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Granite Rapid Camp

Grand Canyon National Park

Colorado River Grand Canyon, Arizona

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  • This camp is located next to Granite Rapid in the bottom of the Grand Canyon.- Granite Rapid Camp
  • Fishing below Granite Rapid.- Granite Rapid Camp
  • Stroll through shady groves along the beaches.- Granite Rapid Camp
  • Sandy tent site at Granite Rapid Camp.- Granite Rapid Camp
  • Vegetation restoration is ongoing, and it is important to avoid protected areas.- Granite Rapid Camp
  • Scenery from Monument Creek, the closest neighboring camp.- Granite Rapid Camp
  • Granite Rapid.- Granite Rapid Camp
  • Fishing right next to Granite Rapid Camp.- Granite Rapid Camp
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Sandy beach. Fishing.
Cons: 
Arduous access. No toilets.
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Region:
Colorado River Grand Canyon, AZ
Managed by: 
National Park Service
Pets allowed: 
No
Parking Pass: 
National Park Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Reservations possible: 
Yes
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Campground Description

Campground Description

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This backcountry campsite is located right next to Granite Rapid on the Colorado River in the bottom of the Grand Canyon. If you seek a long trek to an isolated campsite, consider staying here in the depths of the canyon's deepest exposed rock layer. The river has deposited dunes that provide a soft camping surface and a pleasant beach. The mighty Granite Rapid washes into a large eddy that is great for swimming on hot afternoons, but don't underestimate the frigid water, even in the middle of summer. This is a prime campsite if you want to try out the Colorado River's famous trout fishing, but don't expect easy catches in the murky water.

There are a few things to be aware of when planning a trip to Granite Rapid. There is no quick way to access the campsite, so you must take Tonto Trail to Monument Creek and then travel 1.5 miles down a rocky wash to the river. While you can also traverse the riverbank from Hermit Creek Camp, this is not the recommended route. Also, note that there are no toilet facilities at Granite Rapid Camp, so be sure to dispose of waste properly. There is a pit toilet at Monument Creek, so consider taking advantage of this opportunity when you pass through en route to the river. Restoration projects are underway to reduce erosion and improve natural habitat. Do not disturb any tools or wire plant guards that you find near the campsite. Finally, this site is sometimes used for docking by boating parties, so be prepared to share beach space with river travelers. They are likely to be well stocked on food and other goodies, so if you treat them well they may share with you!

Use of the area does require a permit, which is available from the Grand Canyon Backcountry Information Center. Group camping is available here with a maximum size of 11 people in a group each night. Additionally, there are two regular sites that allow six people per party, bringing the total capacity to 23 people per night. Reserve well in advance (up to four months) for the best chance of securing a permit on the date(s) you want. Permits include a flat, non-refundable fee of $10, plus $5 per person per night.

Mileages to Granite Rapid Camp

  • From Monument Creek Camp: 1.5 miles
  • From Hermit Trailhead: 10.8 miles
  • From Tonto Trail Junction (via Hermit Trail): 3.8 miles
  • From Bright Angel Trailhead (connecting with Tonto Trail): 17 miles
  • From Tonto Trail Junction (via Bright Angel Trail at Indian Garden): 12.2 miles
     
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