Primitive camping

Camping wild with river views

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Camp as wild as you dare in Kaibab Nat. Forest (free) or at a national park backcountry campsite (fee, permit required). For backpackers, the park offers camping in 3 Corridor campgrounds with water and facilities (Indian Garden, Bright Angel, Cottonwood). The 12 Threshold Zone camping sites are recommended for experienced hikers on non-maintained trails often with no water. Highly-experienced hikers can choose at-large camping along 9 non-maintained, Primitive Zone trails and 6 instinct to non-existing trails in the Wild Zone. Wild and Primitive Zone trails are not recommended in the summer when 100+ F. degrees and no water are to be expected. See park publications for Summer Hiking Essentials and Winter Hiking Essentials. A Backcountry Permit is required for camping in the park.

For car/bike camping away from the crowds, explore the North Rim and forest on the 60-mile primitive road to the 3,000-foot Toroweap overlook and campground (no water or facilities). The high-clearance road leaves Hwy 389 west of Fredonia, AZ. Allow 2-3 hours of rugged driving over sharp rocks and washboard ruts. Other routes leave from Colorado City and St. George.

At A Glance

Fees apply for all National Park camping
Seasonal May 15-Oct. 15 on North Rim

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