If you’re planning an RV trip in Arizona this summer, there’s a good chance that the Grand Canyon is on your list of destinations. After all, the Grand Canyon was the second-most visited National Park in 2017–with a total of about 6.2 million visitor–and for good reason: it offers breathtaking vistas and lots of opportunities for exploration. Whether you’ve been there before or not, the Grand Canyon is always well-worth a visit.
However, it’s important to plan ahead if you’re traveling in an RV, because RV-friendly campgrounds in the area are limited. In fact, none of the National Park Service campgrounds have RV hookups. The following four campgrounds/RV parks are probably your best options:
Trailer Village RV Park
Trailer Village is the only RV Park is the campground inside the park with RV hookups. It’s owned and operated by an outside concessioner, not the National Park Service, but it puts you right next to the South Rim, which is the more popular side of the Grand Canyon for visitors. Conveniently, Trailer Village is open year-round, and it offers paved pull-through sites that will work for RVs up to 50 feet long. View the website.
Grand Canyon Camper Village
Outside of the National Park itself, Grand Canyon Camper Village is the closest RV-friendly campground. It’s located in Tusyan, which is about a mile away from the South Entrance, and you can easily take the National Park’s free shuttle bus to get to the South Rim. Plus, you’re within walking distance of a general store, several restaurants, and a movie theater. For RVs, Grand Canyon Camper Village offers 50 amp full hookups, 30 amp full hookups, and 30 amp partial hookups. It is open year-round. View the website.
Canyon Gateway RV Park
For those who are willing to camp a little further from the National Park, Canyon Gateway RV Park is an option to consider. It’s about an hour’s drive away from the Grand Canyon, but the forested hilltop on which it is located is pretty picturesque itself. In total, there are 101 RV spaces, each of which is 25 feet wide and can accommodate RVs up to 90 feet long. Both 50 amp and 30 amp hookups are available. View the website.
Interstate 40 Grand Canyon RV Park and Campground
If your trip to the Grand Canyon takes you down historic Route 66, you may want to stay at this RV park and campground. It’s 72 miles from the National Park (a little over an hour’s drive), but it’s also located relatively close to other points of interest in Northern Arizona, like Cataract Lake and the Route 66 Zipline. Open year round, Interstate 40 Grand Canyon RV Park and Campground offers 50 amp full hookups, 30 amp full hookups, and 30 amp partial hookups–all at daily, weekly, and monthly rates. View the website.
South Rim National Park Service Campgrounds
There are camping options available through the National Park Service. Some have RV hookups and some don’t. Some are first come first served, and some take reservations. Click on this link to visit the NPS’s website for more information on these campgrounds.
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