If you want to stay inside Grand Canyon National Park, waking up to brilliant sunrises over the canyon and relaxing with sunset views each day, the South Rim is the place to do it. There are three lodging options within the park – two in the busy Grand Canyon Village, and one more remote campground, Desert View Campground, 25 miles east of Grand Canyon Village. Trailer Village, within Grand Canyon Village, is the only campground inside the national park on the south rim that offers RV hookups. For that reason, the information below pertains to Trailer Village RV Park, but there is additional tent camping in other places.
This is the place to go for RV camping within the grounds of the Grand Canyon National Park. Trailer Village offers a surprisingly long list of services and is located near many other convenient amenities within Grand Canyon Village. At the same time, it’s one of the very few places where you get to go to sleep and wake up in the magnificent Grand Canyon. Being able to wake up and walk over to the rim of the Grand Canyon is a once in a lifetime experience
“The staff was extremely helpful and friendly, even though they were very busy they were warm and inviting. The RV park was set up nicely and is centrally located to just about everything. They have buses that run to the RV camping area and take you just about everywhere in the park. A big plus! Grocery store and market are within working walking distance. Our stay was a wonderful experience. We had elk walk through the first day there. For the most part, the campers were respectful and polite. The park did an amazing job making this area a camping trip to remember.” – Lorena Sims, Google Review
For people who prefer to stay in metropolitan areas near nightlife and entertainment options, the Phoenix metro area is a great place to park it and still be able to access the Grand Canyon fairly easily. If you don't feel like driving, there's even a daily bus from the Phoenix area to the Grand Canyon. Apache Palms RV Park is located in Tempe, Arizona, which is a bustling college town that's become a part of the greater Phoenix metropolis. There's even a metro light-rail stop just blocks from the RV park that can take you all around Tempe and over to Phoenix or Scottsdale.
Apache Palms RV Park is a desert oasis with the perks of a big city. Visitors to the Valley of the Sun will not be disappointed with this clean, environmentally-friendly, urban RV park in the heart of Tempe, Arizona. Given that Tempe is one of the greenest cities in America, it’s no surprise that this park also practices environmental responsibility. There are plenty of public transit options right at your doorstep, and recycling options are available. The park’s pool and spa make it the perfect place to relax under the desert sun.
“Apache Palms RV Park is so awesome we've decided to stay. The park is always nice and clean and so are the restrooms. Everything is kept up really nice and the staff is some really cool people. Angie is still the best park manager and groundskeepers, David and Mark, are some of the nicest people I've met. Still 5 stars for me.” – Lori Garcia, Google Review
Located just 15 miles north of downtown Phoenix, this park is the most convenient place to stay if you want to easily explore Arizona’s most populous cities without having to stay in the middle of it all. While it puts you a distance away from the Grand Canyon, many people prefer to fly into this metro area and stay here while doing a one or two day trip to the Grand Canyon, especially because Arizona has a special bus, the Bundu Bus, that runs between Phoenix and the Grand Canyon. This park is located in a mountainous desert shaded by palm trees and citrus trees. Its location offers beautiful sunrises and sunsets. This park is a 55+ park, however, so, unfortunately, it’s not open to everyone.
For RV travelers over 55 who are looking for a place to get away, relax, and stay in a park amongst their peers, this seniors-only RV park is ideal. Just a short drive from the Phoenix city center and a few minutes from shopping and dining, it has the feel of a remote desert location while being extremely convenient to all the amenities of a major metropolitan area. The park offers up lots of activities and events for residents, including shuffleboard tournaments, billiards, water exercise, puzzles, social hour, potlucks, bingo, casino trips, ladies luncheons, and more. There’s always something going on in this desert retreat.
“Needed a place to park my 5th wheel for a couple of months. Staff is very friendly and accommodating! Excellent facilities and convenient to everything! Very clean and well kept. Friendly neighbors and dog friendly. Lots of activities.” – Jossef Hodda, Google Review
You can hike directly to Watson Lake Park from Point of Rocks Campground, but you’re also conveniently located in the city of Prescott, Arizona. From there, Flagstaff is just under two hours away, and the Grand Canyon National Park is barely over two hours away, making it easy to do a day trip. Located halfway between Phoenix and the Grand Canyon, this is a convenient RV park for anyone flying into Phoenix and going to visit the Grand Canyon.
Those who are looking for unique, scenic campgrounds will find themselves highly satisfied with Point of Rocks Campground. The surrounding scenery is like nothing else you’ll see in Arizona or America. The perfectly clear waters of Watson Lake reflect the interesting landscape, made up of oddly shaped boulders, jagged cliffs and canyons, and desert flora and fauna. Meanwhile, the historic town of Prescott offers art shows, festivals, parades, museums, and world-class whiskey.
