The National Park Service operates a single campground at the North Rim. The North Rim Campground is open from mid May until approximately October 15th, weather permitting and has 82 campsites. Sheltered by ponderosa pine and quaking aspen, this forested campsite does not have RV hookups; but there is a dump station, hot showers, a laundry (for a fee), and potable water. RV's up to 40 feet in length can be accommodated. Separate areas for groups, hikers and mountain bikers are available. There are also prime campsites available that are on the rim of the canyon.
Reservations are strongly recommended and should be made as far in advance as possible. Reservations can not be made more than five months in advance. You can make reservations online by visiting the National Park Reservation Service or by calling 1-800-365-2267. Last minute reservations are done on a first come first serve basis. Check in is 11:00 AM and checkout is 11:00 AM. If you are going to be late arriving to the park you need to call 520-638-7888.
Fire grates are provided and all fires must be made in the grates. Firewood can be purchased at the camp store and the gathering of firewood is against park regulations. Pets are allowed at the campsite, but must be kept on a leash at all times and are not allowed on hiking trails. No more than two vehicles are allowed per site, and no more than three tents are allowed per site. Firearms and fireworks are not permitted anywhere in the park.
There are evening programs that start at 8:00 PM every night during the summer season at the North Rim Visitor Center Auditorium. The Transept Trail follows the edge of the canyon south toward the North Rim Visitor Center Lodge and Bright Angel Point. The hike is three miles round trip from the campground and is considered moderately difficult. The trail itself offers excellent views of the Grand Canyon looking to the south and west.
Maximum stay is limited to seven days in a row, and 30 days in a season. The quiet hours are from 10:00 PM to 6:00 AM, however the area ravens are not required to follow this regulation and if you like to sleep in ear plugs are a good idea! Campers should be aware that due to the altitude the park can get cold at night, even during summer months, and should equip accordingly. Snow as early as September is possible. The Grand Canyon is also prone to receive thunderstorms in July and August when the desert monsoon blows up from the Pacific. Equipment should be setup accordingly. If you are tent camping, the safest place to be during a thunderstorm is in your car. Fees are $4 a night for those on foot or bicycle, $15 per night for a standard campsite, $20 per night for a prime campsite, and $40 a night for a group campsite.