Only minus is that the sites are a little close together, but the grounds are gorgeous; abundant wildflowers, grazing deer, and a wonderful campground host, Dave. Quick drive to GCNP entrance, general store with all the essentials PLUS lots of cool souvenirs right across the road from the campground.
I am still amazed that we were able to get a campsite at this popular campground just seven miles from the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. I loved how super clean it was with very attentive hosts. There are two loops and while it's a first come first pick set up, the campers and rigs seemed to stay in the lower loop and it was tents only on the upper loop while we were there. Just vault toilets and water, no showers, but showers were available at the campground in the Park. We had quite a few mule deer hanging out on the outskirts of our campsite, and even spotted some of those cool tassel-eared Kaibab squirrels. There is more shade in the upper loop than the lower loop, and while there wasn't really enough understory for a lot of privacy, the camp sites were nicely spaced apart. There was a nice little general store/gas station a little ways down the road if you need some supplies.
Camp sites are spacious and well laid out within the trees. Camp hosts are very friendly and helpful. A great alternative to camping at the North Rim.
This camp ground was nothing spectacular-- we appreciated the hammock trees, and the night sky was breathtaking if you walk to one of the open meadows at the top of the campground. My only problem was the host. She was very surly, would drive by and tell us we were doing something wrong every loop. We couldn't have a line running anywhere on our site to dry clothes (we got caught in a rainstorm earlier while hiking in the GC and wouldn't have accessible drying facilities until Colorado.) then it was our dogs leash was too long (when we cook we generally put the dogs on a 10 ft leash so they can roam. There was literally no other people around and they weren't bothering anyone… They couldn't reach the road or anything.) and then she would just remind us to do obvious things- like to make sure our trash makes it into the bear sealed dumpster, don't swing too much on the hammock, ect. My brother and I are adults and we were with our parents. It's not like we were suspicious rowdy kids trying to trash anything! Anyway-- other than the host being unfriendly and naggy- this was a great spot to see such an amazing wonder!
The DeMotte Campground is the nearest organized campground to the North Rim, apart from the one inside the park. I think it's 16 miles from the front gate. It's open and lovely, set in a wide meadow. Nothing fancy, nothing exciting, but facilities available which is more than you will find in the dispersed camping of the Kaibab National Forest.
Across the road is the only gas/grocery in the area. Stock up before you get there, if you head out towards the main roads it could take hours across the back roads to get back to civilization. The space is quiet and peaceful, enjoy the North Rim of the Grand Canyon while you are there.