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.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Open all year, this campground offers 31 campsites. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Bright Angel Campground Hotel Grand Canyon National Park