Camping In Arizona

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Why It’s Cool: Do you really need a reason? It’s the freakin’ Grand Canyon. The South Rim is more popular, accessible, and busier, while the North Rim is harder to get to but offers a more secluded stay (and is actually in Utah). Both areas are gorgeous, so you really can’t go wrong. Backcountry hiking is one of the most popular activities, but it can be super tough (yet equally rewarding). Whitewater rafting trips on the Colorado River are always a crowd-pleaser.

Where to Camp: Reservations are recommended for two of the three developed campgrounds during the summer. Backcountry camping is also allowed with a permit.

When It’s Open: The South Rim is open year-round, but some facilities close during winter. The North Rim is open mid-May through mid-October.

Cost: $30 per private vehicle, valid for seven days. Annual passes also available. Campground fees start at $12 per night. For more information, visit the park's website.

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