This is a National Park Service campground. There are NO hookups; it is boondocking at its finest. If you want to get away from the bedlam at the Grand Canyon Village area, this is the place. We stayed in site #22, in the back of the loop. Bring leveling boards or be prepared to use your leveling system if you have one. Absolute quiet, all you hear are the ravens and the wind. Short bike ride or walk to the canyon rim and the watch tower. No facilities at the campground other than restrooms and water spigots throughout the park. No dump station; you need to go to Mather campground (26 miles) to dump. If you love peace and quiet, this is your paradise; if you want hustle and bustle and hookups, go to Trailer Village. Not reservable; first come, first served, but we had no problem finding a site in September. We loved this place and will definitely return. We camped here in a Motorhome.
I gave this park a 9, because it is "as advertised." Yes it is dry camping, and there are low hanging branches. But we knew that going in. It is a beautiful national park with minimal amenities. I would definitely stay again. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
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We stayed here for 3 nights, and used 2 different camp sites for our stay. This is your typical bare bones, boon docking camping. There are no hook-ups of any sort. The bigger problem with this campground is that there is no uniformity to the sites, and the sites are all very small and laid out pretty poorly. We were in a 30 ft motorhome with our Jeep in tow. We could barely fit down the roads in the park with trees and branches scraping the sides of our coach as we drove down the small, windy roads. We managed to get a ticket from the Gestapo (park ranger) for not having all of our wheels on the pavement. When we tried to explain that the site was too small to properly fit the motorhome & Jeep all on the pavement, we were given the answer that was not their problem. Ended up unhooking tow and moving Jeep wheels over 2 ft so that all 4 wheels were touching the pavement. This park also has some really bad generator rules; on one stretch of sites, you can not use your generator period (pine loop). On the other sites that you can use your generator, the hours are 8am-10am and then 6pm-8pm. This may seem reasonable, save for the entire park is up and going by 7am and everyone has left by 9am at the latest. You will hear everyone moving at 6am; no biggie for us, as we were up, but not able to fire up generator and make coffee till 8am, no thanks. After the second day, we ended up firing up the generator up at 7am. I spoke to all my neighbors and they were all good with it. They say this campground is for tent camping and such. However, over 60% of the people in the campground were in motorhomes with another 20% in travel trailers. They probably need to just update this park, move all the tent campers to the generator free area, and leave the motorhome & travel trailers free to do their thing. Don't think we would ever stay here again; it's just too crowed, missing all the basic services, and roads are too narrow with funky turns. There are other RV camping options just down the road in Tusayan that would have made our trip to the Grand Canyon a little more enjoyable. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Nice National Park. Unserviced. Sites close together, and ours was quite small. It was tricky to maneuver a truck camper. However, the sites were well laid out, so they felt private. Free shuttle bus nearby allowed you to get anywhere you needed to go in the Canyon. Also close to groceries, cafeteria, bank, and Post Office. Showers shared with Trailer Village, and we were close to them, but many sites would have been quite far. We camped here in a Truck Camper.
I called the 800 number for reservations at Mather campground for 1 week, starting March 20. When I arrived on March 20, the campground told me my reservations were for April 20. They were full and still found me a space for 1 week. They were great. Very friendly staff. The campground is a typical National Park with no hookups. The rangers and park police drove the campground on regular basis. Showers clean and only $2. Laundry clean and plenty of machines. Everyone at the park was friendly and helpful. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a National Park operated campground and has no hookups. It is a beautiful park with paved sites and about half are pull-through. All sites have a combo BBQ-fire ring and picnic table. If you can boondock, consider staying here. Generator hours are from 8-10 am and 6-8pm. There is a laundry, $1.75 wash and $1 for dry (8am-4pm), and showers (8am-6pm). Obviously these hours are for the benefit of the government employees who supervise these facilities and are not intended to meet the needs of campers), dump station and potable water. At the nearby Market Plaza, there is a bank, and a grocery store with a surprisingly good selection food including fresh vegetables, fruit, and meats. Diesel is available at Tusayan and Desert View at inflated prices. There is a convenient free shuttles that operates throughout most of the park, however, not to the far east end of the park. Full recycling is available. The $18 campsite fee does not include the $10 reservation fee. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This goes down as one of our very favorite campgrounds. Pull-through site with a large woodsy area that included a picnic table and fire pit (plenty of trees). Much space between sites. Beautiful, peaceful setting within walking distance of shuttle bus stop and market. We originally booked Trailer Village but changed after reading the reviews. While Mather is in a much more beautiful setting, Trailer Village was definitely better than a "parking lot" as others have described. If we wanted hook-ups and never saw Mather, we would have been pleased. Having said this, we were thrilled to have changed to Mather. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We were pleasantly surprised by this park. Our experience with camping in the US, as we have stated in previous posts, is that you either get a parking lot with hookups or "rustic" sites with no hookups- there is usually no middle ground. Although the same applied here (no hookups), the environment was very nice. Although not terribly private, the site we had in Aspen loop was clean, level and generally very nice. As stated in other posts, we had several elk wander through and even lie down in the woods around the sites- very cool. The biggest downside to it was that after paying $25 to enter the park, they dinged you for every other little thing such as the use of a computer terminal in the laundry area and $2 for every shower. This is a pain in the neck as you constantly have to carry or get change. Our suggestion is to bump the entrance rate a bit and don't nickle and dime everyone- similar to other national parks (ie. Mesa Verde). I would agree that the pull through sites are tight and in fact we had to back out of ours to get out- there was no way to negotiate the corner. We actually had to relocate to another site on the last night. We took a "tent" site in Pine loop and backed into the site- it was much more private than our original one. We would recommend this campground and would stay here again without question. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Adequate space between campsites and the abundance of trees gave us a sense of privacy. I enjoyed the smell of pine trees throughout our stay, and there were two elk lying around the campground during the day. Our site, 45, had a rather large open area which was close, but not too close, to the RR's and dish washing sink. Not a lot of traffic through the campground since people walk to the bus stop to tour GCNP. Beware of the pull-through sites as they really vary as far as the ability to get an RV or a trailer in and out; we were tight with our 21' travel trailer. The arrangement of the commercial-size trash containers was interesting; they are dispersed throughout the campground and are located next to the campsites, so you may end up camping next to a set - I wonder whether you could see these on Google Earth to avoid them? We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We tent camped here on the Pine Loop. This is a beautiful campground of Pinon-Juniper forest. Short walk to the free shuttle bus to visit sites around the park. Close to the market plaza where there is a general store and restaurant. Great location for seeing the sites at GC. We would camp here again. We camped here in a Tent.
Great big campground within walking distance of the free shuttle bus system. We camped in a large pull through site up near the top of the campground. The sites are large and very quiet. Be aware, though, the campground is hilly, and we were quite tired walking uphill from the shuttle stop. Next time, we'll try to get a site closer to the entrance. Beautiful location. Can't wait to go back! We camped here in a Motorhome.
To be honest, we were disappointed. But after being here, I understand the situation. This Grand Canyon National Park has hundreds of visitors and campers. We were lucky to have reserved a pull-through on the Juniper Loop. Although our site was microscopic and a real challenge to manuver into (and out of), it was larger than others. If you're in a Class A, it will be snug. There are no hookups in this CG; Trailer Village should have some hookups and can handle larger RVs. We used the Shuttle System to get around the park. That worked well, however we needed to unhook the Toad to drive to the nearest shuttle parking lot. We left at 5:00am and thought we'd be waking up everyone. However, many others were up at that time too, everyone going to the Rim to view the canyon at sunrise. Strong recommendation: see the canyon right at sunrise and right at sunset, those were our most memorable moments. When we were here (mid-June) every campsite was taken, every parking place taken around the visitor center, mobs of people everywhere. Just be prepared for that. (Probably more people from France, Germany, and Japan than from the US). We had several enjoyable conversations with many of them. We camped here in a Motorhome.
There are plenty of sites for big rigs, but they limit the size to 30 feet due to the fact of maneuvering through the trees to get in and out of the park loops. We found this not a problem but could see this might be intimidating if at night or very crowded. So there you have it, dry camping at its best but you are limited with size of rig. We stayed here three days with our large DP and had a great time. The limited generator time was no problem. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Good location in the Grand Canyon area. The sites are wooded and not too close together. The showers are at the entrance to the campground and are $2 for 8 minutes, but that is plenty of time. There is a laundry at the same facility and both are very clean. There is an attendant available at all times, so quarters can be obtained on site. There are limited sites for larger rigs but ours was a large pull through. We would stay again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This is a nice forest camping experience. Yes there are other campsites near by but not too close. The sites are on the small side not because they are side by side, but because they were cleared with as little damage to the native vegetation as possible. I have never driven a 40’ MH or pulled a long 5th wheel, but I think it would be a challenge on some of the interior roads. Many trees along the interior roads show scars from encounters with RVs. Guess who always wins. There are some sites that look big-rig friendly. The ranger who checks you in will know if your rig will fit. There are no hook ups. If you want to shower, use the one you brought with you or there are a pay showers near the entrance. Bring lots of quarters and rinse off fast. There are rest rooms in the camping areas. Take advantage of as many Ranger walks and talks as you can. These folks are very knowledgeable on the Parks geology, vegetation, and history. You will come away with knew knowledge and a much enhanced canyon experience. This is a great place to bike. The roads are bike friendly, there are bike paths, and you can bike to any vantage point depending on your own endurance. Bikes are not allowed on the rim trail. At first thought this was a bummer. However, the rim trail was meant for walking, looking, and contemplation. I realized that doing the latter two on a bike could place you at the bottom of the canyon much faster than a hike. There is a large supermarket within walking distance. The Nat. Park provides a shuttle service to many areas that you will want to visit. Only service dogs are allowed on the shuttle. For those who can’t bear the thought of not having full hook ups, there is another campground in the park a short distance from Mather, Grand Canyon Trailer Village which has those full hook ups. It is not run by the National Park Service. I didn’t bike through it this trip, but a couple of years ago I did. It isn’t some place I’d want to stay with Mather so close by. How can I put this, you have seen parks like this many times. If you have children with you, or you are on a romantic getaway, Mather Campground’s environment will provide a more memorable experience for both situations, even though a romantic getaway with children must be an oxymoron. I will visit the Grand Canyon in the future. I will always enjoy staying at Mather. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
As noted by other reviewers, this is a great campground. We have a 27 ft motorhome and found the road and sites tight but very doable. The shuttle is very convenient. Reservations are definitely a good idea, particularly during high season. We drove through the full-hookup campground and definitely would not want to stay there. Very close and trashy. To correct a prior post, generator hours are from 8 until 10 a.m. and 6 until 8 p.m. That is a bit restrictive since we wanted to be out hiking earlier and often wanted to be out to dinner during the evening hours. But, we made it work. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Nice place but very dry camping. There is a spigot to fill up your tanks. South exposure for Sat setup if you want to watch during generator hours 8-10pm, 6-8am. Very close to Yavapai Lodge where you can get free Wi-Fi at the Canyon Cafe there almost all day and very late at night. Very important for those of you that need internet. Nice shower building $2.00 for 8 min. Great place to see South Rim. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is a wonderful setting. Our campsite was quite spacious with plenty of trees and shade. The sites were well spaced from each other. We often felt like we were camping by ourselves in the woods. We had regular visits from elk. There were no hookups of course but water was easily accessible and there were central showers (fee) a short drive down the hill to the check-in area. The campground is only a short distance from the Canyon and the tourists but felt isolated from the crowds. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is a really nice place to stay. Short walk to the Grand Canyon or pick up a free shuttle at the entrance. Nice spots with trees for shade and privacy. We had to move three times because individual spots can be reserved months ahead of time. The pull throughs can be tight to get into because of trees and narrow driveways. Much nicer than Trailer Village. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Dry camping at its best. We have a 25-ft class A and could get around the narrow road OK, but bigger rigs might find it tight. (Another campground with hookups is close by.) Very large, treed site. Walking distance to big grocery store/gift shop as well as the shuttle stops. Large laundry, very clean and convenient. Couldn't get cell service at the site, but could at the more populated areas, like Grand Canyon Village. Rate was half-price; senior rate. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a great family park. We pulled in with our 33' MH with super slide and had no problems. We had site # 183 the first night, pulled in backwards, which faced the table and fire ring. It also had the local water bib for folks to wash dishes, etc. Us pulling in backwards allowed our slide to cover the mud hole created by the water bib run-off. Site was plenty long for our rig. Second night we moved to site # 258 (across the street) due to late reservations on our part. Good site, a bit shorter, but all OK!. Peaceful and great smelling! An easy walk down to the bus or store. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Mather campground, Grand Canyon National Park. Dark and quiet, despite being very big. (Of course, it is off-season and pretty cold at night.) Convenient via 15 minute walking trail or shuttle to Market Plaza with large grocery store, deli and post office, and to the canyon, but you still feel like you're deep in the woods. Bathrooms clean, with flush toilets, but the showers are pay, and a hike. They have nice-looking dish washing stations, but were closed for the season. The campground is very pretty, with well-spaced sites and sites and lots of big trees. Vehicle traffic is limited to rigs of 30' or less, which makes sense; I wouldn't want to try it with anything bigger. Sites are level, with paved parking or pull-through pads, and the rest grass & dirt. There is so much to do here, walks and hikes and lectures – it would be easy to spend the better part of a week and still not do everything. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
I stayed here one night to visit the Grand Canyon on my way home. The staff was quite friendly and the park was very nice. I was at a site that had a threaded water spigot so I was able to easily re-fill my tank up. It was very quite in the Oak loop and very serene. Some elk wandered through the campground in the morning. The dump station was well designed but the water lines (potable/non-potable) were on the wrong side requiring two 25 foot hoses to reach my rig. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
No hook-ups available, but a very great experience. The campsite really gives you the real camping experience. Free buses near the entrance to see all of the South Rim. Campsite was very clean and really BIG! We camped here in a Motorhome.
