Grand Canyon Backcountry Camping to Require Reservations

Starting September 1st 2014, campers can use the National Recreation Reservation Service to make reservations in the remote northwestern part of Grand Canyon National Park. Reservations can be made up to four months in advance.

According to Grand Canyon officials, the change at Tuweep Campground, near Toroweap Overlook, will make sure that visitors have a place to stay after making the long drive.

Tuweep Campground is a primitive campsite on the northwest rim of the Grand Canyon. The area is managed for primitive values and services and developments are limited. The nine primitive Grand Canyon campsites are available on a first-come first-served basis. Up to six people and two vehicles are allowed at each campsite. There is no campground fee. The only improvements are composting toilets and picnic tables. Make sure to bring your own water and food. The area, 51 miles from a paved road, has no cell phone coverage.

Starting September 1st, campers can not build a fire or use a charcoal grill at the campground. Gas grills are permitted.

Walk-up permits may be obtained up to six days in advance at Pipe Spring National Monument near Fredonia or the St. George Public Lands Visitor Center in St. George, Utah.

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