Grand Canyon Fees & Reservations

Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park in all its beauty

Grand Canyon Fees & Reservations are one of the few things in the Grand Canyon National Park which are not divided into South Rim and North Rim, well, some Grand Canyon fees and reservations are of course, but certainly not the entrance fees. 

  • The price to enter Grand Canyon National Park is $25 per private vehicle, and that covers you for both the South Rim and the North Rim for seven days.
  • Individual permits cost $12 per person – that’s for people who enter the Grand Canyon National Park on foot, on a bicycle or a motorcycle. Individuals who are 15 years old or less, however, don’t have to pay anything, it’s free, gratis, they pay zilch, nada, nothing at all.
  • Annual passes are also available, and can save regular visitors to Grand Canyon National Park more than a pretty penny (depending on how many times they visit of course). These cost $50 and are valid for a whole year from the date of purchase. It can be used for admittance by the person who bought the ticket (naturally) plus any passengers in a private motor vehicle, or the person who bought the ticket (probably Dad) plus accompanying members of the close family if entering the park on foot, bicycle or motorcycle.

More current news and information on the Grand Canyon National Park Facebook page.

Grand Canyon Campground Fees & Reservations

Grand Canyon National Park has a couple of developed campgrounds where you are permitted to take your vehicle, you can also enjoy some back country camping within the canyon – more of that later. Right, back to the developed campgrounds.

  • Mather Campground, Grand Canyon South Rim – this campsite is open all year round but there are no hook-ups. There’s also a maximum allowance of 30 foot for RV’s and trailers. The Mather Campground is in the Grand Canyon Village and is available for RV camping (remember, no hook-ups) or tents. Pets are permitted at the camp site but they must be kept on a leash at all times and never left unattended to bark or whine all day and upset the neighbors. You can’t take pets below the rim of the canyon, but there are kennels available at South Rim Village – do you get the impression that they’ve thought of everything?  There’s a laundry and showers close by (for an additional fee) and you can buy wood and the local general store for use in the campsite grills.  Reservations for this camp site are highly recommended during the summertime. It’ll cost you $18 per night per site, which can accommodate a maximum of two vehicles, three tents and six people. The campground office is closed in the winter time, from mid November until the end of February, and reservations aren’t possible during this time . . . it’s first come first served.  The prices are a bit lower though, it’s only $15 per family site.

Okay, not the best video, there’s a lot of mumbling going on, but you get a good view of the site and it sure looks good (not sure about the socks and flip flops).


  • Trailer Village, Grand Canyon South Rim – is situated close to the Mather Campground and is for those who prefer to rough it in a little more luxury – they have RV sites with hook-ups! You can make reservations for Trailer Village, which is certainly a good idea during the summer.
  • Desert View Campground – closes during the winter months (just like the North Rim actually). It doesn’t have hook-ups, there’s a 30 foot limit (do you get the impression that if your RV is longer than 30 foot then you’re not welcome at Grand Canyon National Park). The Desert View Campground has 50 sites in total, only a few of which are large enough to accommodate an RV or Travel Trailer, they’re mostly for tents. Reservations are not accepted for Desert View Campground, it’s strictly first come first served and it can get pretty full by early afternoon when it’s really busy in the summer. You’re allowed to camp at Desert View Campground for a maximum of 7 days, and you have to leave by 11am in the mornings. It’ll cost you $12 per night, per site at this Grand Canyon Campground, but don’t expect much in the way of facilities . . . there’s no water, no utility, or sewer hook-ups, there are two water faucet’s in the campground and there are restrooms with flushing water (but the water ain’t hot), no showers either, if you want a shower you’ve gotta high tail it to the Mather Campground, and that’s 26 miles away.

Why did I bother to write all that stuff, I could have just added the video . . . oh well, it’s a bit late now!

Back Country Camping in Grand Canyon National Park

If your idea of a camping trip is to hike into the middle of nowhere and pitch your tent far away from the hustle and bustle of regular campgrounds, then it’s okay, the Grand Canyon National Park can accommodate you too, however, you can’t just do your own thing, there are rules which must be obeyed.

Back Country Permits

Back country permits are needed if you want to camp anywhere in the Grand Canyon National Park except the three campgrounds mentioned above. In fact, you’ve gotta’ get a back country permit if you want to do any;

  • overnight hiking
  • overnight cross country skiing
  • overnight horseback riding
  • overnight camping at any sites other than the three mentioned above
  • overnight camping on the North Rim in the winter season

You’ve gotta’ have your back country permit with you on your trip, and once you’ve pitched your tent “away from it all” you’ve gotta’ attack it to your tent, backpack or somewhere else which is in good, plain view of the park rangers.  These back country permits are available from the Backcountry Information Center at Grand Canyon National Park.  Back country permits have details of;

  • trip leader
  • number of people in the party
  • itinerary
  • specific dates

and they’re only valid for those things. A backcountry permit costs $10 which is non-refundable, plus $5 per person, per night that you’ll be camping below the rim of the Grand Canyon, and $5 per group, per night that you’ll be camping above the rim. Remember, even if you’ve got a backcountry permit you’ve still gotta’ pay the Grand Canyon National Park entrance fees when you arrive.