Primitive site, with power and maybe water. Beautifully situated in trees, nice private spaces, mostly gravel or dirt and small, our 30’ was ‘ok’ but really geared to small rigs, campers and pop ups or tents. Loved it there. Specific generator times and quiet times. Rest rooms, showers and laundry all very well maintained. Staff were all very friendly and helpful. Would stay again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
If it wasn't for the bathrooms, which should be better maintained, I'd give it a 10. HUGE, beautiful sites. Great location. The camper services building adjacent to the campground was convenient for laundry and showers. It was clean and in good shape. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
[ 8 / 10 ]
OK: this is camping unplugged, but the setting was gorgeous and hardly anyone in the park in October. Lots of trees. We used our coach for showers, dump and water available at the entry to the campgrounds. We loved it. Did not like the "getto" feel of the trailer campground up the street with hookups. HUGE difference in ambiance. A light hike to the store and rim. We camped here in a Motorhome.
[ 4 / 10 ]
For such a premier national park (the canyon, rim facilities, and transit system are super), one would think the campground would be just as great. Not so. Showers and laundry are located at the campground gate area and are clean ($1 for a 5 minute shower: hey, it IS a desert). If you are sited at the back end of the campground like we were, you will probably want to drive down the hill for your shower (remember, at 7,000 feet, it's a hike back and you'll be all sweaty and hot again). And if you did not go early in the morning, there was a line waiting for you to stand in. The RESTROOMS, however, are another story when it comes to cleanliness. They were filthy morning, noon and night. I saw a cleaning individual one time, and I do not believe they did a thing except for checking on the toilet paper supply. A hose and a scrub-down were needed. In our area (Juniper Loop), one of the doors to the two men's stalls would not stay shut, and that left it to one stall for about 100 men in the area. Sites had ground fire grills concreted in the center of the dusty campsites, leaving little room for a tent without bumping into bedrock, pinyon roots, or trees. Cut branches were sharp and a hazard to the head or even the eyes. If it were not for the fact this campground were at Grand Canyon National Park, I believe it would go out of business based upon the filthy bath houses. Management needs to invest in a cleaning crew and campsite consultant. We camped here in a camper.
We were staying at this park during the Great Government Shutdown of 2013. It is a lovely park with no hookups, but good paved roads and driveways. The pads were unlevel, and after we spent some time leveling, we entertained ourselves watching other rigs go back and forth trying to level. The spaces are large and it is only 1+ miles to the Lodge and visitor center so it is very convenient. An absolutely beautiful setting. We would stay in this park again. Price indicates Senior 1/2 price rate. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Wow, this park is great! There are 78 campsites and another 12 tent-only sites, all dry camping. This is the North Rim Campground and operated by the National Park Service on the north rim of the Grand Canyon which is the same location as the North Rim Lodge and Cabins, operated by a concessionaire and location of the U.S. Post Office. I make this distinction because I have seen reviews that associate the North Rim with Jacobs Lake and the DeMotte campground. DeMotte is a few miles away and acts as a sort of overflow for North Rim. North Rim is booked full every day, way in advance. Make your reservations early, like a year early. North Rim Campground is way off the beaten path. Yes, the campground, lodge and cabins are booked full for the entire season (May to October) but the number of people making it to the North Rim is one-tenth the numbers that the South Rim sees. The drive from Flagstaff to North Rim took us about 5 hours with our 5th wheel. The drive to the campground is beautiful and almost worth it by itself, but once you cross Lee’s Ferry Bridge in Marble Canyon it is about 30 miles of uphill. Some sections are long and steep enough that it will push your transmission temperatures about as high as they should go. North Rim Campground is an old, CCC built facility. Technically, there are pull-through sites but don’t let that fool you into thinking your big rig can get in. The pull-throughs are just curved driveways alongside the road. And the curves in many spaces can be very tight with large Ponderosa Pines lining the drive so closely that even pop-ups, Casitas, Scamps, and A-liners sometimes have to be unhooked and positioned by hand. Also, when making your reservation, be mindful of the side of the road your site is on. If you are tent camping it won’t make any difference, but if you have any kind of RV that you want the entry door to face the picnic table & fire ring then you need to pick a site on the right side of the road. The streets are all one way so you can’t (if the rangers catch you) come down a road backwards so you can be turned the right way. But enough of that, this place is gorgeous. There is a mix of Ponderosa Pine and Aspen, wildflowers peak in August, and there are more views of the canyon than you can see in the one week limit of the campground. If you are a hiker they have trails of every kind. Everything from paved walkways on flat ground to canyon rim trails (no railing!); to the multi-day hike to the South Rim. Days are mildly warm, 70’s and low 80’s. Nights are cool. In our few days we have seen anywhere from 41 to 61 for overnight lows. August is monsoon time. There have been frequent downpours and more lightning than I care to be around. This is one of those campgrounds that you have to go to at least once. It is worth the effort. WiFi is available but only if you walk to the campground store and get in just the right spot on the porch. No AT&T phone at all, Verizon is text capable sometimes. If you want to make a call you have to hike out to a point that can see the South Rim where the cell tower is, ten miles away. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
The North Rim is a hidden gem, not nearly the number of tourists you'll find at the South Rim, and much prettier. The elevation is 8200 ft. Thick ponderosa pine forest, clean, sweet air. You can even schedule a mule ride into the canyon, on the spot, where as the So Rim you would need a 6 month reservation. The sites are all pull-through, with lots of space in between sites. You get a picnic table and fire pit. The park service store is great, lots of groceries, camp equipment, clothing, expresso and soft serve ice cream. We were surprised at their prices, very reasonable. We saw deer, buffalo, and antelope. The lodge and cabins are historical and well kept. There were ranger programs and nature walks avail. Will definitely stay here again, only longer. We got in without a reservation, but it's best to go online and reserve ahead of time. I think we just got lucky. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Wednesday, May 15 – North Rim Campground, Grand Canyon North Rim, AZ. This campground is about ten miles down the park road once you reach the fee station. The road down from Jacob Lake is about twenty five miles down through the Kalbab National Forest. We were there for opening day May 15, so everyone was just coming into the park. Nice campground with 78 sites plus 12 tent only sites set along the rim with aspen and ponderosa trees providing ample shade. Shower and laundry building for a fee at the entrance of the campground. A market with supplies and gifts nearby. Trails along the rim lead to the Visitor Center and Lodge. Beautiful spot to camp and our site overlooked the rim. Cost is now $25 per night without hookups and half that with a pass. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stayed in space 20 for 5 nights and were happy with it but would have liked just a bit more shade. I think you can book a year in advance online now so if you want to visit, book it as early as possible. Plus if you have a big rig like us, there are only 7 or 8 spots that are large enough. This place is a great camping experience. Tall trees everywhere, beautiful canyon views, great weather. The spots are quite large with plenty of privacy although navigating the campground itself can be a little hairy as very narrow roads in some parts. We didn't even attempt the dump station, it was that tight. I would stay here again even with no hook-ups and the restrictive generator policy. And they do enforce this policy. They drove around everyday after curfew to make sure geny's were turned off. Highly recommend. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a very nice national park campground. No hookups of any kind, but water is available is several places in the loops. Paved roads and sites were not real level but doable. The sites in the outside loop are much bigger and easier to get into with a larger rig. The dump station is a little tight to maneuver so watch the trees. Lots of great views of the canyon not far from the campground. The lodge, store, and various shops are nice, albeit a bit pricey. Mid October and the campground and lodge were still selling out. Make reservations even at this time of year. We tried to make a reservation for dinner in the Lodge dinning room the day before, but the earliest seating was for 9 PM! Many of the sites can be a bit tricky if you like using satellite due to the very large trees. The campground generator hours were a bit screwy too. 2 time periods generators are allowed, 7 to 9 AM and 6 to 8 PM. In order to bring the battery bank up enough to keep things running I had to fire the generator at 7 AM each day. Not something I would normally do. Fortunately the sites are far enough apart not to interfere with your neighbors activities. Also beware of some low hanging limbs as you navigate the campground roads in a high profile vehicle. We were in site #20, which was one of the longer sites. It was probably 80' from end to end. I would stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The campground was excellent, great store and bathrooms in every loop area. The only drawback was the pay showers have no heads on them in either men or women side. Water comes out a open pipe and is very forceful. Sites are uneven and require front and side leveling. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Wonderful experience! No hookups, No pool, No activities, but what a place! Well kept NPS campground, very busy, but not hectic. Lots of shade in the tall pines, and very cool for being in the AZ desert. Hope to go again soon. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Beautiful forested campground with 5 of the sites overlooking the North Rim (83 total sites). Very quiet and peaceful, even though it was full. Only about 5 sites will accommodate a 40' RV, but all sites are paved. Generator use restricted to 2 hours in morning and 2 hours in evening. We would definitely stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We camped here because of the proximity to the GC North Rim, knowing that there wouldn't be any hook-ups. Beautiful place! However, a few things to note. First, if you have any breathing problems or problems with altitude (~8,800’/~2,700m), you might want to reconsider staying here. Maybe you just want to visit and then camp at a lower altitude. Second, there are very few sites for 40’ motor homes. You’ll definitely need extra boards/pads to get level due to how they’ve built the sites. Getting through the tree-lined streets to the site wasn’t too bad. Also, they assign spaces on a first-come/first-served basis, and you may see some of the more big rig-friendly sites taken up by a tenter. Grr! Finally, if you need to use your generator, be aware that they can only be used 7am-9am and 6pm-8pm. Other than these items, this was a nice Natl. Park campground and served our purpose nicely. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Premier destination with large, well spaced, pull through paved and well shaded sites. Sites not quite level but not bad. Bring your levelers. No water or electricity at sites. Several water faucets about, and a dump station. Adequate bathhouse but no showers. Pleasant campground host. It is well known there are no water, electric, or showers for National campgrounds so OK, but for rating comparison an 8. The trail from the campground to the lodge gave spectacular views. We camped here in a Motorhome.
When we arrived, there were no available sites. We hovered at the registration area and learned that a camper was leaving a day early and he said we could take his site, which he had reserved last November. It was the best site in the park (site #18) with a clear view of the Canyon and easy access to the trails. Huge, private area in front of the camper. Literally, you could throw a stone and it would go into the Canyon. The strength of this park is clearly location, location, location. The setting is beautiful, and frankly, we think this is what camping is all about. Be prepared for limited electric and water. Generator hours are limited to two hours in the evening and two hours in the morning. Bathrooms are clean. You have to pay for showers and laundry. If you don't have a reservation, plan to get there at 9 a.m. and hover at the registration area. Don't be afraid to take a chance, as there are plenty of other options outside of the park, both in the national forest and shortly outside of the gates. There is no question that this is a fabulous campsite. For those very adventurous, there is a shuttle that takes you from one Rim to the other. If you want an exciting experience, plan to hike Rim-to-Rim. The record Rim-to-Rim trip was a little over 3 hours and has stood for decades. Plan for it to take a little longer, but you can easily get shuttled. A lot of pets in this park. (That was the only negative aspect for us!) Beautiful stars. Gas station in convenient location, and nice store within walking distance of the sites. Check the corner gas station for the nightly cookout. Plan to eat at least one meal at the Lodge, because the view is fantastic. Morning sunrise at the Lodge is a high recommendation. Plenty of Ranger programs available for family. The staff and the volunteers are simply the best! (Almost makes me proud to pay taxes!) Without a doubt, we will stay here any time we travel to the Canyon. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Weather was perfect so no electric wasn't a big deal. Great campground with the lots very spread out. When we were there, there was no vacancy, but it didn't seem crowded at all. We met two other families that had been to the South Rim and they said the North Rim was so much better. It was less crowded and cooler. We were in lot 47. Lots 14, 15, 11, 12, 13 (in that order) would be better picks. They have a view, but also have a steep hill behind them. Might not be a good choice with small children. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
As National Park campgrounds go, Grand Canyon North is great. You get no hookups so polish up your boon docking skills, but camping in the quiet forest 100 yards from the canyon rim makes up for skimping on water. The campground store is friendly, very reasonably priced and has wireless internet access. I don't know if it's an "official" store service, but the store has an outlet strip where you can plug in to charge batteries. We camped there beginning on opening day of the season so the contracted staff was still working out the kinks in the coin-operated showers ($1.50 for 7 minutes). The shower quality and consistency improved over the four days we stayed there. The laundromat worked fine. All the RV sites are paved: our hybrid travel trailer required a single 2x8 under the right-side tires for leveling. I recommend this park and the North Rim in general to anyone looking for a laid-back way to enjoy the Grand Canyon without the crowds of the South Rim. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
As far as National Park Campgrounds go this one is good. Nice trees and a quiet place with a forest feel. The roads are black top and in good shape. I just wish when they paved the sites they had leveled mine #12. It took four two by sixes under the right side tires to get the fifth wheel level and the front to back was off quite a bit too. I did notice some of the sites were pretty level so it’s a roll of the dice on getting a level one. But then again it is a Park Service campground and the scenery and surroundings are worth any problems. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This campground is located inside the National Park in the Ponderosa Pines. A few of the sites sit on the rim of the canyon with a limited view of it. There is a trail out of the campground to the Lodge (1.5 miles one way) that has some spectacular canyon views. All of the sites are pull throughs and will accommodate any size unit. We had reserved 2 nights and had no problems adding a third after we arrived. The campground has a dump station w/fresh water, pay showers, laundry and a store which should have anything you may have forgotten. Generator hours are from 7-9 am & 6-8 pm and the sites are shaded enough that our solar charger was not able to recharge our batteries. We camped here in a Motorhome.
