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Indian Garden

4 1/2 miles down Bright Angel Trail going towards Phantom Ranch, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ 86023
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Empty Nesters wrote a review May 2021
Louisville, Kentucky
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We spent two nights in this beautiful campground. The location is perfect because you only need to carry your gear halfway down/up. Nice covered shelters with metal picnic table. Shade, water and restrooms readily available. Cool canyon streams nearby to cool off in and easy access to trails like Bright Angel, Tonto and plateau point. Loved that deer hung around the campsite.
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Soggiorno wrote a review Jan 2014
Chico, CA
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Rim to Rim in the Grand Canyon is about 24 miles, but that number, though large, is misleading because it doesn't count the elevation loss and gain, which will be more than 10,600 feet. From the South Rim to Indian Gardens is about 5 miles, with an elevation loss of about 3,000 feet. The elevation change is really not significant until you're walking out. If you plan to walk from the Rim to the Gardens, plan also to stay overnight. I've seen people carrying ice chests down, wearing flip flops. This is insane, not to say asinine. The trail is excellent, but there's no escalator. Hiking out is strenuous.

No hike in the Canyon is for the out of shape, except maybe the Rim Trail, which is basically a path. It's not for anyone with any health issues, either, because there is no cell reception in the Canyon, and no way to get help quickly. Indian Gardens is one of the best places to stop either on the way up or the way down, depending on which rim you start from. Most people going all the way across (which is the assumption I'll arbitrarily make) start at the North Rim, because that is the longest single section of the hike and they'd rather do it downhill than up, but I've done both and either way I'd recommend that you stop at Indian Gardens if only to change socks and get a drink of water. I've done R2R in a Day twice, once each direction, and we always stop there to put our feet in the water. The basic R2R is four days, three nights, with one night at Cottonwood (assuming here a north to south route), one night at Phantom in the bottom, one night at Indian Gardens on the Bright Angel Trail, and then up to the South Rim.

There is no better way to get a sense of the immensity of this canyon than to go to the bottom. You can ride mules if you prefer not to walk, but your butt will be REALLY sore. If you arrange them well in advance, there are small cabins-- really just board walls with a cot-- you can rent at Phantom, where there is also a small store and where they serve meals family style at night during the summer. Reservations are required for the meals.

Hiking the Grand Canyon can be a life-altering event. It can also be a life-threatening event if you are unprepared, or if you "disrespect" the environment. The heat in the summer can reach well over 110 f, and trying to hike in that heat can bring on heat exhaustion or heat prostration, which can kill you. Spring and fall are the best seasons to hike into the Grand Canyon.

Most of the nearly 5 MILLION (!) people who "visit" the canyon every year scarcely leave their cars. They get out at the South Rim and walk to the edge, or they drive to Mather Point or the tower at Desert View and look into and across the abyss, and they ooh and ahh, but they can't possibly fathom its size from the top. I think this canyon is the most amazing place on earth.
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Date of stay: October 2013
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Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: You need backcountry permits to camp in the Canyon, and reservations to stay at the campsites.
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Kbecjeans⛺ wrote a review Feb 2007
Salt Lake City, Utah
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We requested our stay at Indian Garden in April just as soon as it was possible to do so (For a labor day weekend stay). We faxed in the days we wanted and waited impatiently for the permits to come, and were thrilled when they did. We stayed here as part of a three day trip to the river and back. We headed down South Kaibab trail and camped at Bright Angel Campground. The next day we headed up. When we got to Indian Gardens they said it had reached 120 degrees at the river bottom that day. However Indian Garden is about 2000 ft higher and much cooler.

This is a beautiful oasis in an otherwise fairly barren brown landscape. The trail follows the stream for awhile before arriving at the oasis. There is a ranger station, a campground, several restrooms, a picnic area, water pipes (which is where most everyone congregated), benches and fences to sit on, and trees, glorious trees for shade. Many people hike to Indian Garden as a day hike before heading back up so it was actually very crowded in the common area when we arrived. Campspots are first come first served and are not too private especially from nearby campers. We set up camp and then went various ways. Some headed out to Plateau Point, some napped.