“Check-in was quick and easy. The campground is clean and well-maintained. The staff is friendly and clearly client-focused...they went out of their way to help. Will definitely return...have already booked two upcoming stays.” – Brad Ferguson, Google Review
The area around this Golden Valley RV park is a beautiful mountain desert, and it’s located near three different towns, all of which offer their own charms. Just 11 miles from Laughlin, Nevada and less than three hours from the Grand Canyon, you can enjoy a desert resort town and the nation’s most famous national park all in one trip from Tradewinds RV Park. If you really want to party, you’re not far from Las Vegas. It’s also a great place to explore the historic Route 66.
This is one of the most centrally located RV parks in Arizona for visitors who want to get a taste of everything the area has to offer. Although it’s not right outside the Grand Canyon National Park, it’s still an easy day trip away. The owners have managed to create a real desert vacation atmosphere with the campground, according to Grand Canyon RV park reviews. They offer discounts, updated facilities, and a great community feel fostered by their massive recreational hall, their lovely covered patio and bar, and their hospitable staff members. Tradewinds is near countless local attractions as well, including an old gold mining town, ATV trails, the Hoover Dam, ziplining, multiple golf courses, the Colorado River, and even the Kingman Locomotive Park.
“This place is great. Friendly staff, awesome clubhouse with clean showers and laundry room, hot tub, quiet park with so many off-road trails right from the park. We will be going back often” – Rick Beschorner, Google Review
Located right off I-17, Distant Drums RV Resort is a straight shot up to the Grand Canyon. It’s also just south of Flagstaff, a great city worth exploring in itself. The campground is also minutes away from a number of wonderful attractions, including the Sedona Red Rock State Park, Dead Horse Ranch State Park, the Verde Canyon Railroad, and Woodchute Mountain. For something different, take the kids to a real-life safari at Out of Africa Wildlife Park, or spend a day at Montezuma Castle National Monument, the most well-preserved cliff dwellings in all of North America. There’s a nearby casino for the adults, and the RV park is also a convenient drive to the greater Phoenix metro area.
Visiting Arizona’s most unique and treasured monuments and parks is easy from Distant Drums, as is checking out some of its liveliest cities. This park has the facilities of a desert resort with the feel and price range of a more homey, community-oriented park. From a spacious pool area to an air-conditioned exercise room to spotless bathrooms and showers, you’ll feel very comfortable here. It’s a great place to come back to after a long day of hiking and sight-seeing under the hot Arizona sun.
“A wonderfully planned & maintained resort with concrete pads & patio, easy to reach utilities including cable TV. Very close to many great family destinations. Montezuma's Castle is 3 miles away & Out of Africa animal preserve is 5 miles away. The pool & hot tub are on site & very enjoyable. Many restaurants are a short drive. This is a 'must stop' if you are in AZ. Just off I-17.” – John Driessen, Google Review
If you want to be conveniently located to the Grand Canyon while still enjoying the amenities and culture of a decently-sized city, Flagstaff is the place to be. It’s the perfect basecamp for exploring Northern Arizona, and the Flagstaff KOA is easily one of Flagstaff’s nicest, most highly reviewed campgrounds. The campground is set in the mountains at 7,000 feet elevation, so it’s peaceful and offers lovely views of the San Francisco Peaks. It’s also right off of Route 66, which is perfect for anyone looking to retrace this historic scenic byway. Finally, it’s an hour and a half from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. For exploring Flagstaff, you’re also located within the city limits, near a supermarket, the Flagstaff Mall, and the city’s massive waterpark.
Aside from being one of the most centrally located Grand Canyon campgrounds in the state of Arizona, the Flagstaff KOA is great fun for the whole family. The grounds offer beautiful scenery and numerous hiking trails, and each campsite provides visitors with picnic tables, grills, and more. The “Kamp Kitchen” sells delicious, affordable, homemade food as well. Finally, the campground has some unique amenities that are perfect for families, including a bounce house, educational nature walks, banana bicycle rentals, playgrounds, and barrel train rides.
