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Desert View Campground — Grand Canyon National Park

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Check the campsite's parking/vehicle dimensions BEFORE you make the reservation! Each site has its own length and what will fit into that site. The Total/Combined/Maximum Vehicle length is from the FRONT bumper of the towing vehicle/RV to the REAR bumper of the trailer or single vehicle w/o a trailer/towed vehicle. The Maximum/Total/Combined length of a vehicle or combination is 30 feet; to fit and maneuver in the campground. A 24' trailer/5th wheel would need a 6' truck to fit our largest site (24 + 6 =30'). A 25' RV w/ a towed vehicle will not fit; and would need to leave the towed vehicle outside the campground. Ignoring the size limitations will likely result in damage to your vehicle or the natural landscape; and could result in you being asked to leave the campground due to being oversized.

<strong>Stage 2 Fire Restrictions at Grand Canyon National Park</strong> Starting on June 21, 2024, all Grand Canyon National Park campgrounds are under Stage 2 Fire Restrictions. <ul> <li>Wood burning and charcoal fires, including campfires, warming fires, and charcoal barbeques are prohibited. The use of liquid petroleum or LPG fueled devices that can be turned on and off such as stoves, lanterns, or heating devices are allowed if used in an area that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials within 3 feet of the device.</li> <li>Outdoor smoking is prohibited; smoking is only permitted in an enclosed vehicle.</li> <li>Explosives or any incendiary device are prohibited; fireworks are always prohibited on public lands.</li> </ul>

Check the campsite's parking/vehicle dimensions BEFORE you make the reservation! Each site has its own length and what will fit into that site. The Total/Combined/Maximum Vehicle length is from the FRONT bumper of the towing vehicle/RV to the REAR bumper of the trailer or single vehicle w/o a trailer/towed vehicle. The Maximum/Total/Combined length of a vehicle or combination is 30 feet; to fit and maneuver in the campground. A 24' trailer/5th wheel would need a 6' truck to fit our largest site (24 + 6 =30'). A 25' RV w/ a towed vehicle will not fit; and would need to leave the towed vehicle outside the campground. Ignoring the size limitations will likely result in damage to your vehicle or the natural landscape; and could result in you being asked to leave the campground due to being oversized.

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Grand Canyon National Park

Overview

Located on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park at an altitude of 7,463 ft (2,275 m), Desert View Campground is located 23 miles (37 km) to the east of Grand Canyon Village. The Desert View area offers a peaceful setting. There are 50 campsites. Most sites are sized to accommodate tents or smaller RV___s, or vehicles with travel trailers (30 ft./9 m total length). Vehicles over 29' in (8.8 m) total length may not be able to negotiate turns without damaging resources and/or vehicle/trailer. Due to high demand, Desert View Campground requires advanced reservations during its season, usually mid-April to mid-October. You may book reservations up to 6 months in advance. Desert View Campground does not hold back any campsites for first-come, first-served camping during peak season and does not have a wait list or call back system.____ You may book same day reservations online on Recreation.gov or through the toll-free call center at 1-877-444-6777.

Recreation

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Natural Features

Desert View Campground lies beneath a mixture of Pinyon and Juniper trees, providing most campsites with ample shade. The campground is less than 1/2 mile from the rim of the canyon. A visit to the canyon during sunrise and sunset yields spectacular views of yellow, orange, red and violet hues in the canyon walls. Layers of rock display billions of years of geologic history. Campers can take a short from the campground to the historic Desert View Watchtower. Visitors can see the mighty Colorado River, which flows 277 miles through the bottom of the canyon. Wildlife abounds on the South Rim, including elk, mule deer, coyotes, lizards, songbirds and the endangered California condor. Although condors nest below the rim, they can be seen soaring several thousand feet above the canyon in search for carrion.