What a beautiful location! Widely separated sites under the tall Ponderosa Pines. All RV sites are paved pull throughs, although ours was very unlevel. No hookups, but a good water fill-up point and dump station are at the entrance. Flush toilets are available and a nice general store, pay showers, and laundromat are very close by. The lodge and visitor center are about a mile away. The CG is only open during the Summer and Fall and reservations must be made a good bit in advance with payment in advance. Many sites are for tents only. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
My first impression of this campground was the wonderful pine scented aroma as we searched for our campsite. We had campsite #11, which was on the outside perimeter of the campground with beautiful sunset views. Even without any hookup
facilities, this was by far my favorite campground. We camped here in a Motorhome.
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Beautiful spacious sites. Reservations a must. Book early to take advantage of outer rim sites. They are pull throughs parrallel to the road so that you look out into the woods instead of at your neighbors. We camped here in a camper.
Excellent place to stay. Right in middle of all activities in Grand Canyon NP. Sites are mostly level asphalt with good hookups. Does not have WiFi, though. Elk wander throughout campground. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is probably as good as you can expect for a full hookup RV park within a national park. Friendly check in. No showers available within this park, only at the adjacent campground. Very convenient to the entire South Rim area with the shuttle buses. Elk and deer roam through in the evening. All the stores, restaurants and services you could want in the nearby Grand Canyon Village. All in all, just a real nice place. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Given that this is the most convenient spot near the south rim to have a full hookup, it's just fine. Clean areas, nice check in process. Great spot to stay while visiting the GC. We'd stay again. Verizon WiFi worked with a booster, but still a bit spotty (for those who get to work while traveling). Wildlife spotted in the campsite: Ravens (who got into the trash bag and mocked the dog), elk. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Wow, what a great place to stay to view the Grand Canyon. Roads and sites are paved. Most all the site need leveling. Elk roam the village almost every day. This is one of the few NPS campgrounds with full hook ups, which all worked great. The shuttle bus has a stop at the campground. There are restrooms in the campground, but you must go to the Mather campground for a shower. It is a 1/2 mile or so drive or walk. A great campground. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Sites are fairly close together. For a campground in a highly congested area it was good. The pad was new asphalt and level. They have been upgrading the pads in the area. The one problem I had was getting my sewer connection to hook into their receptacle. They did not leave enough room in the recessed area for me to be able to put it all the way in. We stayed here one night as we were going to the North Rim the next day. The staff was courteous and helpful. I would stay there again when visiting the Grand Canyon area. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Basically a giant parking lot. Our site was not particularly level. A shuttle bus stops at the entrance. We planned our whole trip around getting a couple nights here. As reservations showed the whole place was booked, but when we got here, there were tons open spots. Not sure what that is about. Recently repaved in asphalt. If you need hookups or a large pull through site at the Grand Canyon, this is your place. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Basic, clean, quiet. Great location easy access to free park shuttles. The power pedestals looked new. Some leveling required, bring blocks. We had to use blocks under one tire in addition to leveling jacks. Restrooms had flush toilets and sinks. Pay showers on located on the other side of Mather campground. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Easy access for any size rig; no problems with site; great location for visiting the Grand Canyon and a short walk to the market. If I came back, I would stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This campground is great for the location. In the National Park and has a shuttle location at the entrance to the park. The sites are all dirt. There is no grass anywhere in campground, which makes it hard for dogs to do their business. Dogs get very dirty! No AT&T service in area. Verizon is spotty. Our satellite worked great. Elk walk through campground and ravens are everywhere. I would not stay in this park if it were not for the location. Showers are not located in this campground. You have to walk or drive to Mather Campground to take showers or wash clothes. They were clean though. Staff was very helpful. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Location was great! Being at the Grand Canyon and near the general store and canyon cafe and shuttle stop. The showers and amenities are about 1/4 of a mile from the campground so we drove everywhere. It was great to have such a good RV location in the park. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The restrooms are very clean but showers are not available in this campground. All the sites are pull-through, and some sites are better than others. This campground is concession operated so no National Park discounts apply. The water/electric/sewer hook-ups are good and we had cable TV. Verizon cell was spotty but our personal hot-spot worked fine. The staff was super friendly & helpful. The shuttle buses have pick-up/drop off at the campground which is awesome! The sites need work as they are mostly dirt and some are not too level. There is a picnic table & grill at each site, but a "no-burn" is now in effect. It is so convenient to stay inside the park! Elk walk through the campground. There is a shopping area one bus stop away that has a very nice market. The buses and location bring our rating up to a 9. We would stay here again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Stayed here three nights. Hookups were in good condition. Sites fairly level. Plenty of room to walk the dog. Restrooms clean. Site used to be gravel or asphalt, it is now dirt. Park is quiet and shade on some of the sites. Check in was fairly easy, unless you are there when it is busy and room has to be made for the shuttle bus to turn around. A word of caution, don't leave your sewer hose out. We did and the ravens poked it full of holes while we were gone for the day. One suggestion would be for the Park to decide if they want the sites to be gravel or to pave them, because as they are, they are basically dirt and a pain with a dog. We camped here in a Motorhome.
I don't think I would drive all the way up here again with so much better CGs in Williams. There is no TV WiFi or cell phone reception (at least for Sprint) and once you are here shuttle buses take you every where. It's a 120 miles of extra uphill driving you don't need. We stayed here in a motor home. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Sites are gravel and not level. Close, but enough space to let our dog out on a 15 foot tether. Sights at the end of rows are more spacious with shade. Some sites are open, others have shade. Our site had a beautiful Utah Juniper tree for shade. Bathrooms has a toilets-no showers. Did not check for cleanliness-did not use. There is a laundry. No pets allowed. Plenty of area to walk the dogs. Many paved walking paths and woods are cleared so easy to walk through. Dogs are not allowed on shuttle buses nor on many unpaved trails into the Canyon. There is a day kennel if needed. Wifi- no. Verizon internet: Worked very well. Sprint internet: No service Verizon phone: good AT&T phone: No service Book exchange: No Activities: Hiking the Grand Canyon. Free shuttle bus within walking distance. Runs all day every 15 minutes. Mail Delivery: No, but there is a US Post Office in the Park at Market Plaza. Other comments: We saw huge Mule Deer almost daily in the RV park. On two occasions we saw Elk just grazing in the RV sites. Very cool experience. Free shuttle bus to other areas of the South Rim available right outside the campground (walking distance). Market plaza is maybe 3/4 to 1 mile from campground with a well stocked, but premium priced grocery, the US Post Office, a cafeteria, Chase bank, and a gift shop with hiking equipment available for rental or purchase. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
The best place to stay if you want to explore the Grand Canyon. Shuttle buses (free) stop at the RV park entrance every 15 minutes from 4:30 am to 10 pm. Make a reservation (possible online), otherwise you'll probably have to move on. Most of the year the park is fully booked. The sites are gravel, we leveled with a few boards. Hookups are arranged perfectly and in good condition. Verizon MiFi varied between one and three bars but worked well. Very quiet at night, a little noise from the sunrise viewers but that's negligible. Little privacy, since the layout is parking lot style. But this makes for all pull throughs. We'll come back for sure. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Grand Canyon Trailer Village was great. Check-in was easy, staff was extremely helpful and friendly. The sites and facilities were clean and cared for. Sites were not level but had adequate elbow room. Elk and deer wandering through the camp sites several times a day. Pet areas were as large as a forest. We will return. Camping was in the National Park, walking distance from the South rim and village, worked great for us. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This is a clean, quiet park. Sites are very old asphalt and dirt, not level. My site had a big mud puddle, and other sites had even bigger puddles. There are some trees but little shade. Roads are narrow, very old asphalt, in poor condition. Staff are brusque and unhelpful. Verizon data service works well. Cable is New Day, NTSC only. Cable usually works; sometimes it just says "acquiring satellite signal." Rate is total with tax; no discounts are offered. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a clean, well-run campground. And its location is everything. If it weren't in a National Park, it would get a lower rating because some sites aren't level and they are all narrow. But it is a great place to stay while visiting the Grand Canyon. The shuttle buses are convenient and the Zanterra Market is a very complete, though expensive, grocery store just down the road. This entire park is beautiful and very well run. We would definitely stay here again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We love being at this campground because it is so convenient to the shuttle buses that take you every place (free) that you want to go and see. It is all well organized so the shuttle buses run on time. This is the 4th time we have stayed here. It would be good to have laundry facility, but other than that, it is a good place to stay. We camped here in a Truck Camper.
Back to this campground after 25 years. This RV park fits in perfectly. There is a shuttle within walking distance. Use them, and there is no need to drive. Parking lots are crowded. Usually 7 to 10 minutes between pick ups. We were in site (H-45)--large, approximately 60 feet long. We did not need to disconnect our RV. Wi-Fi was strong. Cable TV. Plenty of areas to walk dogs. Elk around sites in the morning. LOCATION, LOCATION. Will return. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
The sites are assigned when you get there. The RV park is big rig adequate. The trees touched a little. The RV park has the location, location, location, but all the sites are not equal. After walking around the campground we noticed some of the sites were better. The site we had was not level and not maintained. It was high at the front and sloped to the left. It took some work to level. We would not call this site 38 foot friendly except that is was long enough. A big curb on the left side and a picnic table were the only "improvements". The site was wide enough. There were a lot of rental RV's in the campground. We noticed even though the park said "full" there were still some available spaces in the morning. Should reservations be cancelled at 5 p.m.? The cable TV had a minimum of channels, and some of them said not available. No Wi-Fi. We could not get AT&T cell service. We would stay here again only because of Grand Canyon National Park. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This isn't the nicest RV park we have stayed in. The paved roads could use some work, and the sights are close together. The paved roads could use repair. Water and electric hookups work fine. We were told to use the sewer hose only when needed to dump, because apparently the ravens like to punch holes in them. Go figure. Sites are level. AT&T cell phones did not work in the campground, but did work at the Grand Canyon Village. Verizon Wi-Fi worked intermittently, best in the mornings for some reason. TV satellite reception was fine, and would be at most sites. We had no problem navigating to our site in our 40' motorhome. The big positive is location, location, location! It is a 15 minute walk to the canyon rim, and 10 minutes to the grocery store, cafeteria, and lodge. The shuttle bus stops at the campground every 7 minutes. We would definitely stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Compared to concessionaire-run campgrounds in some other national parks, this one is a bargain at $35. All sites are pull-through and we had no trouble maneuvering with our 40' RV. Roads are paved; sites are gravel. We had no trouble getting satellite TV reception on our site. There were a few trees that could present problems on some sites. The Verizon data signal varied from tolerable to non-existent, but was usable most of the time. The sites aren't overly wide, but since this is the only full-hookup CG in Grand Canyon NP,. This would be a destination CG regardless of what the sites or other amenities were like. The real benefit of this CG is that there is a shuttle bus stop at the entrance and you don't need your car to go anywhere in the park. No waiting in line to get into the park and no looking for a place to park. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Nice park in a wonderful location. Our pull-through was level, clean, and included a herd of elk wandering through our neighborhood. We caught the shuttle to see all of the high points of this amazing National Park. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This park is very convenient to the National Park. The sites are close, and the best sites are in the K row, or the sites at the end of each row. They offer more space. We had elk and deer in the campground every day and the elk were vocal and actively in the rut. The hookups and cable worked and we had a decent Verizon signal. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
A little tough to navigate through the park with our 39' RV. There were low tree branches over the first site we were assigned so we had to switch. There are convenient, park free, shuttles stops a short walk from the campsite. The free shuttles take you pretty much everywhere. Nice trails for walking and lots of wildlife. No TV reception, no cable. No cell phone voice/data reception other than Verizon. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Large level gravel sites. Some grassy spots. Some shady spots. Cable TV but no Wi-Fi (saw folks with laptops at the market nearby). Bathrooms were clean with hot water and good water pressure, we didn't drive up to the camper showers. Mule deer and elk wander into the campground. Location, location, location. Shuttle near campground, but we didn't use it as we took our dog walking with us. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Since we go to the Grand Canyon several times a year, this is the campground that we stay in. It is convenient, has full hook-ups, shuttle stop close-by and ease of walking throughout the park from this location. Staff is very helpful, and it is easy in and out. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Park is a bit unkempt: weeds under tables, etc., but elk and deer do wander through. View site before, to be sure tree is not in the way, etc. Hookups worked fine. Room for tow at site but do need to disconnect. No Wi-Fi which is reflected in my overall rating. Friend complained about 3 noisy dogs in neighboring site, and after 2 days they had to move to another site. Dogs stayed put. Showers and laundry in neighboring campground not on site. Best thing is you are right in the park, convenient to shuttles etc. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The rate reflects staying 7 nights but paying for 6 because of a cable outage. This park suits our needs because it is close to the Grand Canyon. There are shuttles that come into the campground so you never have to drive if you choose not to. We were in site A-3 which was close to the shuttle pickup but a little tight with our three slides. They have cable but we lost it in a thunderstorm on our first night and didn't get it back until our last night. I felt the campground was very unresponsive to our complaints about the cable. The campground isn't pristine nor well landscaped but we felt the location overrode the negatives. There is no WI-Fi but it is accessible at several places in the park. There is no view from the campground, but it is just a short shuttle ride to the rim. The staff was adequate but not particularly friendly. The bathrooms were older but clean. We would stay here again just because of the location. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Perfectly happy with this park and the location to the GC. We had a nice shady end spot but some spots were all dirt, no shade, on top of your neighbour. Numerous large elk walk through the CG like they own the place! Love it! Friendly, although slow check in. We cancelled our last night with no penalty. Cable TV was a bonus during the Olympics. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
The roads are in disrepair, and the sites are tired looking, but hey, you're in the heart of the south rim of the Grand Canyon! Location is the best part of it. Full hookups and cable TV, but no Wi-Fi. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
The location in th GCNP was the most important thing about this site. We were given a drive through site, which was convenient for the shuttle bus, clean rest rooms and easy to get pretty level. We were woken by elks at dawn...scarily early but still magical! The showers were a bit of a walk but they were clean and hot. All in all good value for a great location. We camped here in a Motorhome.
