Top 10 Grand Canyon Campground & RV Parks

Few trips are as classically American as an RV road trip through Arizona, and few natural wonders are as popular as the Grand Canyon. Between Route 66 and the country’s most beloved canyon, you’ve got two very prominent cultural monuments in American history in this one state.

But there’s so much more to do in and around the Grand Canyon than simply look at it. From the other-worldly Antelope slot canyon to the recreation-seeker’s paradise of Horseshoe Bend in Page to the immensely popular hike in Havasu Falls, natural wonders can be found all throughout the Copper State’s Grand Canyon National Park. What’s more, its surrounding towns and cities are equally worthwhile.

While this list includes the best Grand Canyon RV parks and campgrounds within the park, staying in one of the many nearby towns and cities is also a great option. Phoenix is a booming metropolis with a brilliant up-and-coming foodie and bar scene as well as unique visitor attractions that center around the region’s ecosystem, such as the Desert Botanical Gardens, the Camelback Mountain hike, and Papago Park. Sedona is a hippie paradise set against the backdrop of magnificent red rocks and filled with new age spas, spiritual centers, and art galleries. Bisbee is a charming, unique artist’s compound founded in what used to be a 19th-century mining town. Tuscon is a vibrant college town located in Arizona’s Sonoran Desert, and Flagstaff, the gateway to the Grand Canyon, is home to pine forests and Arizona’s tallest mountain peaks.

You could easily spend months traveling through Arizona and the Grand Canyon and still not see all of its beautiful destinations. However, for those RV travelers who are a little more limited on time, here are the 10 best Grand Canyon RV parks and campgrounds.

1. Grand Canyon National Park Campgrounds

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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.

Best Features

  • Daily Rates $45
  • # of RV Sites: 84
  • Full Hookups: Yes, almost all sites
  • 30/50 Amp: Both available
  • Back-in/Pull-through Sites: Yes, for vehicles up to 50 feet long
  • Pool/Hot tub: No
  • Showers: Yes, coin operated
  • Pets Allowed: Yes, on a leash
  • Additional Services: Laundry, dump station, potable water, vending machines, wifi at the lodge down the road

Why You’ll Love Grand Canyon National Park Campgrounds

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 by many other convenient amenities within Grand Canyon Village. At the same time, it’s one of 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.

Grand Canyon National Park Campgrounds Information

100 Trailer Village Road

Grand Canyon Village, AZ 86023

Phone: 928-638-1006

For more information on the park and its location, visit their website here.

2. Apache Palms RV Park

Photo Credit: Apache Palms RV Park

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 lightrail stop just blocks from the RV park that can take you all around Tempe and over to Phoenix or Scottsdale.

Best Features

  • Daily/Weekly/Monthly Rates Elite Sites (2 people) $45/day; standard sites $40, no weekly/monthly pricing onsite
  • # of RV Sites: 80
  • Full Hookups: yes
  • 30/50 Amp: yes
  • Back-in/Pull-through Sites: Both available
  • Pool/Hot tub: Pool
  • Showers: Yes
  • Pets Allowed: On leash
  • Additional Services: Elite sites include picnic table and grill; copy/FAX, Wi-Wi and cable TV, laundry

Why You’ll Love Apache Palms RV Park

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 Information

1836 E. Apache Blvd.
Tempe, AZ 85281
Phone: (480) 966-7399
Fax: (480) 966-2877
Email: [email protected] 

Business Hours: Mon-Sat 8-5
You can make a reservation or find directions on their website.

3. Phoenix Metro RV Park

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.

Best Features

  • Daily/Weekly/Monthly Rates $45/$270/$526.50, application fee applies
  • # of RV Sites: 310
  • Full Hookups: Yes
  • 30/50 Amp: Both available
  • Back-in/Pull-through Sites: No pull-throughs
  • Pool/Hot tub: Both
  • Showers: Yes
  • Pets Allowed: Under 30lb; no vicious breeds
  • Additional Services: Wi-fi, fitness room, billiard room, shuffleboard, pet runs, car/truck wash bay, propane delivery

Why You’ll Love Phoenix Metro RV Park

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.

Phoenix Metro RV Park Information

22701 N Black Canyon Hwy
Phoenix, AZ 85027

Phone: 623-582-0390
Fax: 623-582-0456
Email: [email protected]

For more information on the park and its location, visit their website here.

 

4. Point of Rocks Campground

Photo credit: By David Quigley (Flickr: Watson Lake in Prescott AZ) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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.

Best Features

  • Daily/Weekly/Monthly Rates 30 Amp $38/228; 50 amp $42/252, monthly during winter $500 restrictions apply
  • # of RV Sites:
  • Full Hookups: Yes
  • 30/50 Amp: Both available
  • Back-in/Pull-through Sites: Both available
  • Pool/Hot tub: No
  • Showers: Yes
  • Pets Allowed: Yes, restrictions apply
  • Additional Services: Wi-Fi, limited TV reception, snack shop, coin laundry

Why You’ll Love Point of Rocks Campground

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.

Point of Rocks Campground Information

3025 N. State Route 89
Prescott, AZ 86301

Phone: (928) 445-9018
Business Hours: Mon-Thu 8-6, Fri 8-7
Visit their website for more information and directions.

