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Desert View Campground Grand Canyon National Park Arizona

Desert View Overview

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Desert View Campground has 50 single-family campsites and is located on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon (25 miles east of Grand Canyon Village). It offers spectacular scenery, less crowds and amazing photography opportunities – especially at sunrise when first light paints the canyon in soft pastels.

The campground is usually open May through mid October. Campsites can accommodate tents, trailers and small RVs (no hookups).  Each campsite has a table, fire ring and grate. Very few sites can accommodate large RV’s or Travel Trailers (30 ft. maximum length).  The campground is usually full by early afternoon during the busy summer months. There is a limit of six persons, two tent or two-vehicles, or one RV/Travel Trailer per site. There is a 7-day camping limit.

Desert View campground has a campfire center, drinking water and flush toilets. There are no shower facilities or RV dump station at this campground.  The nearest showers are at Mather Campground in Grand Canyon Village.

The Desert View area offers some of the best views of the Colorado River from the rim of the Grand Canyon. The historic Watchtower and Tusayan Museum are located here too.  A gas station, snack bar and market are located within a few miles of the campground.

Mather Campground is also located on the South Rim. It is about 25 miles away and has 327 reservable campsites.

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  • BBQ Grills
  • Campfire Center
  • Campsite Tables
  • Drinking Water
  • Fire Pit
  • Grills
  • Iron Ranger
  • Pets OK
  • Picnic Tables
  • Restrooms (Flush Toilets)
  • Backpacking
  • Biking
  • Bird Watching
  • Canyoneering
  • Cultural Sites
  • Hiking
  • Historic Sites
  • Mountain Biking
  • Museum
  • Nature Trails
  • Photography
  • Picnicking
  • Stargazing
  • Visitor Center
  • Walking Trails
  • Wildlife Viewing
Grand Canyon Village, Arizona 86203
928 638-7888
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Best Campsites

8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 16, 24, 25, 34, 38, 39, 44

Campsite Types
  • ADA
  • RV
  • Tent
  • Trailer
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May – Mid October



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Desert View Comments & Reviews

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2 Comments on “Desert View”

  1. John Arnold says:

    Need to update information. Campground is now Reservation only, no First Come sites; as of April 29, 2021. Reservations are made through Rec.Gov

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