I was once again more than underwhelmed by the quality of the RV facilities at our National Parks. Although not tightly configured "parking-lot style" like Yellowstone, the RV sites were adequately long and provided basic electric, water, sewer, and cable, but many (including ours) were unlevel side-to-side as well as front-to-back. Unfortunately the bathhouses did not include showers and lacked even simple shelves and/or hooks necessary to hold your shave kit. I imagined some bureaucrat in Washington declaring, "Let them use their RVs," when I asked the host where the showers were. I was told to follow a paved path for a short 5-7 minute walk to the nearby Mather Campground. They tell it to you this way so they don't have to say it's nearly a mile round trip. I measured it at 4/10 of a mile each way from the RV village entrance. If you're in the back of the village you'll walk least a mile. Luckily they do have parking if you can drive and avoid having to take a shower after walking back from your shower. Did I mention they are coin operated? Two dollars for eight minutes. This is long enough for most folks but you can't incrementally add additional quarters so if you have long hair enjoy the extra minutes of hot water to "get your money's worth." Forget Wi-Fi or cell coverage at this facility. For that we were directed to the local market. Unfortunately we were consistently frustrated when the Wi-Fi was down for over two straight days. (The "IT professional was out sick" we were told). I just can't help from feeling RV'ers are second class citizens at these National Parks and that the RV facilities are just an afterthought. Unfortunately they are the only game in town so if you want to stay at the park you'll put up with mediocre quality and lack of amenities. The location is most of my rating of 4 for this RV park. I would consider the RV park in Tusayan if I returned. Tusayan is just 7 miles South of GC Village just outside the park. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Stayed here for two nights. Very easy check in and access to pull through sites with full hook ups. Easy stroll to the shuttle bus for free access to all areas. Had a great stay, couldn't have expected or asked for any more. Great value. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Our spot was level, and long enough to stay hooked up. There is a shuttle stop right at the entrance and we took that everywhere. We had no shade or plants, just dirt. The showers are too far to walk to and the shuttle runs in the opposite direction. We would stay here again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Great location. Very convenient to shuttles and general store. That said, the park is poorly maintained. It is run by the same facility management company that run the hotels and this seems to be a stepchild. Unlike the hotels, there is no Wi-Fi and phone coverage is poor. The provided table is in need of sanding and paint, roads are shabby and have many potholes, and plants are struggling. If going to the Grand Canyon, we would stay there again, but just because of the location. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Run by a concession, this is the campground with service, and they were well laid out. Very close to Market Plaza, with grocery, banking, reasonably priced cafeteria, gift shop, Wi-Fi at Park HQ. You can walk or take free shuttle from campground entrance. We had a family of at least 6 chipmunks living on our site, and an elk came to graze in the evening. The negatives were unlevel site, and a very long distance to showers. (No cable or Wi-Fi either, but hey, you are in the Grand Canyon, which is exceptionally well run, by the way.) Despite the negatives, a great option for visiting the Canyon: location, location, location! We camped here in a Truck Camper.
Trailer Village is in the National Park near the southwest entrance. It is within walking distance to the park grocery store and within easy biking distance to most of the sites, including the new visitor center. While we were there in late June, the park was full each night. However, the 2012 annular eclipse took place that week and that may have increased the demand somewhat. The park is run by Xanterra for the NPS and they do a good job of keeping it clean, but it does need some maintenance (e.g., some gravel on sites and roads to reduce dust). Most sites are relatively level, but all have only a dirt surface. Sites are also close together. But given the prime location, one can overlook these shortcomings. Utilities are good; no cable TV. There are few trees in the park, so satellite reception is not a problem with most sites. When we visited this park, sites were assigned early each morning. Get there early if you need a long site for your rig. They have many sites that would accommodate a 36-ft motorhome; however, only a few would work well for something over 40 feet. We would stay here again; however, there are few alternatives. There is a park in nearby Tusayan, but it is outside the entrance to the Park. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Arrived an hour before check out. Staff allowed us to stay an hour past check out. Lot #H46, great spot with a shade tree, picnic table and close to bath house. No high grass or weeds, roads are paved and gravel and are well worn. Must still pay per vehicle to get into park even if staying overnight. We parked at Market Plaza with camper, don't bother with Visitor Center dedicated RV parking lot, all spots taken by cars. Easy in and out at Market Plaza, caught Free Park Bus there, did hop on/off through out the park. Very easy to get around. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The term Trailer Village gave me some concern when I first read some of the reviews but once we arrived I was pleasantly surprised. This campground is an excellent place to stay close to the canyon rim. There is a post office, grocery store, gift shops and several other stores available. The groceries a bit pricey but what do you expect in a tourist community miles from anything else. We loved the quietness of the campground. Elk and mule deer are within 5-10 feet of your camper calmly eating grass at any given time during the day. Sites are a bit narrow but manageable. We will definitely stay here again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Have to agree with the previous two posters, but would add our spot was C11 and it wasn't much more unlevel than most places. There are lots of trees and we saw elk wander through on two mornings. . Bus pick-up was a couple hundred feet from our site and you can connect with four other routes that take you almost anywhere in the park for free. We would certainly recommend this park to anyone. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Not too fancy but plenty good enough and neat to be right in the park so you can hop on a shuttle or take a short drive to wherever you want to go. It really was perfect for us - great spot for walking our pets (dogs & cats!) and for my hubby to hang out while I hiked down and stayed at Phantom Ranch for a couple nights (which I can now highly recommend too if you're up for the hiking part!!) At one point, there were also elk camping out as well! Also, close to Mather's Point, which is a great look-out spot. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Great area, we were parked close to the restrooms, which were clean and warm. There is only this RV site in the Grand Canyon. The ground on our park was very uneven, but good hook ups. Walking distance to the bus, which is free, I think an absolutely brilliant idea, keep all other cars off the road. We had to pay an extra $3.50, I think for the children. We would have stayed 2 nights but on the first night we woke to 5" of snow, so decided to leave before getting snowed in. The staff in the office were very accommodating and friendly. We camped in a 25ft RV. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The external and internal roads were asphalt. The sites were originally asphalt but have disintegrated many, many years ago. Leveling a rig is a little problematic due to some spots on the site are on asphalt and other spots were on dirt. The interior roads within the campground were narrow and crumbling. Our truck tires were barely on the road. The electrical pedestal had 15/30/50 amp service and the voltage was good. The water and sewer was a little closer to the front of the rig then normal. I had to use two 10 foot sewer hoses to reach the sewer. There was a picnic table and BBQ stand but no fire ring. Verizon air card and cell phone worked well here. The bathroom within the campground was clean and functional. The shower facility was located within the Mather campground We did not see a campground host but it was very quiet at night. It was off season so that could have made a difference. We would come back here again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
All sites are pull through and on a fairly level gravel surface, and have electricity (30 & 50 amp), water, sewer, picnic table, BBQ grill, but no wood fires are permitted. Full recycling is available. The name Trailer Village is appropriate as this is a typical privately owned campground with RV’s lined up side by side in rows. If you can boondock, consider staying at the Mather Campground, a very beautiful federally operated campground with no utilities, ¼ mile from Trailer Village. Laundry and showers are not available at Trailer Village but campers can use those located at Mather campground. At the nearby Market Plaza, there is a bank, and a grocery store with a surprisingly good selection food including fresh vegetables, fruit, and meats. If you want the convenience of full hookups situated in the center of this beautiful UNESCO world heritage site, this is the campground for you. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This campground is expensive in the winter. The water freezes at night and the sewer is in the middle of the site which meant we could not access it without moving, so one is basically paying for 20/30/50 amp power only. The bathrooms were clean. No showers available. Sites are gravel. Roads are paved, but I use the term loosely. We had a number of birds and a deer come through the campground. It was quite. Location is great and the shuttle bus stops at the campground. We did not receive a receipt though and the staff were not overly friendly or helpful. No wifi. Some sites are treed. Picnic tables available. Small, coal bbq on site. Lots of sites aren't overly level. The turn in may be tight for big rigs. Recycling available. We camped here in a Motorhome.
One of the nicest RV Parks I have ever stayed in! Beautiful sites, lots of trees, only minutes from the South Rim and Market Village. Arrived after hours and site info was clearly available and easy to navigate to our site. Had a wonderful time! We camped here in a Motorhome.
As other reviewers said this is the only campground with hookups in the park. Half of the park is for residents, mainly employees of the National Park Service. They are segregated in one area. Didn't see much of them. The sites are spacious as we were in a 35 foot plus toad and there was plenty of room. We were near a tree. Hookups were okay. Got down to 20F and no problems with water. We have a basement heater. Elk roaming through the campground. Lots of fun to see. Also saw herd of 25 on way to bright angel trail at 6:30 am. No fires here except contained. Everywhere else seemed okay and they sell firewood at store but not at trailer village. There is a cast iron BBQ grill for charcoal on each site. The picnic table is cemented to the ground. Bathrooms are heated! We had a blast. Convenient shuttle to get you where you want to go. You don't need a toad here to get around. When you check in make sure you don't block the shuttle bus. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Trailer Village is a great place to stay if visiting the Grand Canyon. In fact, if you want to stay at the Grand Canyon and want hook ups, this is the only option. The site we stayed at was not level, therefore, be ready to make some adjustments. Many trees surround the campground and RV sites, so be very careful not to scratch the top or side of your RV. Just before you enter the RV park, a Market Place is available. This shopping center includes a gift shop, cafe, groceries, post office, and bank (Chase). We were surprised one morning, as we exited our trailer we were greeted by a family of deer walking through our RV site. This was a wonderful surprised. The park can use a good clean-up and tree trim. Please visit their website for more details. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This was a good choice to stay in the park. With the shuttle service made getting around very easy and fun. We had a problem leaving because a dumpster was not put back in place, couldn't pull by. Friendly staff let us have a late check out. Yes we will stay here again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Trailer Village is a nice place to stay to see the Grand Canyon but I agree with the previous review that Xanterra need to step up and improve the sites. The shore services are good. You have to pay for showers and they are not close to the sites. The site we stayed in was not level, the picnic table was concreted in the ground and someone had bent it over to get it out of the way or run over it. This was not an easy site to get into because of a curb the length of the site, the picnic table and the services location. The trees are all along the campground roads and you have to be very careful not to scratch your top or sides of the RV. The roads around the outside of the campground are nice asphalt pavement. Restrooms and showers are old but useable. The site was long enough to park our TV on site. Be sure to make a reservation because they are full all the time. Because of their location to Grand Canyon we would stay here again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We stayed here in late October for 4 nights and would have stayed for a fifth if not for the lows at night were beginning to be consistently around 20F. Previous reviewers have been all over the place on what is right and wrong with this RV park. Obviously, the location, bus system, etc. are wonderful. The sites themselves are OK. All sites are FHU with 40 channel cable TV. Many sites have some level of tree shade and some are open for satellite. I found the sewer too far forward in the site. As an aside: ravens (or some other critters) pecked numerous small holes in our conjoined 30' of sewer hose in several places the third night of our stay. Most sites are unlevel to some degree: the concessionaire (Xanterra) is too cheap to grade the sites. Two showerless bathrooms service the RV park. The only building with the laundry and the ($2 pay) showers in the entire national park is almost 1/2 mile from the RV park entrance and much farther from the outer sites. About the same distance (down the same entry road but turn right instead of left) is the Market Place, gift shop, cafe, deli, post office, and bank (Chase). The RV park is also part of an area that has an employees' trailer section and employee dormitories. Being in the GCNP and just minutes from free buses to everything makes putting up with the negatives worth it. We camped here in a Motorhome.
