South Rim Grand Canyon Rv Parks (With Pictures)

Grand Canyon South Rim Rv Parks


South Rim Campgrounds

One of the main reasons that people go to the South Rim is to camp. It is a beautiful place to see the sunset and rise. There are many Campgrounds to visit within the South Rim and around the South Rim.

Mather Campground

One of the best places to stay in the South Rim is on the Mather Campground. This is located in the Grand Canyon National park in Northern Arizona. The Grand Canyon draws in over 5 million visitors per year and is perfect for everyone ho wants to meet people from all over the world in one place. People who come here are usually fun people to be around and will help with directions in a second. You will not have to worry about space as this campground is very spacious and is the only campground within the Grand Canyon Village.

There are hiking and biking trails, a free shuttle bus system, a general store, and a visitor center within only a few miles. Hiking is perfect around the summer season as temperatures get up into the 80s. Just be sure to keep hydrated. If you have problems with thunderstorms then itb might be best to avoid months such as July, August, and early September. The spring and fall seasons are usually cool with random snow.

Amenities to expect:
  • Picnic Tables
  • Shade
  • Shuttle Bus Service
  • Trash Collection
  • Grills/Fire Ring
  • Utility Sinks
  • Coin Showers
  • Paved Parking
  • Water Spigot
  • Emergency Services
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Dump Station
  • Equestrian Sites
  • Flush Toilets
  • Pets Allowed
  • Recycling
  • Picnic Table
  • BBQ
  • Campfire Rings
  • Drinking Water
  • Grills
  • Paved Sites
  • Fire pit
  • Trailer Village RV Park

    The Trailer Village RV Park is the place everyone should visit at least once with their recreational vehicle. This park is known as the only in-park park that offers full-service hookups. It is also very close to the Grand Canyon South Rim. The Trailer Village RV Park is a fully paved pull-through site that will accommodate any recreational vehicle up to 50 feet long. One other great feature of this rv park is that it is open all year round.

    Important information about the Trailer Village rv park

    • Check-in time is: 12 p.m.
    • Check-out time is: 12 p.m.
    • Quiet hours is: 10 p.m. - 8 a.m.
    • Only Charcoal fires.
    • Pets must be kept on a leash. You are required to clean up after them.
    • Washing your vehicle is prohibited due to water shortages.
    • Dumpsters should be used for all trash.

    Desert View Campground

    Located about 25 miles east of the Grand Canyon Village is the Desert View Campground. Stopping at the Desert View Campgrounds, you will get to see the first views possible of the Grand Canyon. Desert View Drive is also known as Arizona Highway 64 and it connects Desert View to the Grand Canyon Village.

    The Desert View Campground has a total of 50 sites, an asphalt pad, an elevation of 5446ft, and can accommodate recreational vehicles up to 30 feet long. If you have a big family then this might be a good place to stay as it allows campsite of up to 7 people. This is a seasonal campground so it is only active during the months of April to October. This campground has no hook-ups and is on a first come first serve basis. Make sure you get there before 12 noon or there will more than likely be no more spaces available. Plan your trip to the Desert View Campground so that you arrive a couple of hours before 12 noon.

    Base Camp : South Rim

    This is a remote camping location and you can find it on the dirt road off of 180. This location offers fantastic views of the San Francisco Peaks. For your convenience, there are also gas stations and airports close by. This campground is not for large recreational vehicles. It is only able to accommodate tiny homes, vans, travel trailers, or rvs at this time. Do not take this as a means of saying that this campground is lacking as it makes up for its small size with modest weekenders and absolutely wonderful views for everyone.

    Things to note:

    It is always good to know whether or not certain things on a campground is allowed. One good thing to know about Base Camp is that it allows its visitors to start campfires, visitors are allowed to bring their pets and there are toilets available. It would also be great to know that you should ring your own tents, vans, RVs, and trailers. there is not an abundance of campsites like other campgrounds. Base camp only has one campsite and allows up to 8 people.

    Please note that you will need to provide your own means of electricity by using some sort of generator because the Base camp does not provide electrical hookups. Base Camp also does not provide any sort of water hookup, tv hookup, or any type of sewage hookup. You will also be required to spend a minimum of one night and you even have the option of booking the location for up to three months ahead.

    • Picnic Table
    • Kitchen Available.


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    How to Make Campground Reservations:

    • For the Mather Campgrounds, you can make Reservations through the National Recreation Reservation Service
    • For the Trailer Village RV Park, you need to make reservations through the Delaware North Parks & Resorts website

    Indian Garden Campground

    The Indian Garden Campground is Indian Garden Campground is about 4.8 miles from the South Rim on the Bright Angel Trail. Accessing the campground requires descending more than 3,000 feet into the Grand Canyon. The Bright Angel Trailhead is located in Grand Canyon Village on the South Rim just west of the Bright Angel Lodge near the beginning of the West Rim road shuttle stop.

    Use The Grand Canyon Railway

    Since 1991 it has been operated by Xanterra Parks & Resorts for the National Park Service. Today's Grand Canyon Railroad departs from the historic Williams Depot in Williams Arizona which is listed on both the United States National Register of Historic Places and as a contributing property within Route 66. The railway was built by the Topeka and Santa Fe Railway on the 17th of September, 1901.

    The train travels alongside the south rim of the Colorado River over beautiful desert landscapes, passing through several bridges until it reaches Grand Canyon National Park.

    The railway's primary purpose was to ship products from the mining communities in the interior of Arizona and bring tourists into the area.

    With an increasing number of Americans owning automobiles after World War II, passenger numbers started to decline. By 1969 only 690,000 people rode the train while 1 million visited by car. To boost ridership, in 1974 Amtrak created American Freedom Train which followed Route 66 and featured a stop at Williams Depot. The attraction proved so successful that Amtrak added extra cars for even greater capacity.

    Grand Canyon Railway Travel Schedule

    DatesDeparture Time From Williams Canyon Arrival TimeReturn Departure Time from Canyon Williams Arrival Time
    January 1-October 319:30 AM11:45 AM3:30 PM 5:45 PM
    November 1-December 31 (except December 25)8:30 AM 10:45 AM2:30 PM4:45 PM

    The grand canyon south rim, is one of the most visited tourist attractions in America, and features spectacular views. Many visitors come to the South Rim to enjoy the views, ride the rail line, or take part in other activities. The grand canyon railway has been running for 120 years as of 2022 and is still an important mode of transportation for people. If you are thinking about taking a trip to the Grand Canyon South Rim soon, I suggest you check out this great historic railroad.

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