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Cottonwood Campground

16.6 miles from the Bright Angel trailhead, On North Kaibab Trail, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ 86023
Cottonwood Campground
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    2.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 via mobile

We camped here overnight as we climbed in and out of the canyon from the south rim and loved it. Nice secluded camp sites, water, toilets and picnic tables plus decent campgrounds. 8:00pm quiet curfew good, allowed plenty of time for rest. Make sure you take e 1.2 mile hike to e waterfall just north of the camp grounds, INCREDIBLE,... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We had the site with shade...pretty sure it was 10, on the right side (next site lead back off trail, and then it was the water station) most of them don't unless you are in a group. Sites are small, but you aren't traveling with a lot so not much space is needed. Nice large Cottonwood trees up the trial... More 

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Chico, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

Rim to Rim in the Grand Canyon is about 24 miles, but that number, though large, is misleading because it doesn't count the elevation loss and gain, which will be more than 10,600 feet. This hike is not for the out of shape. It's not for anyone with any health issues, either, because there is no cell reception in the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

Cottonwood is a small campground about 7 miles from the North Rim. It is a nice stop along the way. It is a small campground. Permit is required and it is first come, first served. Bathrooms are compost toilets (Bright Angel is actual flush toilets) and there are no running water sinks. There are 2 drinking water faucets, one by... More 

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Window Rock, AZ
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2012

We went R2R and this was our first stop coming down from the North Rim. It's near Bright Angel Creek and the trail cuts right through the campground. It has water and bathrooms. Most sites had shade with a few without. It was a good stop before heading on down to Phantom Ranch.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2011

Very small - 11 sites/1 group site. Permit needed from Backcountry Office to camp here. http://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/backcountry-permit.htm First come, first choice - some sites near the Bright Angel Creek, some sites with shade. Site comes with a picnic table, metal boxes for food protection and T-pole to hang backpacks from. Pit toilets, drinking water available (seasonal), ranger station (seasonal) with day-use... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2010

Cottonwood Campground is located down in the Grand Canyon on the North Kaibab Trail. From the North Rim, it takes a hike of approx. 6.8 miles, all downhill. You need a permit to stay at this campground site. We made the trip in June when it would be 100 degrees F. down in the Canyon during the day and 75... More 

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