Nearby Attractions

___ Desert View provides one of the widest views of Grand Canyon and the Painted Desert. The Desert View Watchtower displays the talent of architect Mary Jane Colter. Tusayan Ruin and Museum provide glimpses into the life of a small Ancestral Puebloan village 800 years ago. Both are within 5 miles from the campground.__

Charges & Cancellations

Reservation adjustments are made online through www.recreation.gov. or by phone (877)444-6777.____

Fee Info

<ul> <li>Campsites at the Desert View Campground are $18.00 per night.</li> <li>__The Interagency Senior Pass, Interagency Access Pass, Golden Age Passport, and Golden Access Passport entitle the pass owner to a 50% discount on camping fees. No discounts on camping for any other Federal Pass holders.</li> <li>There are no groups sites at Desert View.__</li> <li>An individual may not book multiple campsites for the same dates (one campsite per night per individual). Campsites are limited to 6 campers per site. Gatherings of multiple campers from different sites at a single campsite is not permitted as it leads to increased noise and resource damage. Mather Campground has Group Sites.</li> </ul>
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Desert View Campground — Grand Canyon National Park is located in Arizona

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The Desert View Campground is located in the Desert View Area; 23 miles (37 km) to the east of Grand Canyon Village and 28 miles west of Cameron; near the Desert View Gas Station.

Coordinates

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111.8226088 W

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Roger W.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jun. 15, 2024

Desert Camping with a Short Walk to Canyon

Desert View in Grand Canyon NP: This area is much less busy than the South Rim. Pretty views, but no trails down into the canyon. Ask the host for information for the short Sunrise Tr. It is only a short walk to the Tower. (71 yr olds in 17’ trailer.)

Overall Rating: 4 Price 2024: $ w interagency pass Security: No Usage during visit: Full over Memorial Day Site Privacy: Partially obstructed w vegetation - many outside sites Site Spacing: Many outside sites are nicely spaced. Pad surface: Blacktop Reservations: Yes Campground Noise: Very quiet Outside Road Noise: No Through Traffic in campground: No Electric Hookup: No Sewer Hookup: No Dump Station: No Potable Water Available: Yes, there are 2 spigots. Generators: Allowed only during wry specific hours. Bathroom: Very clean flush toilets Showers: No Pull Throughs: Some of the better sites are. Cell Service (AT&T): intermittent Setting: Pine and juniper forest Recent Weather: Very sunny and warm during the day. Solar: We had a nice afternoon window for our fixed panels. Insects: None Host: Yes Sites: Roger’s favorites: pull through numbers: 46,48 – right next to the Sunrise Trail. , 42 39,25, 22, Back ins: 44 , 25, 27,24*, 20

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Month of VisitJune
  • Review photo of Desert View Campground — Grand Canyon National Park by Roger W., June 15, 2024
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Lane J.
Reviewed May. 14, 2024

Very great

You must arrive at this campsite before everyone else. The rangers or boards in other areas of the park cannot be relied upon to inform you whether the campsite is filled. We were informed it was full, but we decided to drop by nevertheless.

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Month of VisitJune
  • Review photo of Desert View Campground — Grand Canyon National Park by Lane J., May 14, 2024
Rod D.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2023

The best place to see the Grand Canyon right from your campground

Great location to enjoy the east side of Grand Canyon NP.  There is a fantastic trail right from the campground for unbelievable views and no crowds.  Trail is unmarked but easy to find and follow.  The edge of the canyon is right there, so caution is warranted for young kids and pets. 

Campground hosts had left for the season, but the friendly Park Rangers filled in and did a  great job, going above the call of duty keeping the older restrooms super clean.  We appreciate you! 

Would have given 5 stars, but there were quiet hour issues as campers ran their generators during the middle of the night and there were multiple late night arrivals or 4 am departures.  Otherwise, the night skies were amazing and lows in the 30s made for great campfires and sleeping.

This is an older smaller campground.  It is not a fit for most RV's, but great for vans, truck campers, small trailers, and tents.  It is within walking distance of the watch tower and east visitor center (long walk or very short drive). 

We will visit again when we want to enjoy the wonder of the Grand Canyon without the crowds.

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Month of VisitNovember
  • Review photo of Desert View Campground — Grand Canyon National Park by Rod D., October 28, 2023
  • Review photo of Desert View Campground — Grand Canyon National Park by Rod D., October 28, 2023
Christian R.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2023

Desert view campground

Nice campground a little ways from the main village. Has a short walk from your camp site right to the edge of the canyon with amazing views. Super clean bathroom and has fresh spring water to fill up with

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Month of VisitNovember
  • Review photo of Desert View Campground — Grand Canyon National Park by Christian R., October 20, 2023
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Lauren C.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jun. 23, 2023

Amazing Campground on the South Rim

If you’re lucky enough to camp here, it’s absolutely amazing! There’s 40+ sites varying from car to RV, but they’re spaced nicely to allow privacy. I stayed at site 24 and had a completely open wilderness behind me. So much so that a family of deer came within feet of my tent and I could hear the wild horses at night! Picnic table and fire ring at each site. Facilities are nice and the Rangers were extremely helpful. I went in the middle of June and the temps still dropped into the lower 30’s, so be sure to plan accordingly.