What a great park in a GREATER location. The sites are not too big but we fit easily (41') It looks rustic but there was great cable, plenty of water pressure and it was easy to hook-up. The free shuttle picks you up right at the entrance. The stores, 5 minute walk, have everything and their food prices are not campground high. We camped here in a Motorhome.
It's the Grand Canyon! What do you expect? If you want to stay at the Grand Canyon and have hook ups, this is your only option. It's worth it because you can walk to everything from Trailer village. And it was quiet. It was so hot, we needed the electricity for the air conditioner. Otherwise we would have stayed in the Mather campground, (no hook ups) which is beautiful, set in the forest, with lots of space. Anyway, the trailer village campground is old, the alleys are narrow, the sites barely long enough and not level. The facilities are old, but very clean. No discount are available and you cannot choose your site. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is a very convenient place from which to visit the Grand Canyon using the shuttle buses - be sure you ask for a spot near the bus stop. It is an old park with reasonable site separation but the paved drives have been crumbling away for some time and gravel has been added to compensate. The elk graze in the park from time to time and that is very interesting. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Nice to be in the park and able to use the shuttle, but beyond that, little good going for it. The site are dirt and close together. Some sites have shade, but you cannot select a particular site using the online system. Not very friendly atmosphere. Over all, okay but doubt I would come back. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The signage to the Trailer Village is terrible, so follow the tent-icon signs just past Mather CG, and turn RIGHT when you see the Market Plaza parking lot ahead (before you get there) and the road ends at Trailer Village. The only significant strike against this RV campground is that the showers are a half-mile walk away (and $2). That was not practical for us, but it is the only place in the park for longer RVs. But I learned that the (free) Purple bus goes outside the park, and can therefore service the external hotels and campgrounds, just keep your pass and/or receipt for re-entry to the park. That is something to investigate if you have a larger rig and distance to the showers is an issue for you. Since we have no towed-vehicle, we had to rely on the excellent (free) bus services anyway, which I believe were far better than looking for parking, and went places cars were not allowed (like the best sunset views at Yaki Point.) It took every lego in my compartments to get level, which is strictly because the sites need to be re-graded. The campground itself is fairly level. Many reviewers did not like having to jump the concrete curb with their dump hose. It wasn’t a problem at all for me, since I carry one of those hose-support caterpillars. I just snapped it apart where it had to jump the curb, and it was a nice slope straight into the drain. This park probably had the friendliest neighbors of any NP we have stayed in. Some stopped to comment on our setup, or to ask for help with their awning (rentals) or to just bring a beverage to share and chat. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Only full hookups within Grand Canyon Park. Hookup are fine except sewer connection is too high on most campsites. Cable TV works very good. No internet. Park crowded. Park needs to be weeded very badly as it is overgrown with weeds. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Regarding the other reviewer who gave it a low rating, I don't know where they were staying, but this place is great. Long, level sites, full hookups right where you want them, shade trees. No, they don't have cable TV or Wi-Fi, but you are staying in the GRAND CANYON. It is a little high priced, but I think well worth it. Yesterday there were huge elk right outside our door. It is a little difficult to get reservations so you need to make them well in advance. We would come back here in a heartbeat. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Location was excellent. Took shuttle buses to get to hiking areas and for an overall feel of park. Staff professional and helpful. Pull through sites were very tight for our 40 ft. motor coach but with careful positioning we were able to open all 4 slides. Had to unhook tow vehicle before we entered site area; toad barely fit in behind coach. We were there during drought so something at night kept chewing through our sewer line; replaced it twice so bring extras. Electric and water pressure okay. Were here a week. Would stay here again but only because of location. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Very busy and closely packed, but the reason for being there is not the amenities. We were traveling with a family in a pop-up and they had a long hike to the showers w/ their children. We used our own shower, but we did use the laundry - same bldg. as the showers, so had to drive. Very convenient to all the sights, right on a tram stop. Would go there again! We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Great location! The campground is inside the National Park boundary and on the bus route, with the Blue Bus stopping at the park's check-in hut. There are benches and shade at the bus stop. Buses run about every 10-15 minutes most of the day and evening, less often very early and very late. The reservation system is remote from the site, centralized and combined with the system to reserve lodge rooms. The reservationist admitted that he did not know much about RVs. We called 2 weeks in advance and availability was limited; he got us reservations for 3 nights but not all in the same site and 2 nights were in a short site, barely long enough for our trailer, park the truck elsewhere. But upon arrival, the check-in staff said that they had reviewed our reservation and got us in a long site for all 3 nights, much better! I had called the on-site phone number (no reservations accepted there) to alert them about our split reservation and it really paid off for us. The park is sparsely vegetated and has little shade but the sites are good, level and all pull-through! Directions to the campground were poor and signage is also poor. The only saving grace was the park map which they gave us at the entrance gate, and by the time I got to the right page and got oriented we had missed the first turn-off, but we found our way round-about and had no issues. The restrooms were adequate but no showers; for those you have to walk over to Mather campground (which doesn't have hook-ups), about a 10 minute walk, plus the showers there take coins, so we used our own. The sewer hook-up is not convenient to keep hooked up to because there is a curb that the hose has to go over, but we usually use our holding tank so it didn't matter to us. I hope we can go back soon. This was so much better than some National Parks for travelers with a 5th wheel trailer and truck. I did not give it a 10 because of no showers and no electronic services of Wi-Fi nor cell phone, of course no cable TV either but a fabulous location to visit the Grand Canyon. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Our site, 41, was long enough for our 40 foot 5th wheel and was easily accessed. Some other sites might difficult for large units because of trees. Staff was friendly. The shuttle picks you up at the entrance of the campground. We'll always stay here whenever visiting Grand Canyon. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
The only good thing about this park is that it is inside the Grand Canyon Park. You must pay $25 per vehicle to enter the park for a week. That is on top of the $37 per night charge for an uneven, crowded, no shade spot in Trailer Village. My hookups were uphill from the only somewhat level place to park my trailer. We would have to get out and hold up our sewer hose to get the water to drain into the hole. Not fun. This park needs to be updated. The location is great but the staff is not helpful and sites are very close and narrow. I would not camp here again. I would stay outside the park and catch the free shuttle into the park. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
It's all about location. There is no cable TV no Wi-Fi (except at cafeterias/lodges), no pool, no playground. But you probably won't be at your site except to fall into bed exhausted after a day full of wonder, so do you really need those extras? We didn't, even with three kids ages 9 - 15. Instead of Sponge Bob in the mornings, we walked outside to be greeted by elk and deer browsing the campground, not a bit spooked by people. And instead of Disney in the evenings, we were enthralled by the sunset views at Yavapai Observation Station. Note that walking or a shuttle ride is necessary for any amenity: the well-stocked general store and Yavapai cafeteria are a 10-minute walk in one direction, while the showers/laundry are a 10-minute walk in the opposite direction. Also note that the showers cost $2 for 8 minutes. If you're at the Grand Canyon and want feel like you're staying at the Grand Canyon, then this is the place. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Definite bang for your buck. First of all, don't mistake this for the Grand Canyon Camper Village down in Tusayan. This one is in the National Park, and is run by a concessionaire (Xanterra) who also run the hotels. Sites are pretty short but there is a fair bit of room between them. Most seem relatively level. Not always easy to maneuver around the trees and boulders. A little trimming would help as we saw more than one tree that had obviously had a serious run-in with a rig. No campfires, but there are barbecues. Price is OK, considering the location. The shuttle bus system is fantastic! By catching the Blue Route at the entrance to the campground, you can go just about anywhere in the park by transferring to other routes. There are clean restrooms, but no showers. For showers and laundry, you have to go over to the Mather Campground, which isn't really within walking distance. Showers are $2 for 8 minutes. The laundry room is large, with large washers ($1.75) and large dryers ($1 for 25 minutes) but the dryers don't get very hot so you have to keep feeding the quarters in. Not a good value, but the only place to wash clothes so you're stuck. No Wi-Fi in the campground (you can go to the Park Services building for free wi-fi or there's a computer in the laundry at Mather that's $2 for about 10 minutes) but there is cable TV. The rim is about a 1/2 mile stroll from the campground, if you want to walk. The really, really good: at night, the stars look like you can reach up and grab them and in the evening, deer and elk stroll through the campground like they own it. We enjoyed every moment of the week we were here. The camper village was full almost every day we were here, so make your reservations early if you want a spot. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We came to see the Grand Canyon, and our stay at this campground served that purpose well. If we had come to relax and enjoy the amenities of the campground itself, the rating would be radically different. But the location and the availability of the park shuttle bus right at the campground entrance fit our needs well. We were pleased with our stay at Trailer Village and would stay again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
The rating of 7 was based upon an average of location (10), amenities (5), sites (7) and appearance (7). As they say in real estate, the three most important things are location, location & location. Trailer Village has location. Bus service is steps away and the buses take you all over the Canyon. The sites could be better, but you are paying for location. Once you park, unless you want to, you never have to use your toad. Despite the fact that sites could be more level, that the roads need to be improved, etc. this is the ONLY place to stay if you are going to the Grand Canyon. Absolutely we would stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Overall, this has nice amenities and provides a nice stay while visiting the South Rim. It has all the hookups one could need and is close to the stores. The people were helpful and the sites were functional. All locations looked relatively level but will likely need leveling devices. Our site, F28, was level, had a few trees, a charcoal BBQ stand but no fire ring. We were lucky to get an end space, allowing a little more room. But most sites are right on top of each other with no trees or foliage in between. There is a bus stop at the entrance to Trailer Village, allowing one to keep their RV parked and be able to enjoy the entire park. The only real negative was the expense, but that is to be expected in such a highly visited location. It is unlikely you can get in without reservations. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stayed here in 2008. There has been no improvements at all. The sites are uneven and torn up. Yet how can you complain about the views? A short walk and you're at the rim. For a federal park, our tax dollars should be better used in improving the camp roads and sites. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This RV park is an Excellent location for staying at the South Rim as it is on the bus shuttle route that takes you all around the the overlooks and shopping areas. The sites are gravel with a picnic table and charcoal grill. There are no fire pits as wood burning fires are not allowed. There are lots of trees, so you feel like being in the woods. Our satellite dish got reception at our site. We did not get Wi-Fi nor did our Clear Modem get reception for internet connection, but our Verizon phones worked fine. The $38 rate included tax. Make reservations early to get a site as this is a very popular RV Park and definitely worth staying at for its location. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Staff was helpful. Bathrooms were clean. Only drawback was that you have to walk to Mather Campground if you want to use a shower. Elk came through the campground during the evening. Free NPS shuttle runs to the campground. We went to the local market in the park and it had a lot of supplies. We camped here in a Motorhome.
For a campground inside a national park, it was disappointing. Sites were unkempt and not maintained as level sites. Showers and restrooms were not kept up well. We had pull through sites but had to have park rangers come in with chain saws and trim trees just so we could get our fifth wheel and a bus out of the park. Thank goodness those working at the park were very accommodating. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
The location is perfect for visiting the south rim of the park. There is a shuttle that stops near the entry ranger station and will take you just about everywhere in the park. Good shopping and the market in town has food and a large selection of camping and hiking equipment. The sites are not real level but there is cable TV that is adequate. The access is somewhat narrow but manageable in large rigs. The sites are dirt with some gravel and can be muddy if it rains or snows. I would definitely recommend this park and would stay here again. The staff at check in was very friendly. We camped here in a Motorhome.
As I have said before: this is not a resort. But it is a very good RV park. I rate places not on the number of amenities they can wow you with, but how well they do compared to what they say they will do. You have 50amp, cable TV if you want it, and generally a good, level site. All pull throughs as far as I know. Has shuttle service right from the RV park to the Rim. I cannot say enough about the South Rim and the beauty here. Been here a number of times and always wanted pictures with snow. Be careful what you pray for. We got snowed in! They were kind enough to extend our stay one night and we did not have to change sites. Good staff and all. Will certainly go back. Oh, shot some 300+ pix, some in the middle of one heck of a snowstorm! We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Easy reservation process online through the Grand Canyon NPS site. Check-in was smooth on arrival. Very helpful polite staff. The campground is a bit tight, but we were able to land the 40 foot 5th wheel without any trouble. Hookups were good and dependable. I put out an insulated/heat traced water line due to freezing temperatures. In the morning I found that the ravens had pecked several holes in the insulation. Might have been because I had it taped with a silver vinyl tape. Maybe black coating would be a better choice. The campground is very quiet. The Grand Canyon Shuttle stops right at the entrance to the campground. It's a great system for getting around. We used it a little, but generally drove the truck because the volume of visitors was way down this time of year. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We stayed here in a 40' 5th wheel pulled by a Freightliner truck. Management found us a site we could occupy that allowed us to stay hooked up for our 4 night stay. We did call in advance and then booked online to setup our stay. Electrical power, water pressure, and cable TV are good. The campground is tight and you have to watch the trees. You could do some damage to your rig if you are not careful, but big rigs can park here with proper planning. Yes the roads are rough, some sites are not level, but what a great place to be. The park is .3 miles from a well stocked market, the buses take you anywhere you want to go, the staff is wonderful, and you can walk to the rim if you can handle the 1.2 miles on a paved trail (.5 mile as the crow flies), and the entire Grand Canyon Park facilities managed by Xanterra are very nice. It would be hard for someone to not have a great time! It's worth the effort to come here!! We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We found this campground a marvelous place to stay and visit the Canyon. You're right in the park, next to a shuttle stop, not too far from the village store, post office and visitor center. We have a 35' RV and could not stay in Mather so this was our alternative. As others have said, the sights are asphalt but it has broken apart in places so it might be a bit difficult to level. There is a concrete barrier around where you park your RV and the sewer is on the other side. Thus people end up draping their sewer hose over the barrier. It would be nice if they would cut a hole in the barrier big enough for the hose. The bathrooms were always clean but there were no showers so I could not rate them. This is not a resort but it has location, location, location. There were trees and greenery on the ground, mealtime for the deer. We had does, fawns and bucks circling the RV's any time of day and other campers circling to take pictures. Some sites were big enough and long enough for 45' rigs. YOU MUST RESERVE EARLY. All of the sites were reserved the entire week we were there. We camped here in a Motorhome.
