This was essentially our basecamp for our Grand Canyon Visit. Really close to anything you could need and your entrance to GCNP is covered for a week after paying the one time. Could not for the life of me find public water to refill my potable anywhere in GCNP, ended up getting a fill-up from the Tusayan FD. The general store at GC doesn't disappoint though, I got a decent camp chair and a new water receptacle for a great price, and breakfast at El Tovar in the park is highly recommended. You're almost guaranteed to see wildlife, especially elk. The elk calls at night can be eerie, but peaceful. Noticed A LOT of trash that I wish I could have picked up if we had room. Even some poorly-thought-out latrines. Do better, people.
The site was beautiful and you could hear the Elk early in the morning and evening. 4G LTE was readily available if you need it.
Definitely recommend if you're visiting the Grand Canyon. Minutes from the park entrance.
Could only get one night at the Mather CG in Grand Canyon, so we went boondocking just outside of the National Park in Kaibab NF. It was only a few minute drive from the park entrance, and had nearby access to shops.
This is a primitive campsite so no facilities, bathrooms, water, and pack in pack out. There were a handful of campers here but enough space along the road to find a private spot. There were a few other nearby forest roads that offered dispersed camping but this one had fewer people.
Would certainly camp here again if we can't get a spot in the park.
- Great boondocking campground 5 miles from the entrance of Grand Canyon National Park! First come first serve.
- Super convenient to the town of Tasayan for supplies and food.
- A great alternative if you couldn't get reservations for campgrounds in the area. It's hard to believe this place is FREE!
- North of the Tusayan Ranger District and under a mile from the South Entrance Ranger Station. Walking distance from lots of things
- You can see the campgrounds from the main highway so it can get a little noisy and headlights can be a little distracting in the evenings
- It's a dirt road getting in and can be super muddy during wetter seasons. A lot of people have gotten stuck in the mud. 4 wheel drive is highly recommended.
- Because it was so muddy when we were here, it was a little difficult finding a flat/dry/level spot to pitch a tent. This place is ideal for RV/trailer camping
- Warning: Lots of generators running throughout the evening. Bring earbuds
- Fires are allowed and some sites have firepits. Lots of found wood lying around that can be used as well.
- There are plenty of areas to camp (definitely can accommodate at least 20 different groups) and you'll even have space to spread your legs.
- There are lots of trees in the area so I'd imagine there'd be nice shade during hotter weather.
- Not as secluded as other boondock sites we've been to, but you can't beat the close proximity to the Park.
- No showers, toilets, running water.
- Practice LNT and pack in pack out. This place had some trash lying around and you can definitely tell it's heavily used. Help pick up trash if you see any and leave the place better than you found it.
- Great cell service with AT&T
We absolutely LOVED camping here. We were able to enter Grand Canyon National Park super early before the crowds and enjoy the views uninterrrupted. This is such a great spot to camp for anyone on a budget who is just looking for a place to rest their head. We couldn't believe how close this was to the Park and that it was completely free. It's also quite beautiful if you can get past the mud and loud humming of generators. If you're in an RV, this place is the dream. We woke up the next morning to the entire campground covered in snow. It was absolutely stunning! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!