The Bright Angel campground is a popular place and one of the least primitive campgrounds you'll find. Think motel minus the beds. There are restroom facilities and water is available here. A permit is required for camping here and rangers do come around and check to make sure that everyone has one. I heard stories about poor souls who thought they could hike to the bottom and back in one day who tried to camp here after realizing that their plan wasn't a great one, only to be ticketed and kicked out by a park ranger. So make sure to plan accordingly and reserve your room at the inn.
Fondest memory: So we made it. We hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and slept at the foot of the Colorado River. I had quite a bit of help but it was still an accomplishment as far as I was concerned. A bit of physical exertion combined with a battle with internal and external elements. It wasn't quite the way I expected the trip to be, but was more worthwhile than I imagined.
There are several established campsites in the Grand Canyon. A permit is required. The park rangers do visit the areas and have been known to issue citations to people who do not have permits. So check with the backcountry office and reserve your spot before pitching a tent.
Fondest memory: The backcountry office provides permits. It is located in the Maswick Transportation Center and open 8-12 and 1-5 daily. Permits cost $10 plus $5 per person per night. Applications can be mailed or faxed.
PO Box 129
Grand Canyon, AZ 86023
928 638 7875
fax 638 2125