Guru Tips for Planning your RV Trip
Bringing an RV to the Grand Canyon can be a great way to visit popular destinations at the canyon and nearby parks. Lodging can be limited or booked well in advance so if you're flexible and willing to stay at campsites without hook-ups it can really open up the places you're able to visit.
Rent an RV
- If you don't own an RV or can't bring your own RV to the canyon, renting is a great option to explore the canyon and other nearby attractions is.
- Outdoorsy has a ton of options from camper vans to larger RVs and is a great place to start looking for rentals.
Reserve your site or campground in advance
- If you need hook-ups, especially if you want a site at Trailer Village on the South Rim make sure to make a reservation well in advance.
- For car camping reservations at the canyon and other nearby parks go to recreation.gov.
Book a tour or ticket before you get to the canyon
- A guided tour is a great way to really experience the Grand Canyon and having a reservation means you won't have to worry about finding activities when your on vacation.
- Learn more about tours with our complete list of Grand Canyon Guided Tours.
Get geared up
- We’re definitely gear junkies here at the Grand Canyon Guru. Check out our recommended gear for our favorite canyon-ready clothing, travel bags and outdoor gear as well as rental options to outfit your trip.
More resources for your Grand Canyon trip
- It always a good idea to have travel insurance for your trip. Check out rates and get travel insurance before you head to the canyon.
- If you need more booking options for hotels, rental cars, flights, tours and tickets just check out our Grand Canyon reservations page.
- Keep reading to learn about RV parks and campgrounds
List of RV Parks and Campgrounds
Grand Canyon South Rim
Trailer Village RV Park
- Adjacent to the Mather Campground Trailer Village is operated by Xanterra Parks and Resorts and offers RV sites with hook-ups.
- Rates are $43 per night
- Advance reservations may be made by calling (888) 297-2757; for same-day reservations call (928) 638-2631.
- A dump station (closed during the winter months) is located near Mather Campground.
- Pets are allowed, but must be leashed at all times, and may not be left unattended.
- Located on the South Rim, Mather Campground is the largest campground in the park.
- No hook-ups
- 30-foot trailer or RV maximum
- Located in Grand Canyon Village on Market Plaza Driv
- Fees are $18 per site per night
- Group sites are also available, $50/night, maximum of 50 people and 3 vehicles per group site.
- (877) 444-6777 or online at www.recreation.gov
- Reservations are strongly recommended from March 1 through mid-November
- From mid-November through February 28 reservations are not available at Mather Campground and family campsites are $15 per site per night, and group campsites are $30. This is on a first-come first-served basis.
- A maximum of two vehicles, six people, three tents are allowed per site. (A vehicle that is towing a trailer, pop-up, tent trailer, fifth wheel, or a motor home pulling a vehicle is considered two vehicles).
Desert View Campground
- Located at the end of Desert View Drive on the South Rim.
- No hook-ups
- First-come, first-served
- Campsites at the Desert View Campground are $12.00 for each space for each night
- 30-foot trailer or RV maximum
- Located 26 miles/ 42 km east of Grand Canyon Village.
- Open May through mid-October.
- Learn more about the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.
Grand Canyon North Rim
No RV campgrounds are located within Grand Canyon National Park on the North Rim, but there are several North Rim RV Parks and Campgrounds outside of the Park.
- Operated by the U.S. Forest Service. 16 miles/ 28km north of the canyon rim. No hookups or reservations.
- Although no hook-ups are available there are several Forest Service roads with space for Rvs. Inquire at North Rim Visitor Center inside park, or at Kaibab Plateau Visitor Center at Jacob Lake (928) 643-7298. In winter contact the North Kaibab Ranger District, Kaibab National Forest at (928) 643-7395.
- Learn more about the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.
Grand Canyon West Rim
There are no RV campgrounds are located at the West Rim, including the Tuweep area of Grand Canyon National Park. There are however many options for Rvers in cities near Grand Canyon National Park.
- Learn more about the West Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.
Grand Canyon East Rim (Marble Canyon)
Lees Ferry Campground
- This is a tent camping site and will only fit the smallest of Rvs. 54 designated sites. No hookups. Grills provided, no open fires, bathroom/comfort station, potable water available, launch ramp 2 miles. No reservations. $12 per site/per night.
- Learn more about the East Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.