In the late afternoon when the day people had left it was a quiet and peaceful sanctuary. I am hoping to get there again one day.
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Date of stay: September 2003
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rutansh wrote a review May 2013
Monroe Township, New Jersey
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We decided to break our hiking-up journey on bright angel trail into two parts, and stayed 1 night at Indian Garden campsite. You wont believe that you're in desert, as this campsite is very well shaded and in middle of lush greenery. Toilets are clean, but no flush-toilets like bright angel campsite. Almost all campsites has a good view; but few sites are next to the trail - so little 'less' privacy for those.
A secret - there is (only one) a nice chair in ranger/visitor station with awesome cushion. You'll feel like in heaven having this chair after tough hiking for days ;-)
Also, visitors can trash veggies, fruits etc. food in the toilets, so if you're hiking from South-rim to indian garden, carry fruits and dont worry about trash. But yes, one can't trash other garbage there. (While, for phantom ranch or bright angel campsite, one has to carry out EVERYTHING).
From IG campsite, Platue point is just 1.5 one-way mile. It's the best place for sunset, if you're around.
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Date of stay: May 2013
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Trip type: Travelled with friends
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hope2332 wrote a review Aug 2009
Atlanta, Georgia
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The Indian Garden campground was second on our list of stops for our trip. Most people refer to it as an oasis and I would definitely agree. It appeared to be larger then Bright Angel campground, with more open space, vegetation and shade. The camp area wasn’t secluded at all but it did have a table with a shelter over it. It doesn’t have the restroom facility like the other campground but more like wooden large porter potties. Sounds yucky but it is maintained and kept clean. To be honest, it beats digging a hole and using the rest room outside where other creatures are. But this area does have drinking water, which is always needed and a delight.
One thing that I did not like about this area, were the squirrels. I have never in my life every came in contact or even seen and animal so aggressive. The squirrels are all over the place and the main objective is to get your food. They would literally walk up to you and try to get whatever you got. The problem with this is, for one, you are not supposed to feed the animals and secondly, you are not and don’t want to harm the animals. So what are you to do to get them to leave you alone? The one thing you do is put all your food away as soon as you get there. If you must eat, don’t eat for enjoyment, eat for survival because once they get a whiff of your food, they are in your face. I found that once I put my food in the container, immediately they went away. Another thing that they have there are little lizards which were not a bother at all. They just roamed around and did whatever lizards do.
The best part of this area is the little pool that was made for people to wade in and cool off. My husband had the pleasure of sitting around talking to people from all over the world. England, Australia, Canada, France, you name it. Everyone was so nice and so friendly and happy. People shared their experiences thus far and different events along the way. There were people there with intension on camping out for the night but there were a few day hikers there as well. One particular day hiker had hiked to the bottom and came back up to the garden to rest. He looked tired but was in good sprits considering what he was trying to do (hike the canyon in a day).
All in all, the area is beautiful and great place to camp if you want to be adventurous and leave the rim.
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Date of stay: July 2009
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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bettyUK wrote a review Apr 2009
Bedford UK
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We also booked our one night stay as early as it was possible.
The campsite is set out in separate areasof different sizes for for each camping group. Each site has its own covered table and pole for hanging rucksacks. You are provided with large metal containers in which to store food. There are a couple of double toilet blocks - earth pit and a bit gross, and water taps.
The setting is lovely and it gets shade relatively early in the afternoon.
The walk to plateau point has to be done, and the bullfrogs (?), made the MOST amazing noise. Our only regret is that we did not set off as early as we should have to enjoy the peace there more. It is VERY dark at night and the stars are fantastic.
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Date of stay: April 2009
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Trip type: Travelled with family
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podrozniczka60 wrote a review Sept 2015
New Jersey
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Indian Garden is a beautiful stop on Bright Angel Trail. It is approximately half way between the rim trailhead and Colorado river. It has water available, toilets, rest benches, access to stream. After walking the trail through desert-like landscapes arriving to Indian Garden feels like reaching a green oasis! There is a small campground for about 15 tents available. You have to make reservations in Backcountry Office of the Grand Canyon National Park and best it is to do it well ahead of time.There is a lottery system in place for initial allocation of spots. But if you fail to do it do not despair : often there are last minute openings due to cancellations.
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Date of stay: August 2015
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Esty666 wrote a review Apr 2012
Wickenburg, Arizona
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Indian Gardens is a lush green oasis sitting at the bottom of the side arm of the Canyon down which the Bright Angel trail wends its way in tight serpentines on its way to the river. As the ground levels off more and more and the canyon opens up ever more to your left and right, with the Tonto Plateau now stretching ahead of you, you come to Indian Gardens. Looking down from the rim close to the rim lodges, you can see Indian Gardens as the verdant green ribbon in a more arid and rocky surrounding, making a great destination in its own right. Whereas it makes for a perfect stop for hikers on the way down to the river and Phantom Ranch, it'll also make a perfect day-hike for expereinced hikers. You can even go to Indian gardens and then on a bit to Plateau Point, which is a sensational overlook, with the river roaring below you.
Indian Gardens offers benches and tables at various camping sites in the shade of the portly trees - it also offers restrooms (well, not the ones that flush, more basic, bust still) and, last but not least, water.
if you want to camp here overnight you need a permit and a reservation. But anybody is welcome during the day.
The camp sites have shelters against the sun or - depending on the season - rain. There's running water and a tiny pond, making this an idyllic spot to rest weary limbs. There are also rangers there in case you need help or have a question.
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Date of stay: July 2011
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Trip type: Travelled solo
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EdmondsIndiana wrote a review Apr 2015
Indiana
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We camped here for two nights, hiked down to Phantom Ranch and came back up and spend the second night at Indian Gardens again. It is the perfect location to do this long hike without risking your life. Also, you can hike to Plateau Point in the evening for spectacular sunset views. There aren't a lot of camp sites here and you don't have showers, just pit toilets and running water at the water stations throughout the campground. But that is part of the camping experience. Truly enjoyed it and won't soon forget. It is one of those places you are proud to have been at.
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Date of stay: February 2015
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Colleen B wrote a review May 2016
Orlando, Florida
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The hike down Bright Angel trail is an adventure in itself and we were so glad to see the sign for Indian Gardens after all those switchbacks. IG is a small, shady, beautiful campground half-way down.

