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Attention: From October 16 to October 31, there will be minimal services and depending on the weather, there may be no running water in the campground. Composting toilets will be available during this time.


part ofGrand Canyon National Park, National Park Service
Status: Open through Sat Oct 31 2015   Season Dates


The North Rim Campground is located on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park in northern Arizona. The canyon's rustic and less populated North Rim is home to abundant wildlife, hiking trails, North Woods forests and unparalleled views of one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

The facility is at an elevation of 8,200 ft., with pleasant summer temperatures and frequent afternoon thunderstorms. There may still be snow on the ground when the campground opens in mid-May; likewise, it may snow before the last reservation day in mid-October. Because of this variability, visitors should come prepared for any weather.

Natural Features:

North Rim Campground is shaded by large Ponderosa pines interspersed with aspens, which turn golden-yellow in the early fall. It borders Transept Canyon, a side canyon that drains into the main canyon, provided a stunning view for the premium campsites.

The North Rim lies on the Kaibab Plateau, an area that has been uplifted by geologic processes, making it higher in elevation. Many species of wildlife call the Kaibab home, including the tassel-eared Kaibab squirrel, found nowhere else in the world, mule deer and numerous species of birds.

A short walk along the Transept Trail or a visit to the Grand Canyon Lodge during sunrise or sunset yields spectacular views of yellow, orange, red and violet on the canyon walls. Although there is no view of the Colorado River from North Rim, layers of rock display billions of years of geologic history.


Hiking is the most popular activity for visitors. Campers have access to the Transept Trail, an unpaved trail that travels along the rim to the visitor center and lodge, as well as the Bridle Trail, which cuts through the forest and connects with the North Kaibab Trail.

The Bridle Trail is the only trail that allows bikes and pets. The North Kaibab Trail descends into the Inner Canyon.


There are picnic tables and campfire rings with cooking grills at each of the 90 campsites, as well as drinking water spigots placed throughout the campground. Pay phones, showers and laundry are available within walking distance for a fee (coin-operated). The Grand Canyon Lodge dining room, deli, general store, gift shop and post office are only operational from May 15 to October 15.

The Grand Canyon Lodge and visitor center are one mile south of the campground. The nearest town is Jacob Lake, 41 miles away, and the closest full service grocery stores and medical facilities are in Kanab, Utah and Page, Arizona.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Campsites
  • Comfort Station
  • Convenience Store
  • Dump Station
  • Fire Rings
  • Laundry
  • Parking
  • Ranger Station
  • Restroom
  • Showers
  • Water Drinking
Know Before You Go
  • From May 15-October 31 sites by reservation only. There are no walk-up sites available
  • The North Rim Campground will be closed for the Winter, November 1-May 14.
  • Contact ADOT at 888-411-1491 to check road conditions before traveling to the park
  • This is a high elevation facility; please use caution when traveling from lower elevations
  • Afternoon thunderstorms are common from June through Sept.; be aware of flash flooding when hiking the Inner Canyon
  • Family and premium sites are restricted to two vehicles
  • Pets are allowed in family sites only
  • Sites 11, 14, 15, 16 and 18 provide a prime view of the canyon and are considered premium sites
  • No more than two motor vehicles or one vehicle with a trailer allowed per family campsite; no more than three small tents or one tent in addition to a motor home or trailer are permitted
  • Group sites are tent-only and restricted to three cars per site
  • Individual tent-only sites are restricted to one passenger vehicle; no RVs, camping vans or trucks permitted; sites are approximately 100 ft. from parking area
  • Tent-only sites are limited to one large tent or two small tents; many sites are not level and may require additional leveling equipment (see individual site descriptions)
  • The North Rim Campground cannot accommodate livestock. Visitors planning on coming to the North Rim with livestock must contact the Backcountry Information Office 928-638-7875, Monday-Friday ,1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. (MT).
  • Trails below the rim are steep with few to no water refill stations; summer temperatures in the Inner Canyon can soar above 100 degrees; use caution
  • Campers arriving after-hours will find their campsite assignment posted on the kiosk located at the campground entrance, and must confirm their reservation by 8 a.m. the next morning
  • There are no hookups
  • Coyotes and other wildlife frequent the area; all food must be stored in a vehicle or approved container
  • No gathering firewood; firewood is for sale at the campground general store from May 15 to October 31
  • Portable showers are prohibited
  • As of July 8, 2014, there is no longer a fire ban at North Rim Campground. Campfires are permitted

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
36.21028, -112.06056
36°12'37"N, 112°3'38"W

North Rim Campground is 210 driving miles (4.5 hours) north of Mather Campground on the South Rim.

This facility is located at the end of State Highway 67, about 41 miles south of Jacob Lake, Arizona, 87 miles south of Kanab, Utah and 120 miles southwest of Page, Arizona. Highway 67 is the only road into and out of the North Rim. There is no access by road across the canyon from the North Rim to the South Rim.

From State Highway 89A, take Highway 67 south for 30 miles to the park entrance. The campground is located about 11.5 miles from the entrance station. The turn for the campground is the second right after the North Kaibab Trailhead parking area, and 1/4 mile past the turn for the North Rim Unit (Administration) and Backcountry Offices.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

NPS. General Delivery
North Rim  AZ  86052

Phone Number:

Information:  (928)638-7888
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