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The 9 Best Sites for Camping Near the Grand Canyon

In 2022, the Grand Canyon welcomed more than 4.7 million visitors and nearly 80,000 backpackers, making it the country’s fourth most-visited national park. Of course, the park itself is 120 and 200 miles from the nearest big city, so visiting the Grand Canyon takes some planning. That’s why we compiled a list of the best sites for Grand Canyon camping.   

For this article, we looked at a variety of travel sites and considered things like price, location, and amenities. We also looked for locations at both the north and south rim of the park. Here are the top 10 sites for Grand Canyon camping. 

Northern

Kaibab Camper Village

Kaibab Camper Village offers a fantastic camping experience at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. It’s also the only campground on the North Rim with full RV hookups and even accommodates large rigs over 40 feet. If you’re not bringing a big rig, tent sites and cabins are also available. You’ll find yourself off the beaten path, in a quiet and secluded location. And you’re only a 40-mile drive along the North Rim Parkway to the Canyon rim. What more could you ask for?

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Kaibab Camper Village

DeMotte Campground

You’ll find the DeMotte Campground within the North Kaibab Ranger District just seven miles north of the entrance to the Grand Canyon National Park’s North Rim. Here you’ll see all kinds of wildlife including the tassel-eared Kaibab squirrel (which is found nowhere else in the world), and numerous species of birds. You and the family can enjoy picnicking, sightseeing and wildlife viewing hikes, and more. Don’t forget the obvious though, seeing unparalleled views of one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

DeMotte Campground
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DeMotte Campground

Southeast

Ten-X Campground

One of the best parts about Ten-X Campground is its location in relation to the south Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. It’s located just four miles south of the park entrance in the beautiful Kaibab National Forest. You’ll find a nature trail that weaves its way through the pine forest, just begging for you and the family to go out for a hike. But we know what you’re looking for, the hiking, sightseeing, cultural history, and outdoor recreation opportunities that live only a few miles away in Grand Canyon National Park.

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Ten-X Campground

Grand Canyon Camper Village

Grand Canyon Camper Village is a privately owned campground just one mile south of the Grand Canyon National Park entrance. It’s the perfect destination for campers with motor homes, trailers, and tents who are looking to camp as close as possible to the park. This campground is also open year-round, so the adventures are endless. Did we mention the Grand Canyon Camper Village is the only campground within 25 miles of Grand Canyon National Park?

Grand Canyon Camper Village
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Grand Canyon Camper Village

Grand Canyon/Williams KOA

Grand Canyon/Williams KOA is said to be the perfect base camp for exploring the national parks, Route 66, Williams, and the rest of northern Arizona. Deluxe cabin, deluxe tent, RV, cabin, and tent camping at this KOA are all great options. This is also the closest KOA campground to the Grand Canyon. It’s even open year-round and is dog friendly. So grab the family and get ready to enjoy quiet nights around the campfire, taking in the grandeur of starry nights by the Grand Canyon.

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Grand Canyon/Williams KOA

Williams/Circle Pines KOA

The Circle Pines KOA is the perfect option for you if you’re looking for easy access to various lodging options, including one-room cabins to deluxe lodging. They offer tent sites with water and electricity, dry tent sites, and full hookup 30/50 amp sites. Offering an indoor pool, hot tubs, bike rentals for the kids, miniature golf rental, a game room, two playgrounds, a pet playground, a large gift shop with groceries and supplies, and restrooms with hot showers, you just can’t go wrong here. This KOA even just opened its Bear Trax Go-Cart track. And better yet, you’ll be only one short hour from the Grand Canyon.

Williams: Circle Pines KOA
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Williams/Circle Pines KOA

Dogtown Lake Campground

Dogtown Lake offers a scenic setting convenient to Grand Canyon National Park and the cities of Williams and Flagstaff, Arizona. You’ll find the campground located in a pine forest along the shore of a small and scenic lake. Here you and your family can hike, fish, mountain bike, and explore the area’s cultural and natural history. This is also a great location to sit back, relax, and enjoy listening to the wind blowing in the pines and gaze at the view of the nearby Bill Williams Mountain.

Dogtown Lake Campground
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Dogtown Lake Campground

Trailer Village Park

Trailer Village Park is the ultimate RV park with full hookups and an incredibly close location to the Grand Canyon’s South Rim. Stay here and you’ll be set up in a beautiful high desert landscape. Trailer Village RV park is a paved pull-through site, perfect for vehicles up to 50 feet long. And best of all, it’s even open year-round.

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Trailer Village Park

Jacob Lake Campground

Jacob Lake Campground is basically a typical RV set-up site, which includes a picnic bench and fire pit for the most part. There are however very clean and well-maintained outhouse bathrooms and trash bins, but no hookups. If you’re looking for a shower you can drive down the road and pay a small cost. It’s still a great, remote place to stay if you’re only looking for the minimum, a place to camp out. It’s a bit of a drive to the Grand Canyon North Rim, but perhaps you’re making a little road trip out of it! If you’re looking for more peace and quiet, try and get a spot in the back of the campground.

Jacob Lake Campground
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Jacob Lake Campground

What’s your favorite place to camp near the Grand Canyon? Tell us in the comments below.

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