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Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of Desert View Campground — Grand Canyon National Park by Lauren C., June 23, 2023
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Troy L.
Reviewed May. 22, 2023

Great experience

Overall this is a great campground. Our spot was directed next to the camp host and close to the restrooms. There was plenty of space between us and the neighbors with some privacy.

The campground is located directly next to the tower and is a short walk to the edge of the canyon. It’s about a 30 minute drive to the village with several view points along the way.

One day while eating lunch at the site we had a group of wild horses come into the campground, which was pretty cool to see.

The weather was nice overall. Mid 70’s during the day and 40’s at night. The last night we were there we did experience high winds. We packed up our chairs and a few things before bed so they wouldn’t fly away.

We will definitely keep this campground on our list of places to go back to.

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Month of VisitMay
  • Review photo of Desert View Campground — Grand Canyon National Park by Troy L., May 22, 2023
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kristen A.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed May. 10, 2023

Amazing views just a short walk away

Helpful camp host, easy to find site and set up. We were one of the few tents at that point- lots of small RVs/vans but a quite campground overall. No showers- closest we found were in Grand Canyon Village. Dish sink behind bathrooms, which were fairly clean and had TP. Would absolutely come again just for the views- you can walk to the edge of the canyon in less than 5 minutes.

Month of VisitJune
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Reviewed Oct. 14, 2022

Amazing 5 min hike nearby

Max of 30 ft RV, definitely reserve a spot before, distance between spots, trees for shadow, fire ring, table, great host, everything is well maintained, clean and you get all information and flyers from him. And a 5 minutes hikes where you can enjoy an awesome view!

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Month of VisitNovember
  • Review photo of Desert View Campground — Grand Canyon National Park by Imke , October 14, 2022
  • Review photo of Desert View Campground — Grand Canyon National Park by Imke , October 14, 2022
J
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2022

Perfect location!

Busy but quiet campground, just a 5-minute walk from the rim of the Grand Canyon and a 10-minute walk to the Desert View Watchtower. Inner loop sites are very close together, would be great to book adjacent sites if you are traveling with a group or large family. If you don’t like people, reserve a site on the outer loop between 22-44. Only one set of bathrooms, but they’re clean and well-stocked. Sink for washing dishes behind restrooms. BYO dish soap. Camp host is very friendly and helpful. Watch out for ravens — they will steal anything resembling food. We lost two scrubbing sponges because we left them out to dry and ravens stole them.

We had site 8, which I would not recommend unless you like being very close to the restrooms. I prefer more solitude. Too much foot traffic and people walking through our campsite.

If you bring your dogs, please keep an eye on them and make sure they are secured in your tent or camper at night. There are coyotes.

Each site has a fire pit and picnic table. BYO firewood but if you need more, they sell it at the Market by the watchtower for $6.98/bundle at the time of this writing.

Do not miss the sunrise over the canyon! There is a short trail between sites 46/48 that takes you right to the rim. Beautiful, quiet campsite that is the perfect location and home base for your GC adventure!

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Month of VisitNovember
  • Review photo of Desert View Campground — Grand Canyon National Park by Joy , October 10, 2022
  • Review photo of Desert View Campground — Grand Canyon National Park by Joy , October 10, 2022
Maud L.
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2022

Amazing!

Beautiful campsite with a hidden viewpoint. The camphost was so kind! Had a great stay, would definitely recommend!

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Month of VisitOctober
Corey B.
Reviewed Jun. 26, 2022

Great location for Grand Canyon South Rim

We camped here in mid June and loved the campsite!

We stayed in site 45 for one night but accidentally reserved a day off from our plans. We were able to reserve a nearby site for the 2nd night and moved our tents over that morning. 

The sites were both great for 2 x 2 person tents. There were no fires allowed and the fire pits had caution tape on them. The tent spots were flat and well maintained. While you are close enough to see other campers people were never too noticeable. We found that a lot of people were gone by 5 AM but were not loud enough to wake us up. 

