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North Rim Campground

Grand Canyon National Park

Colorado River Grand Canyon, Arizona

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  • Typical tent site at North Rim Campground.- North Rim Campground
  • Great views of the Grand Canyon are just steps away from the campground.- North Rim Campground
  • North Rim Campground has a spacious feel.- North Rim Campground
  • Some sites have canyon views.- North Rim Campground
  • Sites are well spaced and mostly large.- North Rim Campground
  • Tent site at North Rim Campground.- North Rim Campground
  • Well spaced tent sites.- North Rim Campground
  • Camping at North Rim Campground.- North Rim Campground
  • The Transept Trail is accessible at site 15 and from the tent camping area.- North Rim Campground
  • The group sites are roomy with lots of parking.- North Rim Campground
  • The hiker/biker sites have views that can't be beat.- North Rim Campground
  • Enjoying an evening under the stars.- North Rim Campground
  • Tent campers have their own area far from the general camping loop.- North Rim Campground
  • The general store has a good variety of food, camping, and gift items.- North Rim Campground
  • The laundry and shower building is a bit of a walk from the main campground.- North Rim Campground
  • More sites at North Rim Campground.- North Rim Campground
  • Secluded tent site at North Rim Campground.- North Rim Campground
  • Another open tent site at the campground.- North Rim Campground
  • Typical site at North Rim Campground.- North Rim Campground
  • Camping at North Rim Campground.- North Rim Campground
  • Camping at North Rim Campground.- North Rim Campground
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
The Grand Canyon! Close to everything. Many large sites.
Cons: 
No hookups.
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Region:
Colorado River Grand Canyon, AZ
Managed by: 
National Park Service
Pets allowed: 
Yes
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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Far from the crowds of the South Rim and set amidst the towering Ponderosa pines of the Kaibab Plateau, the North Rim Campground is a profoundly satisfying destination. Perched right near the rim of the canyon, the campground is near incredible views and many of the North Rim trailheads. Just a short hike or drive away, the Visitor Center and the historic Grand Canyon Lodge offer additional amenities like mule rides, fine dining, a saloon and coffee shop, and a gift shop. Right next to the campground is a small store, a laundry, and showers. There is an RV dump station. The campsites nearest the rim (sites 11 through 23) even get decent cell and 4G reception from the South Rim towers.

The campground is laid out along a main oval road with five crossing roads like the stripes on a decorated Easter egg. All roads are one-way and fairly wide. The campground is heavily forested with a sprinkling of meadows and very little underbrush. In spite of there being little privacy, the campground is quiet and feels very spacious. The RV/tent sites are all pull-throughs and range from small turnouts by the side of the road to 100-foot-long spurs that could accommodate any size RV. The tent-only sites are very large with flat tent spots, and many have incredible views. This is one campground where both RV campers and tent campers have excellent sites. There is also a hiker/biker camping area with eight sites that is large enough to accommodate more and has the very best canyon views in the whole campground. 

The Transept Trail leads from between sites 15 and 16 and leads to the Grand Canyon Lodge, following the rim and providing spectacular views along the way. The North Kaibab Trail, which leads 14 miles down to Phantom Ranch at the bottom of the canyon, begins just a half mile away. In the summer there are ranger programs at the amphitheater and also at the lodge.

At 8,300 feet elevation, the campground is seasonal and normally opens mid-May and closes by the beginning of October. It is in high demand for its entire season. Reservations are highly recommended, but like most National Parks, there is high turnover and you might get lucky finding a spot.

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