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“A great resting spot while backpacking the rims.”

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Bright Angel Campground
Reviewed 30 March 2012

Hiked from S. Kaibab to Phantom Ranch in about 5.5 hrs with Boy Scout troops. Camped in 1 of 2 group sites. Once site has 3 covered spots where the ringtailed critters hang out and steal food from packs that you can hand under the overhang. The sites sit in between the two restrooms so the one near the bridge is less used and more convenient. After a long day of hiking, the beach is the place to just lay out, watch arriving rafters and take a nap in the sun. Watch out for squirrels, we witnessed them literally unzipping packs and taking off with snacks!
Nature lectures were held so that helped pass the time along with the liberary of books that one can take to read while visiting. This is a very challenging hike, I recommend rafting in and hiking out to save the knees. It was obvious who the rafters were and the hikers by all the limps and slow movement around the grounds, LOL.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with friends
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5  Thank GINayner
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Reviewed 31 January 2012

This is part of R2R hike going from North to South. Got to the campground around 2 - 3 p.m. and it was pretty hot! Water and bathrooms there and Phantom Ranch not to far away. Bright Angel Creek runs by and we all went in for a dip to cool off! Many folks wake up early, about 4 a.m. to get started on the way up to avoid the heat and most are quiet!

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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3  Thank Chizzi
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Reviewed 3 November 2011

This was the first backpacking trip for my sister and I. Thankfully my husband was with us and had done this before. We were at the Bright Angel Campground for 2 nights. The campground is along Bright Angel Creek and near the Colorado River. It is also 1/2 mile from Phantom Ranch. Our campsite was nice. It's first come, first serve. About half the sites are right on the creek and the other half are 'next to' the valley wall. We chose site #17, which was away from the creek. The sites have a place to hang your pack, a picnic table, a small square cement piece on the ground to put your cooking stove on and 2 metal ammo cans to store your food. We had 2-2man tents in the space with no problems at all. There is toiles (clean toilets - ladies room has 2 toilets and 2 sinks with mirrors and a hand dryer) and drinking water available in the middle of all the camp sites. We had a wonderful time. The campsites were all full while we were there. The night sky is amazing and the sounds of the night were very soothing. It's nice to have Phantom Ranch close by. We had 2 of our meals there, along with buying an occasional iced tea and lemonade in the afternoon. I would highly recommend this campground (it's tough to get a permit - so be persistent)!

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with family
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5  Thank casper80236
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Reviewed 29 July 2010

Bright Angel Campground is right near Phantom Ranch located at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. The view is awesome and well worth the hike. We were able to set up tent right on the Bright Angel Creek, where cottonwood trees line its shores. The only drawback was that the water line in the Canyon broke the day before our hike. As I understand that happens often so be sure you are able to treat your water. There are flushing toilets at this campground, but no showers.

Stayed: June 2009, travelled with family
8  Thank sisterhiker
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Reviewed 7 October 2009

Made this our second stop during a 3-night/4-day hike into the Canyon. After spending the first night on the Tonto Plain we spent a very relaxed night at Bright Angel. We arrived on a very hot day and after spending about 30 minutes hydrating ourselves we found a great spot right next to the creek. We quickly set-up our gear and then hopped into the creek to cool off and do some cleaning. After being "counseled" by the ranger for our hanging of clothes and apparent inappropriate use of bio-degradable soap, we made it with a few minutes to spare for dinner. We had inquired at the south rim before hiking down and discovered some steak dinners were available for purchase. We loved it! After a long day of hiking and severe thirst, being able to sit in air conditioned (swamp cooler) comfort having steak, potato, salad, vegetables and LOTS of iced tea, hard to imagine anything better.

In addition to the food (we also did breakfast the next morning and purchased sack lunches for the hike out), we also enjoyed the clean and modern restrooms and I even made a call using the pay phone.

The only real issue with this kind of camping is the constant concern for your food (provided ammo cans are a must) and keeping your gear up off the ground away from the critters.

Highly recommend planning ahead (we made our reservations almost 6 months out) and taking advantage of this great gem.

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled with friends
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7  Thank larry_a_boyd
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Address: Grand Canyon National Park, AZ
Region: United States > Arizona > Grand Canyon National Park
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Ranked #8 of 13 Speciality Lodging in Grand Canyon National Park
Number of rooms: 32
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Open all year, this campground offers 31 campsites. ... more   less 
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