I used this review site to plan my trip from Va. to the Grand Canyon. Most of what I read is right. It is just a simple campground. No frills. I had no problems with my 37 foot motor home. Bring leveling blocks. The ravens will poke holes in sewer line. Bring a old piece of carpet to lay on top or just throw it under rv. Now for the good. You can walk about 50 yards and a nice/clean bus will pick you up from campground. The buses are free and you can go up and down the south rim. We walked some great trails and then got on a bus to take us to some great views of the canyon. The deer are all over the campground. I saw 2 different blue birds, a big woodpecker and a 700+ lb elk. That's without leaving the campground. The deer come out at dust and early morning. We stayed 4 nights and saw most of the south rim. There is good food at the market. It is a big store with everything. If I ever take the 2400 mile drive to the Grand Canyon I will stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
I wish some stimulus money was sent their way, this campground could be SO MUCH more than what it is. It is tough for 40 foot rigs to move in around to your spots. It's location however is primo. They have a problem with the ravens eating and pecking at your sewer lines, so if you want to leave them out, cover them with a rug or something. I would stay here again. It's really the only place to stay if you want to be inside the park. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Great park to use to see Grand Canyon. Very close to the south rim. Pull through sites are great, enough room to put out a couple of rugs and chairs to relax. Verizon cell service and card worked great. Some shade. Saw deer every morning while I was walking the dog. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This was a great place to stay for our 2 day visit. The amenities of the sites aren't the real reason to visit this park on the South Rim, however, the location was ideal for us. We had no complaints, and we would gladly stay here again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We camped here and enjoyed how close the camp is to the rim. Our site was very level, but others appeared to be more work. No showers available, but we enjoyed the full hookups provided. An easy walk to the free shuttle, or a short walk to the rim. General store nearby provided everything you might want. Would happily camp here again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We were very pleased with our stay at Trailer Village. The roads within the campground are paved. The pullthrough sites can be a bit unlevel, but there is some shade provided. The location of this camp can't be beat. It is very convenient to the shuttle and the store is within walking distance. Some of the sites can be close to the neighbor, but the sites on the end seem to have a little more room. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Great park for small rigs that aren't necessarily concerned about being level. Have not seen a level site anywhere in the park. As full-timers in a 38 foot MH, we have different requirements. We are up on wood blocks on one side. Utilities all work well (really good water pressure) and are conveniently located. Could not ask for a better location to visit the Grand Canyon. Saw 3 large mule deer just wandering through the park! Cool! Would stay again only in a smaller rig. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a great campground, clean and quiet. The elk and deer roam freely, so keep your camera handy. The showers are a short walk down to the Mather campground. They take quarters, so be prepared, but they are very clean. There is Wi-Fi at the village lodge. It is a short walk, or you can take the free shuttle bus. We camped here in a Motorhome.
I'm kind of 'a glass is half full' guy. Yes: the roads are not great and the sites are gravel and sometimes uneven, etc., but I also accept the fact that this is National Park that gets a LOT of snow and cold weather that does havoc in here. But is was certainly spacious and even had FHU with 50amp, cable TV, a picnic table, and charcoal grill setup. It is a walk, short drive or shuttle to Market Plaza for WiFi connection in the Cafe which is really a cafeteria. And there is a grocery, post office, etc. We just spent 5 days here again. We accept this RV park for what it is: not a resort, but a base for what you are really here for, to see one of God's greatest creations. I shot over 600 images this time: many, of course, got hit by the Delete button, but many very good ones. We are fortunate to live two days away and can get up here when we want. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Yes, all the complaints about this campground are true. It is expensive, crowded, has tight turns, crumbling roads/pads and is just plain ugly. The staff takes no personal interest. But given the tight turns and over hanging trees in the more scenic, but without hook-ups, Forest Service Mather Campground, first time visitors may find Trailer Village a lot less stressful. It does have elk, hook-ups and clean restrooms. The Forest Service showers are not convenient to most campers in either campground and were crowded even in April. We spent very little time at the campground since there is so much else to see and so many trails to hike. If you plan on a return visit you should walk Mather campground and pick out 4 or 5 sites you know you can get into so you can reserve one of them next time. The maps on line are misleading and what the Ranger thinks you can get into may not be what the rig's driver is comfortable doing. It only takes one minor meeting with a tree or post wipe out the difference in cost between the 2 campgrounds. Really big rigs might we better off outside the park depending on the driver's skills. Some rigs had to struggle to get in and out of Trailer Village. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is the tale of two parks: one bad, one good. On the bad side, the roads are paved but worn out with major chuck holes in them. Likewise, our site had gravel at one time, but now there was hardly any gravel and there were ruts in the site. The sites are a bit too close to each other, especially if you have large slides on both sides. On the good side, the rates are good, the staff is superb. They don't actually charge you for the site until you know how many days you will be staying. We reserved 6 but had to leave after 3 because the park is at 7,000 feet and I couldn't breathe at night. No problem, they closed out our account after 3 days with no problem at all. The hookups are good, though the water pressure could be better. The park's free shuttle has a stop at the entrance and that worked well for us. The National Park folks could really improve directional signage in the park to make it easier to find the RV Park. Make sure you get directions when you come into the park. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We had site #J62 which was nicely centered and right next to the heated bathroom. The site was not quite long enough for our 35 MH and toad straight in so we had to park the toad next to the MH. We did see some triple axle 5th wheels so they must not check real lengths for the sites which were 50 ft max. Our site had a picnic table and a small grill on it. The site was not level it was shaped like a cup with the high sides on the access roads. Site was hard clay and turned to mud after it snowed. We had FHU with cable and the cable had about 40 channels. There is no Wi-Fi and AT&T won't work but Verizon did. We checked in a day late because of the wind closure of I-40 and the clerk said he wouldn't charge us for the day we missed since it was an act of nature. They don't charge until departure so if you want to leave early you are not penalized either. The park was full both days we stayed. GC has a great shuttle system. When we stayed it came by every 10 minutes and they were very clean and quiet. The park is very quiet as well because everyone is out seeing the sights and too tired at the end of the day to make much noise. The weather probably helped while we were there as it dropped to 18 degrees. The water pipe did freeze on us so prepare for that in cold weather. Also don't leave your sewer hose out as the ravens will peck at it. Restaurants, shopping, grocery store, post office were all nearby but gas was only available in Desert View to the east or Tusayan in the south, outside of the park. Overall we were well pleased with the park it just felt a little old and worn out but our site was very spacious as most were and you are not really in the campground too much because of all there is to do here. We would definitely stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Trailer Village is very convenient for visiting the Grand Canyon, but Xanterra really needs to spend the money and upgrade this park. Park is clean, but run down; roads are broken up with lots of potholes. Xanterra employee housing is located on both sides of the RV park; the trailer housing on the east side is not well maintained. The good news is you can walk from your RV to the bus stop and ride the bus throughout the Village, and to the new visitor center (a must see). The grocery store and deli are also within walking distance. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is an adequate park inside the Grand Canyon Park boundaries, so it is easily accessible to the rim and all amenities. We stayed a week and it was supposedly full every day, so reservations are definitely needed. We decided to extend our stay because it snowed for three days, not enough to be troublesome; just enough to be a bother. The shuttle bus comes to the park. The restrooms are heated and clean. The sites are uneven, but spacious enough. We would definitely prefer to stay here in the Park should we return again to the Canyon. We camped here in a Motorhome.
There are three campgrounds within the national park; this is the only one with hookups, and the only one suitable for medium-to-large RVs. The sites are fairly wide, but only a medium length (very big rigs may have problems; try Camper Village in Tusayan instead). Interior campground roads are paved, but the pavement is broken due to heavy use. No Wi-Fi at the campground, but there is a signal at the lodges, and at the library. The free shuttle bus stop is within easy walking distance, so you don't have to drive anywhere if you prefer (and some sections of the park are off-limits to cars). The park is busy year-round, so be sure to reserve in advance. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We called the morning we wanted to stay (December 26th) and was told they "would dig us out a spot". You can also make advance reservations from their website, it is managed by Xanterra. The man on the phone was extremely nice, and informed us they had recently received a lot of snow and that the roads were clear, but the campground did have snow. Upon arrival (after closing of the office) we found our site reservation on the board and went to the site. Upon driving in, we noticed ice and snow on the road in areas, but once in the campground all roads were snow covered. Arrived at the site to find since they plowed it, the man in the fifth wheel across the way parked his truck in it, went and politely knocked on the door and informed him we were told to take the site his truck was in, only for him to respond with a rude "whatever" and then took his sweet time to come move his truck. The sites here are not necessarily level, but they did the best with the over 4 feet of snow they had. The water pipe was frozen, which was expected that night, first thing in the morning, the same man on the phone was in the office and immediately sent someone over to "unfreeze" it, 5 min later, water was flowing. Overall the park is very empty in the winter, the staff is super nice, but due to the tight roads, and even tighter with snow I only rated it a 8. This campground is a real gem, in the park, with bus stop less than 5 min walk, great service from nice people (at least in winter), and again you cant beat the location. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The bottom line for this park is: Location, Location, Location. It’s lovely to have full hook-ups so close to the Grand Canyon. Our gravel slot was a little short, but the setting is beautiful, and we were convenient to all the park activities and the shuttles. In addition, it wasn’t crowded, although we came at the end of Thanksgiving weekend. However, this park could definitely use improved signage. For example, we missed our turn coming in and tried to back up 10 feet, but a ranger yelled at us, and we had to drive forward into a maze of streets. It took us half an hour to get back to the entrance to Trailer Village. We got lost going out too despite our Satellite Navigator. The bathrooms were heated, which was nice on a snowy day. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We were here for Thanksgiving and the park was sold out. The asphalt roads are in fair condition as were the RV pads, but the electrical pedestals are new and provide great power. The nights were cold and we ran a portable electric heater all night with no power issues. The rest of the park could use a face lift, but it is very adequate. The surrounding scenery is outstanding and the park is close to several services in the village. A Verizon air card worked well for internet access. Cell signal was good as well. I would stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
A three night stay at the GC Trailer Village – full hook up – allowed us to see the entire South Rim of the canyon utilizing the excellent free bus system. The actual camp sites are spacious enough ( we’re a 41 foot 5thwheel with a second chase vehicle ) but we did require all three of our leveling boards and we could have used one more. They have wild pigs in the campground and the rumor was that one tusk er attacked a dog. There are deer aplenty in the campground and park and we were able to get some nice pictures of mountain sheep. We didn’t do any hiking but carry clothing that will cover any weather situation. It was raining the day we arrived and the night time temps were in the low 30’s in October. There is a market in the Trading Post area that will allow you to purchase basic food supplies and souvenirs. There are also several restaurants and gift shops. Golden Age / Senior Pass is accepted only at the gate – everything else is a no discount deal. Our Verizon Air card worked well as did our phone ( two bars ) and the rumor is that there is Wi-Fi near the Trading Post but we didn't confirm. We enjoyed the visit and would return. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
The main advantage to this campground is location, location, location. Some sites are not very level (a problem we had), the roads are old, the "other side" of the park is mostly (if not all) employees/residents who do not keep their sites very nice, and there is no wireless. Also, if you have a dog, you may want to watch for sap from the tress (pine cones) and burrs from the local weeds. It was challenging getting that out of their hair. That being said, we would come back in a minute because the location is super! You are only minutes from the rim, the shuttle stops there every 15 minutes, we were able to come back for meals and it gave us the basics such as water, sewer, 50Amp, basic cable. And the rate was very low. Since most of our time was at the canyon, it becomes less important how nice your site is. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Great location within the park (less than a mile from the rim) with full hookups that function correctly. The campground sites are shaded and you are not crowd (good size). Restrooms and showers (fee) are clean. The park shuttle system adds to the enjoyment by providing in-park transportation. The staff was friendly and very helpful. We will definitely stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The interior roads are narrow but adequate. It is very convenient to be inside the National Park. The shuttle bus stops at the entrance to the campground and it is very easy to get around the park by using the shuttle. Although the park appears to be older the convenience far outweighs and other factor. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Well: this is the only place in the Grand Canyon with hookups. The sites need some big time updating as most looked not to be level with tight spaces. The staff was nice. Why do we have pay extra to take a shower? (Our trailer does not have a shower.) So they charge you $2 for 8 minutes and the showers are a drive from the trailer park. This place is all about location. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
