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Bright Angel Campground
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“Amazing place!”
Reviewed 6 May 2012

I stayed 2 nights at the Bright Angel campground in late April. It was unseasonably warm, the high was 100 on the second day at the campground.

It is first come, first served, and the shade comes and goes and comes during the day. Most of the campground has plenty of shade though. There are places to hang your backpack and each site has ammo cans to store your food and trash.

We had no issues with animals getting into things or scorpions :)

There were deer everywhere though. People do not phase them. There was plenty of places to get water and the bathrooms had running water for the most part.

It was great. I really enjoyed the say. I can't wait to come back!

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 1 April 2012

On a Rim to Rim hike from the North rim to the South rim, we set up at Bright Angel Campground the second night after being warned by Boris and Natasha (really) about some ants in one of sites we were considering. We wandered over to Phantom Ranch and cleaned up in the hot water and checked out the Canteen, bought a lemonade ($2.25 with $1 refills) and postcards ($1.25 w/stamp) that we sent to our families. My mom was thrilled to get a postcard carried by mule. LOL. I had a collapsible bucket which we carried HOT water from Phantom Ranch to wash our hair with. There are flush toilets at Bright Angel.
We wandered over to the Colorado River (very muddy) and checked out the bridges (black and silver), the end of the South Kaibab, boat beach, and Rees Griffith's gravesite, We went to the ranger talk (GC Geology - DUDE - the Grand Canyon Rocks!) at Phantom Ranch at 7pm, then went for a scorpion search with the ranger right after. (They glow with a black light.) The ringtails were active at night - little did we know but my brother-in-law had forgotten about his corn nuts in his back pack (which was hanging from the T-pole), but the ringtails knew and had a corn nut party while we slept. The only other noise we heard was snoring and the Bright Angel Creek running all night - it was quite orange from the runoff from the hills after the previous rainstorm.
Nice campground that we are looking forward to visiting again.

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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Wasilla, Alaska
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Reviewed 29 March 2012

Hiked from S. Kaibab to Phantom Ranch in about 5.5 hrs with Boy Scout troops. Camped in 1 of 2 group sites. Once site has 3 covered spots where the ringtailed critters hang out and steal food from packs that you can hand under the overhang. The sites sit in between the two restrooms so the one near the bridge is less used and more convenient. After a long day of hiking, the beach is the place to just lay out, watch arriving rafters and take a nap in the sun. Watch out for squirrels, we witnessed them literally unzipping packs and taking off with snacks!
Nature lectures were held so that helped pass the time along with the liberary of books that one can take to read while visiting. This is a very challenging hike, I recommend rafting in and hiking out to save the knees. It was obvious who the rafters were and the hikers by all the limps and slow movement around the grounds, LOL.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
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Window Rock, AZ
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Reviewed 30 January 2012

This is part of R2R hike going from North to South. Got to the campground around 2 - 3 p.m. and it was pretty hot! Water and bathrooms there and Phantom Ranch not to far away. Bright Angel Creek runs by and we all went in for a dip to cool off! Many folks wake up early, about 4 a.m. to get started on the way up to avoid the heat and most are quiet!

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Denver, CO
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Reviewed 2 November 2011

This was the first backpacking trip for my sister and I. Thankfully my husband was with us and had done this before. We were at the Bright Angel Campground for 2 nights. The campground is along Bright Angel Creek and near the Colorado River. It is also 1/2 mile from Phantom Ranch. Our campsite was nice. It's first come, first serve. About half the sites are right on the creek and the other half are 'next to' the valley wall. We chose site #17, which was away from the creek. The sites have a place to hang your pack, a picnic table, a small square cement piece on the ground to put your cooking stove on and 2 metal ammo cans to store your food. We had 2-2man tents in the space with no problems at all. There is toiles (clean toilets - ladies room has 2 toilets and 2 sinks with mirrors and a hand dryer) and drinking water available in the middle of all the camp sites. We had a wonderful time. The campsites were all full while we were there. The night sky is amazing and the sounds of the night were very soothing. It's nice to have Phantom Ranch close by. We had 2 of our meals there, along with buying an occasional iced tea and lemonade in the afternoon. I would highly recommend this campground (it's tough to get a permit - so be persistent)!

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with family
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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 July 2010

Bright Angel Campground is right near Phantom Ranch located at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. The view is awesome and well worth the hike. We were able to set up tent right on the Bright Angel Creek, where cottonwood trees line its shores. The only drawback was that the water line in the Canyon broke the day before our hike. As I understand that happens often so be sure you are able to treat your water. There are flushing toilets at this campground, but no showers.

Stayed June 2009, travelled with family
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Colorado Springs
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Reviewed 6 October 2009

Made this our second stop during a 3-night/4-day hike into the Canyon. After spending the first night on the Tonto Plain we spent a very relaxed night at Bright Angel. We arrived on a very hot day and after spending about 30 minutes hydrating ourselves we found a great spot right next to the creek. We quickly set-up our gear and then hopped into the creek to cool off and do some cleaning. After being "counseled" by the ranger for our hanging of clothes and apparent inappropriate use of bio-degradable soap, we made it with a few minutes to spare for dinner. We had inquired at the south rim before hiking down and discovered some steak dinners were available for purchase. We loved it! After a long day of hiking and severe thirst, being able to sit in air conditioned (swamp cooler) comfort having steak, potato, salad, vegetables and LOTS of iced tea, hard to imagine anything better.

In addition to the food (we also did breakfast the next morning and purchased sack lunches for the hike out), we also enjoyed the clean and modern restrooms and I even made a call using the pay phone.

The only real issue with this kind of camping is the constant concern for your food (provided ammo cans are a must) and keeping your gear up off the ground away from the critters.

Highly recommend planning ahead (we made our reservations almost 6 months out) and taking advantage of this great gem.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled with friends
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Property: Bright Angel Campground
Address: Grand Canyon National Park, AZ
Region: United States > Arizona > Grand Canyon National Park
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Ranked #7 of 13 Speciality Lodging in Grand Canyon National Park
Number of rooms: 32
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Open all year, this campground offers 31 campsites. ... more   less 
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Bright Angel Campground Hotel Grand Canyon National Park

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