The real highlight of this area of the campground is that there is a trail that takes you to the rim of the grand canyon. The view there was awesome. We took night sky pictures and came back there for sun-rise. The view makes the campground awesome. 

Unfortunately there is only 1 bathroom and the water is near that. It was a bit of a walk each time we had to go. Not awful, but I've definitely been to campgrounds that had closer water.

The host was nice, but we didn't see him much. 

We hiked the South Kaibab Trail to Cedar Ridge on our 1st morning. We really recommend getting up early for this hike as the shade was really helpful. Hiking into the canyon kicked our butts a bit. Bring lots of water!

As far as weather, June was great. It was cool enough to sleep at night and pleasant during the day.

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Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of Desert View Campground — Grand Canyon National Park by Corey B., June 26, 2022
  • Review photo of Desert View Campground — Grand Canyon National Park by Corey B., June 26, 2022
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S
Reviewed Jul. 29, 2021

Good place to stay when visiting Grand Caynon

A nice place to stay that offers tents or RV’s. The bathroom is not too far from any one location, there is water available near the sites too. A few things to take note, if the host is not available then you would have to wait until their done to fully check-in once you have arrived at your site. Also a ranger was going around inviting guests to a morning seminar but she did not come and invite my family for some reason, and this hurt my youngest son’s feelings. Lastly, there is a coyote that roams the campsite which has attacked people, so be careful.

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Month of VisitAugust
  • Review photo of Desert View Campground — Grand Canyon National Park by Scott H., July 29, 2021
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Maria H.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jul. 9, 2021

Amazing

It is so close to the south east rim at the watch tower!! The hosts are very friendly and helpful!! The sites are pretty and not crowded. And the other campers are respectful and quiet. We would definitely stay here again.

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Month of VisitAugust
Robert S.
Reviewed Jul. 9, 2021

Great spot!!

This campground in a perfect location where not many people hang around. It also has a trail that’s about a quarter mile long to a private over look of the canyon. Sunrises are the best at this spot!!

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Month of VisitJune
K
Reviewed Jun. 10, 2021

Not first come first serve anymore

Was planning to go here but it is not first come first served anymore (according to NPS website), you now have to reserve sights

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Month of VisitJuly
Rebecca S.
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2019

Great location, a little noisy.

Great location, no reservation needed, but you do need to get there pretty early for a spot. Camping spots are really spacious. A little noisy. Bathrooms were clean and stocked other than soap.

  • Review photo of Desert View Campground — Grand Canyon National Park by Rebecca S., October 2, 2019
  • Review photo of Desert View Campground — Grand Canyon National Park by Rebecca S., October 2, 2019
Matthew G.
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2019

Wow

We loved camping here. If you don't like a lot of people then staying on the east side of the canyon is so much better. Terrific camp ground and the host is the best you'll find!

R
Reviewed Jul. 22, 2019

We absolutely loved Desert View Campground !

My grandchildren and I arrived in July of 2018 and spent two nights here in my 17ft Winnebago Micro Minni Winni Camper. The campground host “Bill” was awesome! I was new to parking my camper and Bill helped to get her in position.

We enjoyed this campground so much, I decided if there was ever an opening for a campground host, I would be the first to apply!

I did and yes, I got the job!!! Come on out and visit Miss Belle and Miss Roe at Desert View Campground!

  • Review photo of Desert View Campground — Grand Canyon National Park by Roe B., July 22, 2019
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Catherine C.
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2018

Cozy, close to everything

This is a great place to camp on the south rim! Walk to Navajo point snack bar/camp store and watchtower! Tent camp sites have shade and a picnic table. Go catch sunset at the tower! But get there before 6! Very quiet campground off tourist path just far enough out of high traffic areas. Highly recommend!

Month of VisitSeptember
  • Review photo of Desert View Campground — Grand Canyon National Park by Catherine C., September 28, 2018
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Reviewed Aug. 22, 2018

Grand Canyon Camping

Great site near the Grand Canyon. Not too far from a lot of the popular sites. Also has its own general store.

  • Review photo of Desert View Campground — Grand Canyon National Park by Gamaliel A., August 22, 2018
Erin B.
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2018

Great stay!

