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Desert View Campground

25 Miles east of Grand Canyon Village, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ 86023
Desert View Campground
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Edmond, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

This is a first come first serve campground and we were fortunate to find a site the day we went 6/31/15. The campground is clean, the host was very friendly and always driving around the campground checking things. We felt very safe and our experience was great! My only problem is that there are no shower facilities here so we... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Very nice campground. It's about a 30 minute drive to the Village and all the "action", but that's even nice because the drive is smooth with lots of great views and there's always elk somewhere along the way to see. This trip, in early September, we arrived at 7:00 pm and although the sign said "Full", we did a drive... More 

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Riga, Latvia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

As we came from Zion / Kanab direction to South Rim, we entered the park near this campground. We were told that there are 2 campings - this and another one inside the park, closer to trailheads and shuttle (which are approx 40 km further). However, the inside camping usually is very busy, and it is impossible to call them... More 

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Blanco, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I say "probably" only because we didn't personally check out the other campground options. I read about this campground on Tripadvisor, and coming in from the east, it made sense. As other reviewers have said, great location, great price, and everything you'd need (unless you need a shower, in which case you'll have to drive about 30 minutes to another... More 

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Leuven, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

This campground was perfect. It's a 30 minute drive to the main entrance of the canyon park, but don't let that deter you. There is a bathroom and a sink to do your dishes, but for showers and wifi you'll have to go to the main campground. There is also no lighting, which is a good thing for stargazing. Just... More 

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Nashville
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013 via mobile

Just what we wanted--a quiet low-key night together before an early morning hike. We got there at about noon on a Friday and it filled up pretty soon thereafter. It had everything we needed--bathrooms, fire ring, table, general store around the corner. Easy to check in and set up. All sites are great. If you want something busier then Mather... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

We got a great spot upon arrival at 11am. I know it filled up within a couple of hours afterwards & for great reason. It was a perfect spot for our Canyon visit & we were happy with our choice to stay here rather than Mather. We loved the seclusion from the busy-ness of the park. Keep in mind if... More 

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Memphis, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

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,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

Not as crouded as the Mather campground, it's a wonderful place to stay. Restrooms were clean, enough space for one or more tents, enough shade, picknick table, fire pit, a bit of privacy if needed, some really great viewpoints nearby, ... However, there are no showers so you have to drive up to the mather campground. It's everything you can... More 

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