Camping at Grand Canyon National Park

Camping at Grand Canyon National Park

July 26, 2020

The Grand Canyon is a national treasure that everyone should see at least one.  Your child could come away from a family trip to the Grand Canyon with memories that will last a lifetime.  Grand Canyon National Park is in Arizona, and sees thousands of visitors from around the world every year.

There are plenty of activities to keep family members of all ages busy in the Grand Canyon. You can take a donkey ride down into the actual canyon from the top, which is an amazing experience. You can also go out on the relatively recently build Skywalk. The Skywalk is an engineering marvel that was competed in 2004.  It’s a bridge made entirely of glass and perched on the edge of the Canyon, overlooking the Colorado River.

The Skywalk is built in a horseshoe shape so you can walk out over the Canyon, and then walk back to land in one loop. You can see below you as well as above you thanks to the glass. Not for those with a dread fear of height, obviously, but a unique opportunity for those who can deal with the feeling of being suspended over the canyon. Admission to the Skywalk is free with a valid park admission sticker and you can spend as long as you like gazing down into the Canyon.

There are also three Indian reservations near the Canyon so if you want to take an educational and interesting day trip while you’re there you can head over to the Navajo Reservation, the Hualapai Reservation, or the Havasupai Reservation.

Hiking is also a popular activity in the Grand Canyon. There are plenty of hiking trails that are appropriate for the whole family but you should stay away from the backcountry hiking if you are hiking with kids, unless you and they are extremely experienced hikers. 

Even the best hikers find backcountry hiking in the Grand Canyon challenging because of the extreme heat and the extreme cold at night, the complete lack of water, and the effects of being so far from civilization or help, if it was needed. If you really want to brave the backcountry you should consider going on a guided day hike instead of going it alone.

There is a $25 fee per vehicle for entrance to the park, separate from the camping fees. There are two campgrounds for Grand Canyon National Park, one on each rim of the Canyon. Campsite prices are $18-20 for campsites with water and electricity hookups, showers, laundry facilities and bathrooms and $12 for campsites with fewer amenities.

The campsites are open all year round. If you want to visit the Grand Canyon when there aren’t thousands of other tourists there you might want to plan your family camping vacation for sometime other than busy summer months. Temperatures in the winter are still quite mild.

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