Wr really enjoyed our stay here with family. Great location close to beautiful views!

S
Reviewed Jun. 8, 2018

Nice campground.

Host is friendly. $6.00 a night with Senior pass. No soap so take some with you. Somewhat quiet but people (including us) wake up early to see the sunrise along the rim within walking distance. There is a pretty decent General store near the watch tower. Less crowded for sure but about 25 miles to main visitor center.

  • Review photo of Desert View Campground — Grand Canyon National Park by Sheila W., June 8, 2018
  • Review photo of Desert View Campground — Grand Canyon National Park by Sheila W., June 8, 2018
Tara S.
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2017

Gorgeous Views, Quiet Campground

We camped at Desert View in April. We were originally hoping to book at Mather Campground, but it was totally booked for the dates we wanted. Desert View does not accept reservations, so we decided we’d head over early and try and snag a site. We got to the campground at about 12 pm on a Friday afternoon, and there were plenty of sites available. Camping at Desert View ended up being one of the best decisions we made for our Grand Canyon trip. Although it’s farther from some of the major attractions, it’s also really quiet, and the canyon views are spectacular.

At the time of our visit, my husband was recovering from a leg injury. Instead of hiking into the canyon with me and the kids, he stayed behind at the campground. He found a little trail that he could walk on with his crutches (between sites 46 and 48). He was able to walk to the edge of the canyon and relax under a tree for the whole afternoon without seeing a soul.

The Desert View General Store is within walking distance and sells food, along with a great selection of local wine and beer. The Desert View Watchtower, also walking distance from the campground, is incredibly beautiful. Beware of sneaky ravens who will steal your food the minute you leave it unattended.

Month of VisitMay
  • Review photo of Desert View Campground — Grand Canyon National Park by Tara S., October 30, 2017
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Andrew S.
Reviewed Jul. 16, 2017

Ranger Review: Green Goo Dry Skin product at Desert View Campground, AZ

Campsite Review:

When I started planning our trip to the Grand Canyon, I knew I wanted to camp somewhere close to the canyon. You can't get much closer than this. This campground is located on the south eastern rim of the canyon, and is only about 200-300 yards from the canyon. (as the crow flies)

There aren't any hookups at the sites but there are flush restrooms available. If you want to shower, you'll have to go to the other campground in the area (Mather Campground). There are no reservations for this site, and is first-come first-served only. The sites typically fill up by around 1 or 2 in the afternoon, but when we were there in June the sites were full by 10 am.

Most of the individuals who where camping there were in tents, but the sites have access to campers/RVs that are 30ft or less (truck and trailer)

We loved the few nights we had there, and nothing beats waking up and walking over to the canyon to see the sunrise. Definitely a must camp.

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Product Review:

As a Ranger for TheDyrt, I occasionally get products to test, and on this I trip was able to test out Green Goo's Dry Skin products. During the summers my hands and feet really dry out from being outside so much and wearing sandals. Typically, by around the middle of June my feet have already begun to crack and split, which is both annoying and painful.

I was excited to try out the Dry Skin products from Green Goo, hoping that these would keep my feet and hands from cracking on our road trip, but I started off wrong. My problem was that I waited to put the Dry Skin on my feet after they had already begun to split. So, the lotion didn't work as well as I wished. Next time I'll definitely need to start using the lotion as a preventative instead of it being the problem solver.

For an extended video about this product click here.

Camping with the GO: Day 4

During our road trip around the US, I was able to try out the GO camper from SylvanSport. This was the 4th night camping the GO and we are still finding out little things that we love about this camper. Today it was the maneuverability of the GO. When we got to the site we were having trouble getting the GO exactly where we wanted it while it was hooked to the Jeep, but once we unhooked it we were able to steer it exactly into position with no fuss.

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Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of Desert View Campground — Grand Canyon National Park by Andrew S., July 16, 2017
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Dominic U.
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2017

Good, just can't reserve a spot.

This campsite is good although you can not reserve a spot, aka it is on a first come first serve basis and it can/does fill up. It is kind of busy but no where near as busy as the main campground in the center of the southern rim "town". The camp host were friendly and knowledgeable, so if you get the chance talk with them! There is an observation area/tower that is a moderate walk and a small gas station that is close as well. There is flush toilets but no showers here. I was impressed with the quality of water coming from the pumps. Overall, if I were to come to the south rim again, I would without-a-doubt be staying at this campground!

