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Choose Trailer Village if you need hookups or paved sites, or your RV is between 30 and 50 feet in length.

Desert View Campground—within the park, but 26 miles from the others—does not have hook-ups and limits RV lengths to 30 feet.

The North Rim Campground has no hook-ups or RV length limit and is the only campground in the park located on the North Rim.

Use the National Recreation Reservation Service (see link under Details) to make your reservations online up to 6 months in advance of your camping trip to the Grand Canyon. Group tent camping reservations are accepted up to a year in advance.

The South Rim is accessible off Interstate 40 from Flagstaff or Williams, Arizona. The North Rim is accessed through Utah from Route 389 or Highway 89.

The weather at the Grand Canyon fluctuates throughout the year. Summer can range from 80 degrees Fahrenheit at the top of the Rim to well over 100 degrees at the bottom and winter temperatures often fall below freezing.

DUDE

Grand Canyon Summed up in one word: DUDE

D: Desposition

U: Uplift

D: Down Cutting

E: Erosion

Details

Grand Canyon National Park

Location: South Rim is located 60 miles north of Williams (via route 64 from I-40) and 80 miles northwest of Flagstaff (via route 180); North Rim is located 30 miles south of Jacob Lake (in northern Arizona on Highway 89A) on Highway 67 with the actual rim of the canyon an additional 14 miles south

Operating Hours: South Rim is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year; North Rim is open mid-May to mid-October weather permitting

Entrance Fe: $25/vehicle (good for 7 days), all federal lands passes accepted

Weather: Summer temperatures on the South Rim are relatively pleasant (50°s-80°s F) but inner canyon temperatures are extreme; daytime highs at the river, 5000 feet below the rim, often exceed 100° F; North Rim summer temperatures are cooler that those on the South Rim due to the increased elevation

Pets: Must be physically restrained at all times; leashed pets are allowed on the rim trails but not below the rim, except certified service dogs

Camping: Mather Campground (over 300 sites), NO hookups, 30-foot RV maximum; Trailer Village, full hookups with 30/50 amp electric service, cable TV, 50-foot RV maximum; Desert View (50 sites), NO hookups, 30-foot RV maximum

Camping Fees: Mather Campground, $18; Trailer Village, $35; Desert View, $12

Grand Canyon National Park receives an average of 5 million visitors a year; this means the park is crowded most of the year. Expect heavy crowds during spring, summer, and fall months. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Grand Canyon National Park receives an average of 5 million visitors a year; this means the park is crowded most of the year. Expect heavy crowds during spring, summer, and fall months. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Camping Reservations: Reservations for Mather Campground and Trailer Village may be made through the National Recreation Reservation Service by calling (877) 444-6777 or online at recreation.gov; NO reservations accepted for Desert View

Address: P.O. Box 129, Grand Canyon, AZ 86023

General Visitor Information: (928) 638-7888

Website: nps.gov/grca

Note: Because prices, dates, and other specifics are subject to change, please check all information to make sure it’s still current before making your travel plans.

Did You Know?

The Colorado River is 1,450-miles long from its source in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado to the Gulf of California, south of Yuma, Arizona.

Please Note: This is Part 3 of a 3-part series on the Grand Canyon National Park

Part 1: The Magnificent Grand Canyon

Part 2: Lure of the Grand Canyon

Worth Pondering…

Baseball, it is said, is only a game. True. And the Grand Canyon is only a hole in Arizona. Not all holes, or games, are created equal.
—George Will

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