We didn't tent but were through the North Rim campground several times on our way to the general store for coffee and hiking supplies. The trail (Transept) from the lodge to the campground is about 1 and 1/2 miles and a pleasant trek through the forest.
The sites looked really nice - very clean and well-maintained. I'd recommend this campground for anyone interested in pitching a tent or parking a camper on the North Rim. You MUST make reservations (can do so 6 months in advance) as there are only 83 sites and they fill quickly. Good little campstore (although prices are high due to remoteness). Showers and laundry.
Some other campsites are located on trails into the canyon that require overnight permits (see park website). There is also a campground on the South Rim (Mather) that fills even more quickly than that on the North so again, make your reservation 6 months in advance either by phone or online:
The South Rim of the Grand Canyon does not have a monopoly on sunsets -- the North rim has a few good places to watch the coming of nightfall, too. The good news is that the North Rim tenmds to be much less crowded than the South Rim, so you don't get stacked two or three people deep to get a view as can happen at some of the South Rim points. Beware, after the sun goes beneaththe horizon, it gets cool quickly. I hada sweatshirt on within a half hour of this photo!
The North Rim is the quiet side of the Grand Canyon. It is much harder to get to and therefore draws only a fraction of the crowds that the South Rim does. The views from the north rim aren't quite as spectactuclar, because the canyon walls on the north side are not as steep as the are on the south side. However, they are still worth seeing, and it is nice to not have to fight traffic and to be able to park with ease at each viewpoint.
The North Rim has a different beauty that the South Rim. The South Rim drops almost vertically from the edge down to the bottom (I will estimate a 60 degree average angle), while the North Rim drops more gently (estimate of 30-45 degree) in comparison. The walk down is easier though longer on the North Rim, the view from there of the South Rim is great although I preferred looking at the North Rim from the South. It’s definitely worth the trip though, but if you don’t have the time, keep to the South Rim.
Grand Canyon is in the northwest corner of Arizona, close to the borders of Utah and Nevada. The Colorado River, which flows through the canyon, drains water from seven states. Natural sounds are an important part of Grand Canyon National Park. Rustling winds in the canyons and the rush of waters are the heartbeat and breath of some of the most valuable resources.
I believe it was Roosevelt that said all Americans should see The Grand Canyon, but I think he meant all of the world should see the Grand Canyon. I slept in a tent on the North Rim which I guess is a higher elevation than the south rim. The winds coming off the hole were intense, but during the day the sun made me feel warm and fuzzy. This had way more of an impact than I could've ever imagined. This here is a short walk from some lodge that looked to be the area tourist trap. Stay in a tent somewhere you will feel further from mankind.
Don't just visit the south rim - drive northwards through some stunning scenery and visit the north rim. It gives you a totally different perspective and is well worth the trip. It feels more secluded and more like the wilderness
Lots of dirt roads and very few tourists on this side of the canyon.... makes it a very fun spot to explore.
We camped off road in our motor home......and there are plenty of great easy to get to, spots just before you go through the National Park gate.