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At the North Rim, the Tuweep (also known as Toroweap) Campground is located in the remote Arizona Strip on the Northwest side of the canyon. The National Park Service oversees this facility, which is known as a “primitive campground:” picnic tables, fire grates, and composting toilets are provided, but no electricity or water is available. Sites may fill during spring months, especially on weekends.

The Jacob Lake Campground is run by the U.S. Forest Service 44 miles North of the park. Drinking water and flush toilets are available on-property, plus this campground is within easy access of the town of Jacob Lake where gas and other supplies may be purchased. All North Rim campgrounds are open from mid-May through mid-October, weather permitting.

On both the North and South Rims, “dispersed camping” or “camping-at-large” is permitted within National Forest Lands as long as one’s vehicle is situated ¼ mile or more from the main highway. Some restrictions may apply, particularly at the North Rim.

The gateway communities of Williams, Flagstaff, Page, and Kanab, Utah also have many fine RV Parks and Campgrounds. For more information, visit www.rvpark.com Insider tip: Before you commit to camping, remember that nights get cold up here. Overnight lows in the 20’s are reported as late as Memorial Day. Bring a good sleeping bag!

Insider’s Guide Reader Tip: “If you don’t wish to bring your own camping equipment, you can rent it (tents, sleeping bags, etc.) in Las Vegas (www.westernwanderer.com), Flagstaff (www.peacesurplus.com) or at Grand Canyon South Rim’s Canyon Marketplace (928/638-2622).” – Jill G.

Travel Tip 8 - How Long Should I Stay?

The typical Grand Canyon family vacation is two or three days (see Travel Tip 22). You tell us how much time you have to spend, and we can tell you how best to use it, whether you have a day, a weekend, a week, or more. Tell us how you’re getting here, how much driving you’re willing to do (or not do), and we’ll help you coordinate a vacation that will last a lifetime in your memories, whether you’re coming through Phoenix or Las Vegas, staying inside the park, or making Flagstaff, Williams, Sedona or Page/Lake Powell your “home base” for exploring the area.

Travel Tip 9 - Do I Have to Pay to Visit Grand Canyon?

Yes, Grand Canyon National Park is a Federal Fee Area. It is $25 per vehicle to enter the park via the South Rim or North Rim. Persons entering the park by bicycle, foot, motorcycle, bus, train or other type of commercial vehicle must pay a fee of $12 per person. Your entrance fee is good for one week’s time, so be sure to keep your receipt with you each time you exit and re-enter the park.

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