5. Tradewinds RV Park

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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.

Best Features

  • Daily/Weekly/Monthly Rates Standard: $35/165 Premium $40/190 Add $3/15 for 50 amp. Monthly rates available.
  • # of RV Sites: Not mentioned onsite
  • Full Hookups: Yes
  • 30/50 Amp: Both available
  • Back-in/Pull-through Sites: Both available
  • Pool/Hot tub: No
  • Showers: Yes
  • Pets Allowed: Yes
  • Additional Services: Nature trails, onsite management, coin laundry, exercise room, Wi-Fi, recreation hall

Why You’ll Love Tradewinds RV Park

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.

Tradewinds RV Park Information

152 S. Emery Park Rd.
Golden Valley, AZ 86413
Phone: (928) 565-5115
Business Hours: Call for more information
Visit their official website for more information.

6. Distant Drums RV Resort

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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.

Best Features

  • Daily/Weekly/Monthly Rates: Rates vary as to site and season, starting at $39/205 to $42/250, call for monthly rates
  • # of RV sites: 158
  • Full Hookups: Yes
  • 30/50 Amp: yes
  • Back-in/Pull-through Sites: Yes
  • Pool/Hot tub: Yes
  • Showers: Yes
  • Pets Allowed: Yes
  • Additional Services: Cable TV and Wi-Fi, fitness room, country store, group rates available

Why You’ll Love Distant Drums RV Resort

Visiting Arizona’s more 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.

Distant Drums RV Resort Information

583 W. Middle Verde Rd.
Camp Verde, AZ 86322
Phone: 1 877 577 5507
Email: [email protected]sort.com
Business Hours: Call for particulars
For a map of the campground and reservations, visit their website here.

7. Flagstaff KOA

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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.

Best Features

  • Daily/Weekly/Monthly Rates: Rates variable, call for more information
  • # of RV Sites: Not listed, it looks like a very large park
  • Full Hookups: Yes
  • 30/50 Amp: Yes
  • Back-in/Pull-through Sites: Both available
  • Pool/Hot tub:
  • Showers: Yes
  • Pets Allowed: Yes
  • Additional Services: Arcade, nature walks, playground, hiking trails, free DVD rentals, Wi-Fi

Why You’ll Love Flagstaff KOA

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.

Flagstaff KOA Information

Address, Phone Number, Fax, Email:
5803 North US Highway 89
Flagstaff, AZ 86004
928-526-9926
Business Hours: Call for more information
Visit their website for more information and a map of the area.

8. Leaf Verde RV Resort

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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.

Best Features

  • Daily/Weekly/Monthly Rates Daily $34, weekly standard $205, deluxe $225, deluxe 2-row $245, monthly $425, $465, $565 plus electric
  • # of RV Sites: 377
  • Full Hookups: yes
  • 30/50 Amp: Both available
  • Back-in/Pull-through Sites: Both available
  • Pool/Hot tub: Pool
  • Showers: Yes
  • Pets Allowed:
  • Additional Services: Wi-Fi, network TV only, recreation hall, club room, guest computer station, laundry facilities, dump station

Why You’ll Love Leaf Verde RV Resort

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.

Leaf Verde RV Resort Information

Address, Phone Number, Fax, Email:
1500 S. Apache Road
Buckeye, AZ 85326
Phone: (623) 386-3132
Fax: (623) 393-0856
Email: [email protected]
Business Hours: Call for information
For a map, directions, and more information on reservations, visit their website here.

9. Desert View

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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.

Best Features

  • Daily Rates: $12
  • # of RV Sites: 50
  • Full Hookups: No
  • 30/50 Amp: No
  • Back-in/Pull-through Sites: Both available
  • Pool/Hot tub: No
  • Showers: No
  • Pets Allowed: Yes
  • Additional Services: Hiking trails, gas station, general store market, courtesy phone, flush toilets

Why You’ll Love Desert Trails RV Park

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.

Desert Trails RV Park Information

Address, Phone Number, Fax, Email:
P.O. Box 129

Grand Canyon, AZ 86023

GPS Coordinates: 36°02’24″N – 111°49’20″W
Phone: 928-638-7888
Business Hours: Call for information
You can find more information and maps of the grounds here.

10. Meteor Crater RV Park

Photo By Ken Thomas (KenThomas.us (personal website of photographer)) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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.

Best Features

  • Daily/Weekly/Monthly Rates Daily $32, with sewer $37. Ask about weekly rate availability
  • # of RV Sites: Not listed, the area is rather large
  • Full Hookups: Yes
  • 30/50 Amp: Both available
  • Back-in/Pull-through Sites: Both available
  • Pool/Hot tub: No
  • Showers: Yes
  • Pets Allowed: Yes
  • Additional Services: Rec room, fuel discounts, enclosed dog run/dog park, Wi-Fi, coin laundry, convenience store, dump station

Why You’ll Love Meteor Crater RV Park

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.

Meteor Crater RV Park Information

Interstate 40, Exit 233
Winslow, AZ 86047 USA
Phone: (800) 478-4002

For more information, visit their website here.

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 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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