Desert View Campground
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Desert View Campground

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#1 of 2 campsites in Grand Canyon Village
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1 Desert View Dr, Grand Canyon Village, AZ 86023
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Christy B wrote a review June 2021
Spring Hill, Tennessee
5.0 of 5 bubbles
You always know when someone loves their job! The host at Desert View campground was happy to be there and take care of the campers. We enjoyed her bubbly personality.
We camped for two nights at Desert View ( surprisingly there are no real views unless you leave the campground!)
It was beautiful, clean, and well-kept!
We loved waking up early and finding the path out to the rim for the sunrise and then again in the evening for the most gorgeous sunsets.
We got ice cream at the Desert View store ( before you enter the campground) on a very hot afternoon. Just perfect!
America the Beautiful!!
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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KellyM_9 wrote a review Aug 2022
Sunbury
5.0 of 5 bubbles
If you want to visit the GC and would like some solitude, look no further. The campsite is 25 miles (40 mins) from the GC village and so peaceful. The main selling point, however, is the fact that the GC rim, together with some of the best views we saw on our whole trip, is less than a minute’s walk from the back of the campsite. You can have the canyon to yourself morning and evening. Facilities are good and clean, and the host is on hand to help if you need anything. A magical place and we would return to the GC just to stay here.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Get a pitch in the high 40s for easy access to the rim.
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TravelBudz48 wrote a review Jan 2011
Solihull, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Before arriving at the campground we stopped off at the Grand Canyon Village Store to rent a 2-man tent, sleeping bags and ground mats. We then drove 25 miles East along the rim to the Desert View campground.

We arrived at the campground mid-afternoon. It was reasonably empty so we had a good selection of pitches to choose from. Once our pitch was selected we had to pay at a 'pay and display' type machine ($12 per night) which took credit cards aswell as cash. The machine produced a paper ticket that we had to clip to a small post next to our pitch.

We selected pitch #32 (I think) which backed onto open land. This was nice and secluded as we didn't have anyone walking passed our tent to visit the toilet, bins or water taps.

All the pitches have fire pits and picnic tables. You are only permitted to burn wood bought with you or from the Grand Canyon general stores. We bought a couple of packs from the Desert View store which cost about $7 per pack. It was great to have a campfire as there is no other light. The sky and stars were amazing, plus all the strange animal noises during the night!?

The toilets on site were clean and adequate. We knew there were no showers, so we took baby wipes with us! You are able to use showers at Mather Campground, but this is 25 miles away back at the Grand Canyon Village, so we didn't bother with this as we were only camping for 2 nights.

It is well worth waking early and taking the short walk to the rim to see the sun rise. We found a perfect spot to the right of the Desert View Watchtower which was very isolated.

I would definitely recommend this campground ahead of Mather campground. We took a drive around Mather and thought it was too large and busy. We wanted to experience the Canyon for what it was, so other than actually hiking down into the Canyon to camp I think the Desert View campground is the perfect choice. It is very close to the rim and really quite quiet. If you want somewhere busier with showers, easy access to food then perhaps Mather is the better choice.
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Date of stay: October 2010
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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T M wrote a review Oct 2021
Rochester, Michigan
3.0 of 5 bubbles
I'm not a seasoned rv camper and I'm not much of a camper at all. Also the weather turned pretty bad when we were at this campground and because of the facilities and my lack of experience, I had a panic attack and we had to leave early. First, the bathrooms suck - the stalls have toilet paper rolls on both sides which make it very difficult to fit into the bathroom if you are larger than a supermodel. They did have a separate handicap bathroom which was much larger. They also didn't have on site laundry and showeres but you could use the ones in the GC village from 6am to 1 pm which I thought was weirdly inconvenient because that campsite is like 23 miles away. On the second night we were there, the weather turned pretty bad - in the 20s and it was freezing rain and snowing but we could only run the generator for two hours in the morning and two hours in the evening which made it hard to stay warm. I loved the fact that we could get to the tower easily and see the sunset and also get to another point easily and see the sunrise. The campground did have a lot of trees and was pretty and the campground host was very nice. However, I chose a campground site online that said it was for an RV; but when I got there the host said it wasn't. But she told me to try it. It worked but she also said she would come by our site and put a cone next to our rv to let people know not to drive too close; but she never did.
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Date of stay: October 2021
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Haven F wrote a review June 2011
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mather campground was full, so we ended up here. It turned out to be a fantastic place. We arrived on a Friday afternoon and had a lot of nice sites to choose from. My husband had previously stayed at Mather and said Desert View was far superior.

It's very peaceful at night. Be sure to pack warm clothes because the temperatures get pretty low. The water in the campground was delicious. There is a grocery store very near to the campground entrance. You can buy food and firewood there.

Tip: The rangers give talks at Desert View during the sunset. Check them out!
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Date of stay: June 2011
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Karissa F wrote a review May 2017
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We actually didn't get to stay here but it looked fine. We drove in at 1:30 on a Thursday in mid May and the place had been full since 10:15, according to the host. There were lots of spots with no stuff, but paid for with that day's date marked and he assured us that he was always around and people would have told him if they were leaving early.