A basic RV park although it does offer all the required hookups. Was quite disappointing although we only stayed one night and it was all we needed as it was so close to the canyon itself. Otherwise, there is nothing else to do here. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Only game in town if you want to camp right at the Canyon. The sites were narrow but not too close to each other. The picnic tables are cemented in so large rigs struggle a bit to get in. Ours was a pull through but we couldn't turn the corner due to the cement curbs. We are a 40' plus toad. I went up one row and backed the rig in. There is not too much for kids unless hiking or bike riding is their thing. Every morning Elk visit your campsite and there are lots of Ravens. Reservations are a must during the summer due to the large number of visitors. We would stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is not a really great campground, but it is right next to the Grand Canyon so that makes it at least OK. As mentioned the asphalt is crumbling and the sites are not level. If you can get an end site you will have a little room but otherwise you're right on top of your neighbor. We found the Xanterra personnel to be very rude and arrogant, not only in the CG but also on the buses. They were not helpful, and they were bothered when anyone asked them for info. This park is OK for the couple of days it takes to see the Grand Canyon but not for any longer. By the way, if you have a big rig things are a little tight but manageable. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Location - yes, it's in the Grand Canyon, and conveniently located near the scenery. The staff was friendly, and as others have mentioned there are amenities nearby. (Free wireless in the Yavapai cafeteria!) If you want to stay in the park, it's the only game in town. However, I agree with others..the sites need work. Our site (L28) was very unlevel and the asphalt crumbling - this was true of every site and the roads I saw walking through the trailer park. The trailer park really needs more restrooms, and a shower. The sites are small and crammed together. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
It's the location!! The RV park itself is poorly maintained and is crumbling apart. It's tight for big rigs but doable if they know you have a big rig. It's evident that they replaced the electrical system not too long ago and added some cable tv. The location at the Grand Canyon give it a rating 3 or 4 levels higher than it would have otherwise received. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Who ever said this was a poorly kept campground must have camped somewhere else. Sites needed very little leveling. Bathrooms were spotless clean, people were friendly, and it is soooooo, convenient. Free shuttle to the Post Office, grocery store, laundry, restaurants and all sorts of great places to view the canyon. Plus you had elk and deer right in your backyard every morning. Campground could use some more trees (come on Nat Park, plant them!). We played cards every night under the stars with a nice cool breeze - it was very nice. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Location, location, location! Only park with full hook-ups within the park boundaries. The shuttle will pick you up at the campground and you are within easy walking distance of the village and all the services (market, post office, restaurants, etc.). Our site took a bit of leveling but was spacious. Showers are located at the adjacent campground, but we just used our own. Overall, this was a nice, quiet, park and a great base camp to explore the Grand Canyon. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Location, location, its in the park. The staff was great. We needed some help and they put forth the extra effort. The spacing was okay. The utilities were easy to connect. Its pretty basic . We stayed here to see the Grand Canyon and its in the right spot. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Good: Of course, getting to park our RV at the Grand Canyon was fabulous: make reservations well in advance. This RV park is conveniently located with easy to follow paved trails to the rim. There are dependable free buses that stop frequently at the site to take you around Grand Canyon Village and the rim sites. The staff was well trained and cordial. The sites are all pull-through (I believe) and paved with dirt in between, relatively level. Bad: it is basically just a place to park your rig while you go off and enjoy the splendor of the Canyon. It had too much of a parking lot feel for my taste. I think they would have done better to have less slots and improve the place a bit. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Poorly kept campground. Sites were not very level and could pose a problem to people without leveling devices. Friendly staff. Close to all of the activities offered on the South Rim. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This park is a great location to be near the Grand Canyon sites, and is on the park shuttle bus route so you do not need to use your car. Streets and camp sites are quite narrow and a bit tight for big rigs. We were not able to park our motorhome with the car trailer attached, so we parked the trailer nearby. The water hookup froze both nights we were there, so be prepared to use RV water and/or use a hair dryer to thaw the exposed hookup pipe. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This was a basic RV campground that met our needs. The best part was its CLOSE proximity to the Grand Canyons south rim. As was stated in a prior review – it is the only in park RV park, so compromises must be made. There is nothing like seeing the Grand Canyon for the first time, after a ½ to 1 mile walk, from your RV. And during sunrise too!! However it was just a blacktop lot with hook-ups. If there were showers, we never found them. The staff was very friendly and accommodating, and assisted with all questions that we asked. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Trailer Village is only ½ mile from the rim of the Grand Canyon, is on the shuttle route (the National Park Service has free shuttles to get form place to place). All sites are full hook-ups (including cable) pull-though, and there is recycling in the park. There is no WiFi. There are a few trees, and the staff seems nice. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Not much to say about this park. It is the ONLY RV park available within the Grand Canyon, so some compromises must be made. There was quite a bit of snow on the ground when we arrived so this made maneuvering into our site a little difficult. The tires on our motorhome would spin on the ice and it was difficult to tell exactly where the site boundaries were located. Once into our assigned location, the trees prevented our satellite from locking on. We requested a change to another location next door and that was no problem. The staff was very friendly and the park is located close to the shopping center where you can get most groceries. A short walk to the office will allow you to board a tour bus to see the Canyon. As we were there, it was pretty common to have deer walk right next to your coach as they grazed. Something that you really don't have happen too often at other locations. The sites are adequate, but still a little small. Tree location could prevent canopy extension, etc, depending on site. I have no reference to compare this park with the RV parks just outside of Grand Canyon National Park but I felt it was perfect for our needs and would stay there again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stayed in this campground for 3 nights. It was late when we got there, and Trailer Village was extremely hard to find. We didn't see any sign for Trailer Village. If you get there after dark and there is no one to direct you, head toward Market Plaza - Trailer Village is really close to the store & Post Office. There was a note for us on the entrance to the campground telling us which site we were in. We loved the park. It was full the first night we were there but had pretty much cleared out in the middle of the week. We were advised by someone parked next to us to keep our sewer hose in - there are huge black birds that will peck holes in it. The store has just about anything you could want. And of course, the Grand Canyon was spectacular! We camped here in a Motorhome.
If you want hook ups and have a larger rigs it is the only place to stay. The roads are paved, but narrow and tight, but a big rig can negotiate. The sites seem to be dirt and gravel the may have once been pavement. Sites have tables and BBQ grills. Unfortunately the campground is kind of worn out. There is a free shuttle bus that comes to the campground every 15 minutes during the day so you can see the sights without driving. We would stay again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is both a great park and a so-so park. It's great because it's right at the Grand Canyon, walking distance from the south rim trail and all the services of Grand Canyon Village: a big grocery store, a cafeteria, gift shop, bank, post office, and access to the hotels. Deer and Elk wander through the park. The park shuttle bus stops at the front gate. It's so-so because the roadways and sites are poorly maintained, most sites have no privacy, the picnic tables are cemented to the ground in inconvenient or unsafe locations, many sites aren't level. There are no showers or laundry; those are a quarter-mile away in Mather Campground. Half of Trailer Village is filled with permanent trailers, presumably for park employees. Unless you really need hookups, there is no reason to stay at Trailer Village over Mather Campground. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stayed at this campground twice in 2008, once in the spring and once in the fall. Great place, comfortable and nice environment. Quiet and peaceful evenings to sit out and BBQ dinner. The second trip we woke up in the morning to 7 buck right around the RV. It was spectacular, they were eating the grasses and plants and didn't appear to be afraid of the people, they hung out quite some time. After all was said and done, I think we had as many beautiful pictures of the deer as we did of the grand canyon. Great experience and would definitely stay here again. Made for a great place to use the bus/shuttle service to view the park. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stayed here while visiting and hiking. No Wi-Fi available. I Managed to get the bugs cleaned off the truck and trailer which was good. Unfortunately the sites sure could use some leveling and upkeep! For a National Park, it was a little disappointing. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This is the only location within the park boundary with services. The office staff were friendly and helpful. The washrooms were very clean but no showers are available. There is no such thing as a level site in this park. The picnic table was chained and cemented down. Not level nor in a convenient location. Shade trees are sporadic. Your neighbors are very close. I would not stay here again. There are private parks just outside of the park in Tusayan that are service by the park shuttle service. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The only full hookup site inside the park. The sites are very close together but this is typical for xterrea run campgrounds. Some sites are very shaded some are in the open. A market and gift store very close as well as the canyon itself. We enjoyed our stay and would stay there again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Do NOT trust your GPS to take you into this CG. The park roads are not as indicated on the GPS (Navteq maps), so I ended up doing two U-turns on the main road. (Try that with a 45 foot coach and toad). I finally called the CG and was told I had to travel all the way around the loop past the visitor center to the market, where there is signage leading into the CG. I found Verizon coverage here is great. The phone works everywhere we've been and my aircard is providing very good internet response. The sites are rather unkempt but good widths and distance from your neighbor. Room for the toad alongside, despite what I was told when making reservations. The location is great, but the reservation process tiresome. Overall, I'd stay here again because of the location. We camped here in a Motorhome.
If you want to be in the park and need hookups, this is the only campground. We had full hookups. The site was adequate size but poorly kept. The weeds were a foot high in places. Now: I realize that this is a campground, but it seems that the site could have been a bit neater. There was an old picnic table and a grill for charcoal. No fire pits. There were some large trees but no play area for kids or pet area. The greatest thing about this campground is the ability to hop on the free shuttle and see the Grand Canyon as well as go to the Imax theatre. We saw an elk walking through the campground. There are no showers within camper village (go to Mather campground) but there were old, but clean restrooms. We would camp here again but only because of the location. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Good camping sites with some leveling needed at site. Staying here reservations are a must have. Great location - close to store, inn restaruant, canyon is within walking distance. We stayed only 2 nights, but being right in the park was very convenient. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Trailer Village is part of a great National Park setup. It has a good location on the free shuttle bus stop. While it does have good hookups, the site itself was poor with rough gravel and pretty uneven terrain. However, you are inside Grand Canyon NP and very close to the canyon rim (.5mi walk or a 5 mintue shuttle ride). We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This place is really close to a 10. The Grand Canyon is right there! Everyone was really nice, things throughout the park well kept. One problem is there were no showers right in Trailer Village they were in Mather campground, no big deal. You don't have to worry about shuttles and waiting, just jump in you car, truck in our case, and go where you want, see what you want, throughout the park. Cable worked fine. Channel 7 was an informative channel about the park and other lodges. We will be back! We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
The ONLY thing this campground has going for it is location, location, location. If you want to stay in the Park and require hookups, it's the only game in town, and Xanterra apparently runs it with that knowledge. The sites are small and rather unkempt. There are no showers or laundry facilities (they are at nearby Mather Campground, but the dryers don't work well), and no play facilities of any type for families (yes, this is a national park, but little ones can only hear "look at the spectacular scenery" so much before they want to play). The campground could be--and should be--much nicer for the amount you pay. By the way, the campground is adjacent to a trailer park, many of which are run down and somewhat scary looking. Granted, I'd stay there again, but only because this is the only option. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
We really enjoyed this facility. It was no frills, but you are there to see the Grand Canyon anyway. The sights are very close together, but it was still very quiet. The shuttle picks you up right at the gate and takes you almost anywhere you want to go in the National Park. the staff was very helpful and even warned us about leaving our sewer hose out, because the birds would poke hole in it. We truly enjoyed our stay and will book a trip here again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Yes, this place sure could use a face-lift but it is kept up very well for the immense amount of use it gets. We would go back again - and have done so a few times. There is no WiFi in the Trailer Village but there is at the library at the Park HQ - and it is free. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Paid $30 plus taxes or $32 and change. Did not see the comment about sewer hoses and ravens. But our less than two year old Rhino hose was cracked when I went to dump. Other than that, this is a great location for seeing the South Rim. We had mule deer walking through the campground, on our last night we saw three bull elk wandering nearby. We spent 4 nights here, 3 is the absolute minimum to take in the sights in this area. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is second time to camp here, but will not be our last. We love it here! Close to the store, Yavapai Lodge Cafe where they do have great food, especially the cinnamon rolls during the breakfast hours. There are shuttles buses to take you anywhere in the part, colored coded routes, but we like to walk or hike, so did not take the shuttle this time. Trailer Village is just a short distance (good level trail) to the Canyon Rim Trail, where you can walk a mile or two in either direction and every view point has something different. Did not go down Bright Angel Trail, this time, but all of the other trails were worth every penny spent here. We were in H52 and a little hard to level, but hope to return many times in the future. Oh, you do have to keep your sewer hose put up when not in use due to the Ravens. All sites have full hookups so no showers in this campground. We camped here in a Truck Camper.