We picked the site closest to the bathrooms, which was a mixed blessing. Great for us when we needed to go, but also meant that every other camper passed by our tent with flashlites in the night. The restroom itself was much better than we thought it would be -- very well maintained and stocked with TP. We were able to look up at so many stars because of the lack of city lights!

We were also near the fresh spring water access (a water fountain and spigot where you can drink or wash) - very necessary.

Best advice: don't carry down anything you don't need. Unfortunately, for 4 people, we had a lot, which made the hike tough. It was smart for us to stop at this half-way point and use it as a launching for the Phantom Ranch hike the next day. Leaving the packs at the campsite made the 5 miles down and 5 miles back a lot easier on my husband and kids the next day. I waited at IG, resting my sore muscles in prep for the hike out. Glad I did that.

The weather changes made it hard to plan. There was snow at the top of the canyon, then at IG it was in the 50's during the day, and at the bottom closer to 80's. So, we needed all kinds of layers (more to carry, but needed all of them).

Once you are at the campsite, there is not much to do. There is a trail to Plateau Point (1.5 miles), but we were tired of walking by then. We took a small butane stove and grilled hot dogs & marshmallows. We played cards. But, both nights, we were ready to turn in very early and rest up for the next day.

The 2nd night, we had a big rainstorm and I thought it was going to be a real mess in the AM trying to pack up. But, I hadn't counted on the desert conditions that soaked up that rain super-quickly and caused very little problems (until we got further up the trail).

The hike back up is the hardest part! The advice to double your time from the hike down was pretty accurate for us! It took us 10 hours to hike the 5 miles. It is more than just the walking, which we could have done in our flat state of FL in about 2-1/2 hours. It is the weather and change in elevation that makes it difficult. I had a hard time catching my breath at times. We had to take lots of breaks (this was true of both old and young, fat and thin, in our party). We were exhausted and so grateful to reach the top!

Would we ever do this again? Probably not. But, it is now checked off our bucket list and I think, when the hike out memory fades a bit, we will have really great memories!
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Date of stay: April 2016
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Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: You must have a backcountry permit to camp here...you pick the campsite, first come first served.
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Kacey B wrote a tip May 2018
Washington DC, District of Columbia6 contributions7 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All the campsites are lovely"
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17KAG wrote a tip Feb 2018
Edmonton, Canada3,550 contributions343 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"This is not a hotel, but a day use area and campground. We were merely passing through."
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Colleen B wrote a tip May 2016
Orlando, Florida88 contributions57 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"You must have a backcountry permit to camp here...you pick the campsite, first come first served."
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Soggiorno wrote a tip Jan 2014
Chico, CA138 contributions188 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"You need backcountry permits to camp in the Canyon, and reservations to stay at the campsites."
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EmTeeNesters wrote a tip Apr 2012
NY162 contributions68 helpful votes
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"First come, first served. Also, there are day hikers that may be using the sites as they rest - ask and you may find out that the site is not yet taken for the night."
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Frequently Asked Questions about Indian Garden
Which popular attractions are close to Indian Garden?
Nearby attractions include Grand Canyon South Rim (2.2 km), South Kaibab Trail (3.3 km), and Rim Trail (2.5 km).
What are some restaurants close to Indian Garden?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Phantom Ranch Canteen, Bright Angel Bicycles and Cafe, and Grand Canyon Village Market & Deli.
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Many travellers enjoy visiting Hermit's Rest (4.2 km), Grand Canyon Railway Depot (2.7 km), and Trans-Canyon Telephone Line, Grand Canyon National Park (2.6 km).
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