Anyway, tip: if it's full, drive west until just after Bugglin Picnic area and turn left into the national forest. After a mile and a cattle gate you will find FREE camping. Not on the rim, but only a 5 minute drive and free. And more spacious.
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Date of stay: May 2017Trip type: Travelled with family
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elturcogrande wrote a review Aug 2015
Dallas, Texas
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This campground, just a 15 minute hike from the nearest point of the rim, has everything you need in a campground: picnic tables, fire pits, drinking water faucets, restrooms with running water, all on site; showers nearby (15-20 minute walk from campsite, near the visitor center), and a gas station within 10-15 minute walking distance (gas is about 20% more expensive from the gas in Flagstaff, of course; and it sells firewood; wood gathering in the campground is prohibited). There are plenty of trash bins and recycling bins conveniently scattered across the camping site. Two water faucets where you can fill drinking water on camp site. Also available is a large sink to wash your dishes.
The camping site, which has about 50 spots, is first-come first-serve, and it fills up quickly. The camping site maps were not 100% accurate and we almost ended up picking a place we did not want, since the placings on the map were not updated, as we were told. You can hike to the rim at the Desertview visitor center next to the watchtower from the camp site in 20 minutes, or you can hike to any spot on the rim nearby probably withing 15 minutes. Even during the summer it can rain, so come prepared. The camping fee of $12 is per camping spot per night, and it is addition to the one time park entrance fee of $30 (which is valid for one week). So, at $30+$12x8=$126, it is the least expensive way to lodge if you want to stay in the park for a week, if you have a tent. Plus you get to enjoy the nature!
Plus you will have so many international neighbors since people come here from all over the world!
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Date of stay: August 2015Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: All spots are great; if you would like to be close to the gas station, restrooms, & the...
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Kbecjeans⛺ wrote a review Feb 2007
Salt Lake City, Utah
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We planned a trip to GC on Labor Day weekend. We drove all day and night and arrived around midnight. My parents had come earlier to reserve a spot for us since we expected the park to be packed. Maybe the rest of the park was, but even at midnight we had our pick of spots at Desert View. Can't really say much about the campground since we ate breakfast, packed up and headed out. It was a typical forest CG and had all the important amenities (flush toilets).

However Desert View point is an absolutely fabulous first glimpse of the Canyon....Make sure to spend some time enjoying it.
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Date of stay: September 2003
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BicycleGirl1 wrote a review May 2015
Albuquerque, New Mexico
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed for two nights and would recommend Desert View campground over Mather. First come, first serve for site reservations, clean restrooms, water, no showers. Take a short walk with your coffee for an amazing view of the sun rising over the canyon.
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Date of stay: May 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Campsites were all reserved by early Friday afternoon.
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aem5234 wrote a review June 2013
Memphis, Tennessee
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My friend and I took a risk and came to the Grand Canyon on a weekend in early June and somehow managed to avoid a bulk of the crowds. Mather Campground was crazy busy, and I'm so glad we didn't even try and camp there and went straight for Desert View.

The campsites in NE corner were, in our opinion, the best. We stayed in 29, but the ones adjacent on either side of us were great because they opened to a vast sprawling landscape, which we later discovered could take us straight to Desert Rim.

Neverstopexploring2's recommendation was spot on. I don't know if we hiked the exact route described, but we did indeed find a great spot in the general area and watched a great sunset.

12 bucks a night is a great deal for these great campsites. They had running water in multiple locations, a clean bathroom/sink, the fire pits had grates for cooking on, and the firewood for sale lasted us nicely.

We showed up midday on a Friday and had our pick of the park, but it did fill up quickly, and Saturday it was all the way full, so I would recommend arriving early in the day and grabbing your site.
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Date of stay: June 2013
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Jentry H asked a question June 2017
Alexandria, Virginia
Do you know the name of the free campsite?
Answer from Karissa F
2 contributions12 helpful votes
Don't think it had a name, but over the cattle gate and just past the fire tower.
Mithilesh S asked a question Sept 2016
19 contributions11 helpful votes
Is it a RV only camp ground or tents are allowed as well?
Answer from RER47
Marion14 contributions11 helpful votes
Sorry about the late response in answering your question. I'm a tent camper and it is quite sufficient for our needs!
KellyM_9 wrote a tip Aug 2022
Sunbury50 contributions48 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Get a pitch in the high 40s for easy access to the rim."
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Mike wrote a tip Sept 2017
Linz, Austria149 contributions59 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"be there as soon as possible (first-come, first-serve)"
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dianac7diana wrote a tip July 2017
Dallas, Texas35 contributions16 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"To get your spot, go to restrooms and self pay. You don't have to have your spot picked out when you pay. Ranger marks space occupied"
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trm9933 wrote a tip June 2017
Garden City, Kansas11 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Get there early to get a spot"
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Aishu K wrote a tip June 2017
Frisco, Texas8 contributions7 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Please reach the camp ground before 8 in the morning.It gets filled just before 10."
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Which popular attractions are close to Desert View Campground?
Nearby attractions include Navajo Point (0.2 km), Grand Canyon Desert View Watchtower (0.4 km), and Tusayan Ruins and Museum (4.7 km).
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Yes, free parking is available to guests.
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Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
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