No showers available in Trailer Village, go next door to Mather Campground. Restroom smelled, seemed clean though. Close to General Store, Restaurant, Post Office and Bank. Rim is about 3/4 mile from Trailer Village. In totality this is a very nice spot. Shuttle buses to everywhere, no charge. And the views are to be seen to be believed. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
I'm not a big fan of hookup sites at national parks, but we were at GCN during January, and knew that overcast skies and inclement weather might be an issue. We were right. One of the two days were up at the canyon was a white-out, and we received seven inches of snow. As such, we were more or less trapped in the motorhome all day, so having hookups meant we were able to watch a lot of movies, and run the furnace without too much worry over the batteries or generator running out of fuel. Water was only working on a handful of sites due to freezing temps. Unfortunately ours wasn't one of those. Other than that, the campground met our expectations. It was a close-in place to park for our visit. During summer months, it would be a great alternative to the primitive camping. Only downside to Trailer Village is that there's not much to physically separate sites other than a few trees here and there. Very close quarters, but people don't go to the Canyon for the camping experience as much as they do for the view at the rim. Very convenient for catching the bus to/from popular vistas and tourist sites. During summer months, you might find the rare cancellation; other than that, it's usually best to book several weeks or months ahead of time. If you can't book Trailer Village, Mather Campground is next door, but there are no hookups and they can't accommodate too many rigs longer than 35'. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Stayed for 2 nights after Thanksgiving and the place was almost empty. Sites are full hookup with cable TV. Easy walk to the village with a well stocked store and food service. A few of the bigger restaurants were closed this time of year, if that is your thing. Good weather for the trip, nice time of the year to visit the Grand Canyon. Made the reservations in Oct for the Nov trip over the phone with Xanterra, very pleasant folks to work with. We will definitely stay here again! We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This is the full-hookup campground inside Grand Canyon national park. Stayed for 2 nights over thanksgiving and cannot say enough about the convenience of being inside park. Shuttle stop right at campground entrance will take you anywhere you could need to be. Shuttle runs from before sunrise to well after sunset. If you're visiting during a holiday or in summer where traffic and parking is horrific, you'll truly appreciate shuttle. No lighting at sites so view of night sky and stars is AWESOME. No light pollution at all. Our site was an end site, and surprisingly quite level. There is a grill and picnic table at each site. Good selection of cable but no wifi. If you really need to check e-mail, head outside the fark a few miles to Tusayan wher e there is a internet cafe. I found this to be a perfect blend of natural rustic campground, but with services that we've come to depend on. I will mention that showers are NOT in this campground, but rather at Camper Services in Mather (no hookup) Campground. There are restrooms at Trailer Village. the general store, cafe, post office complex was a easy walk, as was the rim behind park headquartes. Another easy walk (about .5 mile) is the expansive visitors center and the mather viewpoint. Again, if walking is not your thing, hop on that shuttle. This campground fills up and reservations are through the xanterra concessionaire. Reservations are accepted a year in advance so if you have your heart set on a date (espeically in summer), make you reservations WELL in advance. We will definitely stay here again! We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Lots are gravel, fairly level & is a long enough pull through for our 37' FW and parking for the dually. Site has shade tree, grill (ugh!) and table. We like the bus transportation the park provides: easy access to most all that you want. Our son had kids to play with. There are showers available about a 10 minute walk away and cost $1.75 for 5 minutes!! We like a National Park that can accommodate big rigs. We would stay here again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Location. Location. Location. That is what Trailer Village has. Six years since our last visit & heavy use of sites shows. Nothing really bad but the place could use a sprucing up. Interior roads could use a repaving & sites leveled again. We arrived mid week in mid. Oct without reservations. The RV park was surprisingly busy however the Grand Canyon as a whole was not. Wonderful to avoid the summer crowds. We toured the eastern half in our own vehicle, used bicycles to tour the close view points & the shuttle to do the western section closed to private vehicles. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This campground is run by a private company within the national park. The sites are all pull through with gravel pads. It is serviced by the national park bus system, which means that you can get virtually everywhere within the park without having to use your own transportation. They have recently added cable tv hookups. The only drawback that we found was that some of the sites were not very level and it was tough to get the rig set up. Once set up, however, the stay was "grand"! We camped here in a Motorhome.
I have stayed in Trailer Village twice and have had a good experience both times. The campground has few trees for shade and the sites aren't very wide. The low cost is a plus for full hook ups. This campground offers a shuttle service to any part of the south rim. You are in walking distance to shopping center with restaurants, market, post office and bank. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
The best attribute of this park is that it has full hook up in the middle of the Grand Canyon. With the frequent park shuttles, it was very convenient getting around the park and to reach all the dining and shopping areas. If you choose to camp here, please bring lots of leveling gear (blocks, rocks, shovel). As others have noted, the sites are very rustic with big pot holes where previous jack stands have been. The sites are hilly. We stayed here in our 40' motorhome. We never got the coach to level. Our slide-out got stuck and broke due to being out of level. However, the plus for the park is the South Rim has an excellent garage. The mechanics drove to out site and repaired the broken bolts and got the slide unit back in. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Nice campground. We also were in site E-27 as reviewer below and found we had to level the same as everyone around us. Most campgrounds this rustic will not have perfectly level sites so it was not a big deal. While not on the South Rim, a short 10 minute hike through the forest will get you to a lookout point and to the South Rim Trail. Shuttle service is VERY good inside the National Park. People working at Trailer Village are very nice and personable and helpful with any questions we had. A great inexpensive campground for exploring everything the Grand Canyon has to offer! We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Very convenient for South Rim visit. Free shuttle stops at entrance and goes all over the park. Short walk to grocery, bank, post office and restaurant. Not all sites have shade but many do. Restrooms were extremely clean. Older park so some of the roads are narrow and turns can be tight getting to site. Deer and elk were right at our site. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Got into and out of campground with a HDT and a 35 foot trailer, but there were some tight areas. I was in site E-27. I was able to park the HDT next to site, but it was the most unlevel side to side site we have ever had in our 2 1/2 years of full-time RVing. Campground is in need of repair on the sites; lots of low hanging branches. We didn't get cell phone service. We did like the shuttle bus service. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
A GREAT place to stay - just a half-mile walk to the edge of the Canyon. There is the free bus service which serves the CG every 20 minutes or so. The large supermarket, post office and bank is just a 5-10 minute walk from the CG, where you can also connect to one of the other bus routes. Pity the CG doesn't have wifi - even chargeable would have been good. We would recommend this CG!!! We camped here in a Motorhome.
We had a level site with a nice tree to shade it. One of the nicest things about this campground is that it has a free shuttle that takes you to the places you want to see at the Grand Canyon. The major negative aspect is that there are no showers or laundry in the campground itself. An added benefit this time of year was deer and elk feeding next to your motor home! We camped here in a Motorhome.
This park has the potential of being excellent once again, but is in pretty bad shape. The sites are small and hard to negotiate. Obviously laid out many years ago for small RV’s. All the roads, sites and hook ups show many many years of hard use and minimal service. It’s truly a shame as this park is so convenient to the Grand Canyon. We loved out stay at the park and would go back again in spite of the shortcomings, but sure wish someone would shut it down for a season and get it back up to standard. I would gladly pay twice or even three times what we paid! We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
I can't say enough about this place. We were worried five nights would be too long. We ended up extending our stay. Trailer Village is a bit tight, but not nearly as bad as some other places. There is plenty of green space interspersed with the sites. We parked our Class C here and NEVER MOVED IT. The shuttle bus service and trail system is amazing. Even with two kids under two, we never had to drive anywhere. The shuttle took us to different points on the Rim Trail. We could hike and not worry about getting tired, because every mile or two there was another shuttle stop where we could board. We took the shuttle to a ranger program, too. We also used the Greenway Trail for longer hikes from Trailer Village. The campground is also just about a half mile of easy walking from Market Plaza, where the post office, bank and general store are located. The store was great. We expected it to be overpriced, but were pleasantly surprised. Since many of the park employees live in or near Trailer Village, there was always someone around to answer questions. Deer and elk walked through the campground at dawn and dusk. The only negative things I can think of are: We could have used a little more space to tie the dogs out, and the sites were a bit dusty. Otherwise, we were enamored with the place. We were wishing we had brought along some babysitters so we could have hiked down to the Colorado River and back. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Gets an extra point for location. Full hookups, excellent cable tv, shuttle pickup nearby. We'll definitely stay here again if the opportunity presents itself. Site had room for our 30' motorhome and Jeep. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We made our reservations for the Labor Day weekend 3 weeks in advance. Check in time is noted as 4pm, but we arrived at 2pm and were greeted by a very friendly employee who promptly provided us with our space number – no fuss because we had shown up early. A well stocked general store is approximately ¼ mile away. Most sites do have trees. All utilities worked fine with no problems experienced. Our friend used the bathroom facilities and she was impressed by how clean and nice they are. Deer and Elk are abundant here and have no qualms about coming into your camp to feed on the leaves and grasses – be sure to have your camera ready! We did see laundry facilities open all day and night, but didn’t need to use them. We will definitely stay here again and again! At $22 per day we feel we can’t beat the bargain of being able to camp in our RV so close to the rim of the Grand Canyon. We camped here in a Motorhome.
[ 8 / 10 ]
We used this initially as an overnight and were able to get a second night. Sites are gravel and level for the most part. The shuttle to the rest of the park drops off at the entrance. We will be visiting again. Would give a "10", but no showers in Trailer Village. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This park is run by the same company that runs the lodges at Grand Canyon and other NPs ((888) 297-2757) and is very well managed. It is inside the NP and within walking distance to the supermarket, cafeteria, visitor center and free shuttle bus transport throughout the South Rim. Excellent Ranger security. RV spaces were quite wide, pretty level and mostly dirt and gravelly. Amenities were few, but you are surrounded by forest and about a mile from the nearest canyon view. If it was located elsewhere, I'd rate it a 6. Do not confuse with similar sounding Grand Canyon Camper Village, which is a few miles outside the NP entrance. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This campground provides excellent access to views of the Grand Canyon. There is a shuttle within walking distance that is very reliable. The shuttle runs very early in the morning so you can catch a sunrise at a distant viewpoint if you wish. The grocery is within walking distance (apx 5-10 minutes.) The laundry and showers (also 5-10 min. walk) are a bit far if you are carrying a heavy load of clothes or wish to run back and forth to check clothes. The showers are pay showers which I dont mind, but I do wish the timer would stop if you turn off water to shave etc. But it turns out I finished with time to spare anyway. And there is an attendant to provide change. Please note that if you take a non-Grand Canyon shuttle (ie a Taxi, van) outside the park (to see the IMAX for example) bring your paid park admission with you. We almost had to pay to re-enter the park. All in all, for its purpose - I was very happy. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Nice park, large pull through sites. Shade trees on some sites. Best part of the park is its location, right in the Grand Canyon National Park just a few minutes away from the edge of the canyon. Canyon shuttle comes right to the entrance of the campground. Great price, too. Will definitely stay here again on our next visit. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We arrived after the office closed, so we were able to select a site based on the map attached to the office. This was our first time here and we learned a big lesson - Row L is not as it appears on the map and is a dead end. We had our toad, so we could not back up or turn around with it attached and required us to unhook and manuver the motorhome around the narrow road. We ended up on Row G, in a fairly level site. The NPS had completed its installation of 50 amp electrical service and we did not have any problems with low voltage. The following night we received a 3" snow fall and by 9 AM the next morning, the NPS had all of the roadways cleared, including those in Trailer Village. This is a NPS park, so do not expect everything to be perfect, but it serves its purpose quite well. We enjoyed our stay and would return. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Excellent location within the park on South Rim. Our only problem was that the voltage was very low. It gave our TV set fits. However, they are in the process of upgrading to 50 amp service. I wouldn't hesitate to re-visit this campground. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Basic hook ups, no tv, phone or internet. Tightly packed with little space or foliage, little more then a space, right next to your neighbors on either sides, but we did have the elec. And dump and water. Staff was ok. Excellent shuttle bus service all through the south rim system and one of my favorite places to visit. All in all though, I’d rather be at Mather, wish they had electricity. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The best aspect of this campground is that it is in the National Park and very convenient to everything. Trailer Village is a basic campground with full hookups. Sites are pretty level and not too close to each other. Each site has a BBQ grill and picnic table. The bathrooms were relatively clean, but there are no showers available. We would definitely stay here again when visiting the Grand Canyon. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We checked in with some apprehension after reading the earlier reviews, and were pleasantly surprised. While its true that there aren't many amenities here, where else can you get full hookups for $22 per night within walking distance to the Grand Canyon? All pull throughs with a few trees. Close by the shopping area with a very well appointed grocery/outfitter, souvenier shop, post office, and snack bar. An easy walk to the visitor's center or you can catch the free shuttle at the CG entrance. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Not all that bad, the location and shuttle service make up for the dirt, sort of level parking. I did see an employee picking up loose trash, which impressed me. Still, it is the Grand Canyon, and it could be a lot worse. We camped here in a Motorhome.
[ 4 / 10 ]
Why doesn't the NPS keep this place up? A muddy mess when it rains. This park is the kind of
shabby that makes you want to sight-see all day and not go back to the RV till bedtime. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
[ 7 / 10 ]
If you want full hook-ups close to the Grand Canyon South rim, then this park will provide that service. The sites have 30x50 ft parking pads that are packed gravel and dirt. The driveway roads through the park are paved with blacktop. The restrooms were well maintained by park employees. Each site has a bench and pole mounted Bar-B-Q. The hookups are poorly designed, with 30 amp electrical, but servicable. Adjacent to the office is a shuttle bus stop for the free park shuttles. Close by is a park store and park restaurant. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
[ 5 / 10 ]
Slightly rundown. Having shuttle access made up for the lack of beauty. Electric amperage was very low.
We camped here in a camper.
[ 1 / 10 ]
This campground is a complete mess! The sites are full of chunks of broken blacktop and holes beside your rv,which fill when it rains and the sites become mud covered. The overall appearance of the park is similar to a weed infested inner-city slum area. The National Park Service should be ashamed to allow this CG to stay open. We camped here in a camper.