  • Review photo of Desert View Campground — Grand Canyon National Park by Dominic U., January 25, 2017
  • Review photo of Desert View Campground — Grand Canyon National Park by Dominic U., January 25, 2017
  • Review photo of Desert View Campground — Grand Canyon National Park by Dominic U., January 25, 2017
Fain H.
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2016

Camping on the South Rim

A quick trip exploring the eastern south rim of the grand canyon, from Desert View Watchtower to Grand Canyon Village. Only got to hike the Rim Trail and Grandview Point Trail but it being my 1st time to the Grand Canyon I couldn't complain and still spent the next few days in awe. Can't wait to go back.

  • Review photo of Desert View Campground — Grand Canyon National Park by Fain H., October 27, 2016
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Noah Johnathon M.
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2016

Desert View

Desert View is a hidden gem at the south rim of the Grand Canyon. Although many people tend to lean toward the more common parts of the south rim, this is a place that will give you more of a nature feel to the camping experience! Would recommend!

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Elliott B.
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2016

Excellent is you want to get away from the crowds

Great first come first serve site on the eastern end of the park which is actually great for catching the sunset from the watchtower. I bit away from Mather and the main overlooks, but makes the sites so much less crowded!

Great for tents because the large monster RVs can't fit (although some smaller one's and popups would be fine)

Clean restrooms (because it's less crowded) drinking water and your site will have a fire ring and table. You're not under huge trees, but there are a bunch which help separate out the sites so you're even more private.

  • Review photo of Desert View Campground — Grand Canyon National Park by Elliott B., September 23, 2016
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JESS H.
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2016

Less crowded

The fact that it's not in Grand Canyon Village means it won't be so crowded, which is usually what campers are looking for. The sites are fairly close together, but pretty private considering. It's a very small ground so getting to the loo is easy enough. The terrain is also totally different from the Village, much more desert-y (as the name implies, though there is plenty of shade) & so offers a different experience. If/when we go back, we'll be looking to stay here.

  • Review photo of Desert View Campground — Grand Canyon National Park by JESS H., September 22, 2016
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Reviewed Aug. 29, 2016

Desert View at Grand Canyon

This is an option for those who don't have a reservation at Mather campground located in the Grand Canyon Village. Sites are available first come first served. Arrive by noon or before to get a site. Sites are close together. Drinking water and flush toilets. Wood available at a store nearby. The drive to the Grand Canyon village takes about 30 minutes. It is a winding road and is very dark if you drive it at night. We try to get back to camp before dark after a full day of hiking.

  • Review photo of Desert View Campground — Grand Canyon National Park by Carrie  D., August 29, 2016
  • Review photo of Desert View Campground — Grand Canyon National Park by Carrie  D., August 29, 2016

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Desert View Campground — Grand Canyon National Park have RV hookups?

According to TheDyrt.com, Desert View Campground — Grand Canyon National Park has water hookups.

What is the max vehicle length at Desert View Campground — Grand Canyon National Park?

Desert View Campground — Grand Canyon National Park allows vehicles up to 30 feet.

Are fires allowed at Desert View Campground — Grand Canyon National Park?

Yes, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, fires are allowed at Desert View Campground — Grand Canyon National Park, although make sure to check current fire restrictions in the area.

Does Desert View Campground — Grand Canyon National Park have wifi?

Yes, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, Desert View Campground — Grand Canyon National Park does have wifi.

Is there cell phone reception at Desert View Campground — Grand Canyon National Park?

According to campers on TheDyrt.com, Verizon signal is available, AT&T is available, and T-Mobile is available.

How hard is it to get a campsite at Desert View Campground — Grand Canyon National Park?

Some campers book as far as 6 months in advance, so on high-demand weekends it can be very difficult to get a campsite at Desert View Campground — Grand Canyon National Park. If you want to get a last-minute campsite at Desert View Campground — Grand Canyon National Park, try setting up a text message Alert at TheDyrt.com/alerts

Why is it so hard to get a campsite at Desert View Campground — Grand Canyon National Park?

There are 50 campsites at Desert View Campground — Grand Canyon National Park and over 80 million Americans who camp! Try snagging a cancellation by setting up a text message Alert at TheDyrt.com/alerts