“We rented both an RV full hookup campsite and family deluxe cabin. Best Idea ever! We used the cabin in the middle of a 5 day trip to take a break from the RV and relax in a full kitchen, bathroom, patio steak dinner cabin camping experience in the pinewood Forrest. The staff members, clubhouse, general store, and breakfast grill menu items were all amazing!” – Jerry Flanagan, Google Review
Being just west of Phoenix makes this park a great place to stay for those who want to be able to explore the city without sleeping in the middle of it all. It’s in Buckeye, Arizona, a town with great golfing, shopping, restaurants, and hiking, and it’s a 30 minute drive from downtown Phoenix. Nearby attractions include horseback riding, the Buckeye Air Fair, the Phoenix Zoo, and the Castles and Coasters theme park. Although you have to go into downtown Phoenix to catch the daily bus to the Grand Canyon, you can also drive there yourself in just under four hours.
Leaf Verde RV Resort is the perfect balance of fun and entertainment with tranquility and relaxation. It is a resort-style RV park with a stunning pool area, large, well-shaded lots with privacy, beautiful desert views, and a large club room and recreation hall. You’ll also find a courtyard, a BBQ area, a camp store, and immaculate restroom and laundry facilities. Despite the comfort and extra services, the price is still very reasonable. For a Phoenix metro area RV park, the value here can’t be beaten.
“Quiet, clean, convenient, and all needs provided. We had a very enjoyable three-night stay. The pool was chilly but felt great in the 90 plus degree heat and our dog loved going to the dog park. If ever in Buckeye AZ we will stay again!” – Christina Eng, Google Review
Desert View is located right along the rim of the Grand Canyon, just 25 miles east of Grand Canyon Village. It’s a great option for those who want to stay a little further from the main tourist hub within the Grand Canyon while still having easy access to the area’s amenities and astounding views. The grounds are near the eastern edge of the Grand Canyon along Desert View Drive, a scenic highway that connects the area with Grand Canyon Village.
This NPS campground and RV Park is one of the most highly rated RV parks in all of Arizona, and it’s right at the doorstep of the Grand Canyon. Although it’s not so deep in Grand Canyon National Park as Grand Canyon Village’s RV park is, the Desert View Point outside this campground actually offers some of the best views of canyon geology and the Colorado River. You’ll find a general store, gas station, and some other convenient services without having to put up with the crowds of tourists and buses that frequent Grand Canyon Village.
“This was, perhaps, the nicest National Park Campground I've ever stayed at. The camp host was delightful and very helpful. There are spectacular views of the Canyon (and the Colorado River) within a close walk of the campground.” – Samuel Rutledge, Google Review
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Meteor Crater RV Park is perfectly situated for enjoying the wide open desert country of Arizona, while being close to the Grand Canyon and the city center of Flagstaff. Just 30 minutes east of Flagstaff, Meteor Crater RV Park is also only two hours from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon and one hour and 30 minutes from Sedona. Right off of I-40, this Grand Canyon RV park is a great jumping off point for exploring the many natural wonders of Northern Arizona, and it’s also great for heading through Navajo Nation and into New Mexico.
Aside from being perfectly located for a trip to the Grand Canyon and Northern Arizona, Meteor Crater RV Park also has an astounding number of amenities. It’s almost a small town in itself. From a visitor’s center, an interactive discovery center, and a theater and subway shop to hiking Route 66, which borders the RV park, and a dog park, you and the family will find it easy to occupy your time at Meteor Crater RV Park. But perhaps the most unique, intriguing thing about this RV park is the fact that it sits on the site of an old meteor impact, complete with a museum. While there, you’re very likely to spot a shooting star, due to its location, wide open spaces, and incredible night sky views.
“Excellent RV park right along I-40 between Winslow & Flagstaff, AZ. Very professional staff, super clean restrooms & laundry facilities, nice, wide pull-thru spots. They even have a few tent-only sites. Highly recommend.” – Keith Wheeler, Google Review
Visiting the Grand Canyon is a once in a lifetime experience. There’s no better way to experience its majesty than on an RV trip with the whole family through Northern Arizona.
Each of these parks offers something unique, but all are great options for people who want to be close to the Grand Canyon. Some are situated right within the park for people who want to get the most out of their time at the Grand Canyon. For those who prefer a greater diversity of experiences, parks near Flagstaff and Phoenix are great options, allowing visitors to do a day trip to the Grand Canyon while still exploring other areas.
It’s also important to consider the level of comfort you’re looking for. Many of these RV parks offer resort-style experiences, where you have access not just to full hookups, but to laundry facilities, game rooms, pools, hot showers, exercise centers, and more. There are a few, however, particularly as you get closer to the Grand Canyon, that are very bare bones. While these involve a little more preparation, they are worth it for people who want to immerse themselves in nature.
Whichever Grand Canyon RV park you end up choosing, your trip to Arizona and the Grand Canyon is bound to be one the family will never forget.
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